In a country stuck in the dark ages is a world filled with sex and scandal. Governed by royalty, those in power have many deep-rooted secrets that span generations.
Prince Anton’s sordid past has forged his future. He finds his only pleasure from being a sadist, but he knows he must continue the royal bloodline and create an heir for his country. Forced by responsibility, he turns to the one man who can give him the best of both worlds. But will Prince Anton find what he’s searching for?
Damian is the ruler of The Dungeon. He is the Teacher, and the only man Prince Anton can trust to provide him with what he needs. He is on a mission to find a virgin submissive to become the prince’s life partner. What happens when the Teacher falls for the woman he’s been ordered to train?
As lust and love spiral out of control, Prince Anton and Damian find their lives change unexpectedly because of one independent and defiant woman.
CONTENT DISCLAIMER: This book contains mature themes such as harsh language, violence, and sexual situations.
Tell me about yourself.
I am a 35 year old wife and mother of two. Born and raised in Central Pennsylvania, I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else; although with the cold this winter I have threatened to move to Hawaii and my husband keeps talking about this 40,000 acre ranch in Montana. I’m an animal lover and you never know what kind of crazy pet you’ll find when you walk into my house. Right now, we’re down to one dog and one cat, but we have had pet mice and rats and fish and geckos… the list could go on and on. I’m very involved in church activities—although everything I do really revolves around the children of the church. My greatest joy right now, is watching my son develop a love of books. He’s had some difficulty with reading in the past but he’s now discovered comic books and graphic novels. I tear up every time I see him with a book.
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing as long as I can remember. Before I could actually write, I made up stories and told them to anyone who would listen. It’s only been in the past few years that I started writing anything anyone would actually want to read though. It began with a very personal blog that was integral in healing from some very difficult times in my life and just steamrolled from there.
What’s your story about?
Royally Trained is the start of a three books series (three books for now) about the royal family of a fictional island country called Colania. Royally Trained follows Crown Prince Anton (Crown Prince is the title used for an unmarried King), his half brother Damian, and Mellissandra Elias. Anton is searching for a woman to be bear his children, but he’s extremely sadistic and has requirements for women. Damian is the official leader of the sex industry in Colania and in charge of finding the perfect woman and training her to be what Anton needs. Mellissandra is the woman in the middle. This isn’t a love triangle series, and Mellissandra never has to make a choice between the men. Also, each book deals with one particular conflict that is resolved by the end. There are many things that are left at loose ends, but each book is complete all on its own.
What genre would you consider your book?
Is bat-shit crazy a genre? Seriously though, Royally Trained doesn’t fit the mold of any one category. There is definitely a romance element along with an erotic element, but that doesn’t begin to encompass the entire story. There are secrets that are slowly unraveled, crazy people, murder…
Give me some insight into your main character.
Crown Prince Anton—Sadistic and twisted, but there is something about him that is so appealing. I had originally planned to kill him off in this book, but he kept me up nights telling me that he had some good qualities and it was my job to find them. By the end of the book, he became my favorite character.
Damian Bellaro—Dominating and arrogant, but caring and gentle at the same time. He had a rough start in life, but you’ll never find Damian complaining about it.
Mellissandra Elias—Strong, defiant, and determined. Mellissandra makes some hard decisions in this book, but she has a spine of steel and deals with the consequences as they come.
What makes your book different from others in its genre?
You won’t find any rockstars or motorcycle clubs in my books, although I do enjoy a good bad boy. Instead I went with crazy royals, who turn out to be regular people who have had bad things happen in their lives. I try to keep some things as realistic as possible, even going so far as to include therapy sessions to help the characters overcome some of the traumas they face. I believe people can have that one moment of clarity that causes them to turn their life around, but I don’t believe those changes can be made over night and without a lot of work.
What inspired you to write your book?
I started out writing on a website called Wattpad. I’d been reading on there for a while and eventually I just had to become a contributor. Its popularity grew rapidly, surprising for a Rated R story on this site. The comments and votes and fans kept me writing until the first draft was completed in just three weeks.
How did you come up with the title?
Royally Trained actually had a working title, Training, and that came first. I wrote the book based on the title. It wasn’t until I started the second book that I appealed to my Wattpad readers to help me come up with a better title that I would work in a series.
What’s your favorite part of it, without giving anything away of course?
There is one character in particular, who was supposed to be just a minor supporting character, who completely took over. Gillian Portsmith is the head doctor in the castle hospital and she was so much fun to write. I can’t say more than that, because that would be telling.
Tell me about your writing process? Do you outline and plot your book as you’re writing or does it go where it goes?
I start with a general story idea in my head and a few main events that I know are going to happen. Then I just sit and write. I never know how exactly how I’m going to get from point A to point B and I’ve watched scenes go in a completely different direction because of it; but I’ve found that the scene is often better and more realistic because of it. It’s much easier to put emotion into my writing if I actually feel it.
I never use a written outline because if a something goes in another direction, I don’t want to feel like I have to get back to the plan. Sometimes, just like in life, you just can’t plan what’s going to happen. Anton is very happy about that, because otherwise he would be dead.
What do you find most difficult about writing?
Editing! I wrote all three Royally books in just under four months. It took me six months after I got Royally Trained back from my editor to finish it. I have set a deadline for myself with Royally Tamed.
Are you a full-time writer?
I write and edit and write some more in what amounts to full time hours. Does that make me a full-time writer? Well I haven’t quit my day job yet.
What are your writing ambitions?
I love when people read what I’ve written and come back and tell me about it. To me that is bigger than making money. That’s not to say I wouldn’t like to make enough money to be able to quit the day job and write exclusively. Now if you ask my husband, he’ll tell you my ambition is to make enough money to get us on that 40,000 acre ranch in Montana.
What do you do when you get writer’s block?
My poor husband has had to sit through hours of talking about plots and scenes and what’s supposed to happen and characters who will not cooperate to get me through some rough spots. At one point, I thought there was maybe two or three chapters left in Royally Trained—until I talked it out with him.
What is your favorite book?
I can’t choose just one favorite book. I grew up reading V.C. Andrews and Flowers in the Attic will always remain one of all-time favorite reads. But there are so many books that have a permanent place in my heart that if I began naming them all, the list would be never ending.
Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?
I literally read everything and I read really fast, so I’m constantly watching for new authors. Recently I discovered Candy J. Starr and her Bad Boy Rockstar series and T. A. Grey with her Bellum Sisters Series.
Are you self published or traditionally published? Do you wish you had gone about the process differently?
I did extensive research into both self-publishing and traditional publishing. In the end, I went with self-publishing because I wanted to retain the rights to my work as well as creative control. Sometimes I do wish I’d gone the traditional route simply because publishing is a long, tedious progress and exposure is hard to come by. But I can’t regret my choice because I feel that I have so many more options open to me.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Keep writing. With every word I write, I get better at my craft. I can see the growth from Royally Trained to Royally Tamed. Also, read reviews and listen to your readers, but don’t let them dictate your story. You’ll never please everyone, so make sure you please yourself. (I know it’s cliché, but it’s also very true.)
If you could have dinner with any person dead or alive who would it be?
Virginia Andrews. There is so much depth and feeling in the books that she wrote before she passed away, I would love to just be able to talk to her for half an hour.
When you aren’t writing, what do you do for fun?
When I’m not writing or transporting my kids to and from dance and karate and horseback lessons, I’m a reader. During the summer you’ll find my family camping and enjoying the outdoors, but I always have a book with me. I also love to dance and do so in the middle of the night when no one can see me.
What's your biggest fear?
Spiders. Without a doubt the most evil creature on the face of the earth.
Who is the most annoying character you've ever encountered in a book, on tv or in a movie?
I’m easily annoyed, so the list is just too great to name. However, a few qualities that will have me gritting my teeth are whiny, weak women who need a man to rescue them.
If you were on death row, what would you choose for a final meal?
Something that takes a loooong time to cook.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
People who think apologizing is a sign of weakness…they’re usually also the people who refuse to take responsibility for their actions.
If you knew you could get away with anything without consequence, what would you do?
Nope, not going there. I’d be in trouble for sure. J
What is your biggest regret in life?
I don’t believe in regrets. I am the person I am today because of every choice I made, every path I’ve taken or not taken.
If you had Doctor Who's TARDIS, what time would you travel to?
I would love to go back to medieval times with some modern technology, so long as I wasn’t burned at the stake for being a witch or something.
Because it would be so awesome to be the amazing wizard.
What is the best present you ever received?
When we were first dating, my husband bought me a ring for Christmas. He made sure to tell me it wasn’t an engagement ring, but I thought it was better. It was so obvious that he was only thinking about me and what I would like when he bought it. It wasn’t expensive when he bought it, but we’ve sunk a ton of money into fixing it every time it’s needed it. Fourteen years and I still wear it.
What's your secret guilty pleasure movie you don't want to admit you love?
Twilight. But you have to promise not to tell anyone.
What is your most prized material possession?
I have two children and a husband. I have no material possessions except for my laptop, and they know if they touch it, they’re in serious trouble.
If you could say anything to your readers, what would it be?
Talk to me. I really want to know what you think, good or bad. I love to chat whether it’s about my book or others or just life in general.
Where can we find you?