Lashell Collins was born and raised in a small Ohio town. And although her midwestern upbringing gave her a very practical outlook on life, it didn’t stop her from daydreaming about romance and love and all the special little things that make life magical.
Lashell has always loved to write and often dreamed about pursuing her passion, but like so many of us, she allowed life and circumstances to lead her down a very different path for a long time. An avid lover of both animals and flowers, Lashell has spent the last twenty years working in Veterinary Clinics and Garden Centers before finally finding the courage to take writing seriously.
She lives in Ohio with her husband and their two four-legged children, a Bernese Mountain Dog named Ben and an American Bobtail cat called Spike. She is a hopeless romantic, a huge music fan, loves to laugh and loves a happy ending.
When stunningly beautiful drilling heiress, Samantha Colby is mugged one night, her misfortune leads to an encounter with the handsome and mysterious Detective Joshua Pierce. The reluctant celebutante is immediately taken by his rugged good looks, his take-charge attitude and his quiet concern for her safety. Unable to stop the disturbing thoughts suddenly running through his mind at the sight of her, Detective Pierce finds himself strangely captivated by her beauty, her innocence and her charm.
Inexplicably drawn to one another and unable to fight it, the pair embark on a passionate physical affair. But despite the safety and love Samantha feels when she's with him, she soon discovers that the good detective is a tormented man, haunted by ghosts and memories that he can't forget. But when it becomes clear that Samantha's mugging was only the beginning of her trouble, can Pierce find a way to quiet the demons that threaten to consume him in order to keep her safe, or will he allow his tortured past to destroy them both?
With heavy doses of romance, eroticism and heart, the Pierced Trilogy is a sweet tale of finding love, overcoming your past, and learning to hope for the future.
Q) What inspired you to write this story?
I was talking to my husband one night about what would happen if a wealthy young woman fell in love with a blue collar, working-class man – like a police officer. It's a concept that I've always been interested in because we hear all these studies about how men desire to be the bread winner and how they feel intimidated if a woman makes more money than they do. Plus, I keep reading stories where the hero is always some wealthy, corporate tycoon and the woman is the one that comes from nothing, and I just wanted to switch that up a little.
Q) How long did it take you to write?
The entire trilogy took me about four months to write. And then, of course, came the endless editing, revisions and tweaking which took forever.
Q) What is your favorite thing about writing?
My favorite thing about writing is that I can do absolutely anything, go anywhere, create whatever world my imagination can dream up. I can literally build the perfect man! The only problem is that he exists solely in my fictional world.
Q) What is your least favorite thing about writing?
Writer's block is certainly no fun. And it can be so isolating because no one understands, unless they're writers themselves.
Q) If you could be any famous person for one day, who would you be and why?
I'm a huge General Hospital fan, and I was a also a big fan of One Life to Live and of Port Charles back in the day, so I'm just going to be completely honest and say that I'd want to be Kelly Monaco. Just so that I could be close to Michael Easton for a few hours. I love that man! In fact, if you pay close attention to Detective Joshua Pierce's physical appearance in Pierced By Danger – even down to his soft, deep voice – you might notice a big resemblance to Mr. Easton.
Q) What is the oldest thing in your fridge and how old is it?
I know there's an old jar of cole slaw dressing that's been in there for probably about two months or so. That's embarrassing to admit. I'm going to go throw that out right now.
Q) What can readers expect from you in the future?
More romance. I love a good love story, whether I'm reading it or writing it, and that's what you can expect from me.