A. I’m a stay at home mom who used to be a lawyer, who turned into a romance writer and never looked back! I have 2 daughters, age (almost) 21 and 16, a husband, and two dogs (Wheaten Terrier and Havanese). I love love love to read, I’m always online, I occasionally knit, and enjoy shopping and being with close friends! I didn’t plan to write romance novels, or to be a writer at all but I was always a huge reader. Once I found the Romance genre as a reader, I knew what was missing from my life, somehow I decided to try my hand at writing, and from that day forward, I KNEW that was what I was meant to do! Looking back, I did make up stories in my head when I was younger, so the tendencies were there all along. I just didn’t know it!
Q. Perfect Fit just released. How excited do you get for each release? Do you have a special ‘thing’ you do with family to celebrate?
A. I always get excited with each new release. Every new book feels like a fresh chance, a new start … I don’t know. It’s very exciting for me personally. I don’t do anything special at home or with my family. I’m too busy online promoting the new book, talking to readers on Twitter and Facebook … and writing whatever story I am currently working on.
A. No and I wish there were! Maybe I should make up some. J I have a tendency to let my characters grow and develop as I write them which makes for a lot of going back, adding in and rewriting but I prefer the organic approach I guess! Every time I’ve tried to do too much in advance it backfires on me.
A. No but I’ve tried, believe me. I love the idea but it turns out my brain doesn’t work that way. As I mentioned above, it’s an organic process and I just hang on for the ride and hope my characters (or my critique partner) knows what they’re doing to keep me on track!
A. No to that one too! I’m always thinking about my health and cholesterol (heredity) so it’s an ongoing battle for me anyway.
A. I’ve always been a slacker when it comes to exercise but lately the treadmill has been my friend. Now that the New Year is over and vacations and holidays behind me, I need to get back to routine! 30 minutes of walking a few times a week.
A. LaVyrle Spencer was my inspiration long, long ago. She’s been retired for awhile. Her book, Separate Beds, was the one that got me hooked on real contemporary romance at the time.
A. Not really … maybe more erotic romance … but I just let my characters take over … and leave that to my reading. I love what I write and I’m so lucky to be able to do it every day J
A. I would like to think I’m exactly where I’m meant to be!
A. Beyond important. Crucial. This can be a very debilitating sort of career if you let rejections get you down. Writing is solitary by nature. I believe the Internet has helped writers as a whole, not be so depressed all day because they can reach out much quicker. At the same time, the Internet doesn’t substitute for real people. You need those around you to support your dreams and love you through them! Friends and family.
A. I loved what I did in the original Serendipity trilogy, the brothers and their mixed/ongoing story. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool if I stayed in Serendipity, but moved on at the same time? Families within the town, connected people and stories, but letting readers have stand alone type books too. These three have ongoing characters/family but not a story thread the way Serendipity, Destiny and Karma did. I wanted readers to be able to pick up a book and read if they’d like – or feel like they’re following a family in order if they prefer … while remaining in a familiar place. Luckily for me, readers really seemed to like the town of
A. Yes! Fifth and Sixth. Next we’ll get Mike and Sam’s sister Erin in Perfect Fling (8/2013) and then Sam himself in Perfect Together (2/2014).
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Note: Interview conducted by Mahalia Levey.