How did you decide to become an author?

I actually came to writing from my love for theatre. I’ve always been a huge reader, but when I was younger I hoped to work on stage. After taking a playwriting class I realized that I preferred to create my own characters rather than mimicking someone else’s. I’ve been writing a play (that I would still love to finish), but my heart has always belonged to romance, so I swiftly turned my efforts to novels.

Who is the person who has encouraged and inspired you the most in your life?

So many! But first and foremost my parents. I grew up in a small town in Missouri with very traditional parents, but they offered me unconditional support through my early phase of wanting to become a famous actress and then when I decided I was going to be an author. Never once did they make me feel that my dreams were silly or out of reach. And of course, my husband has always encouraged me to keep going, even on my darkest days. I’ll always be grateful for their belief in me.

What does a typical writing day look like for you?

I get up early and exercise, otherwise I can find a dozen excuses not to do it. Then I usually go through my email and update my social media pages. I also do some promo work and run my errands. Then, I start writing. If I’m in the middle of a book I can write until I go to bed. My poor family has learned that once I disappear into my office they won’t see me until the book is finished.

Where do you write?

Ha, I write on my sofa in the living room so you would find a huge silver lab named Levet and an itty bitty mini aussie pup named Saint. They ride shotgun whenever I’m writing.

How is it different to write with a partner?

Usually writing is a solitary business. I lock myself in my office, or my ‘troll hole’ as my family calls it, and I disappear into whatever book I’m writing. It’s been unbelievably fun to actually discuss the world and characters and story arc with a partner.

When writing the Bayou Heat series, I write the first story in each book and then Laura Wright picks up where I left off and writes the second story. Together we can come up with plot twists and fun surprises that neither of us would have thought of on our own.