Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm the author of five romance novels, including those in the sub-genres of romantic suspense, paranormal/ghosts, and contemporary. A New York native, I have also lived in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, and Massachusetts, where I presently reside with my husband of 39 years. I work by day in scientific research for Tufts University. All of the rest of the time, I write. Sleeping is optional.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest release, due out Feb. 14, 2017, is the second of my Haunted Voices novels entitled Spirits of the Heart. It is set in Middletown, N.Y., the town where I grew up, on the grounds of an abandoned mental asylum there. I have always been fascinated by the history of mental health treatment, and equally creeped out by places such as the defunct Middletown Psychiatric Center. It seemed the perfect place to set another ghostly romantic suspense.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write very early mornings, before my day job, for an hour or so. Then I return to my manuscript in the late afternoon when I get home. Neither a "plotter" nor a "pantser," I tend to come up with a story concept, i.e., a premise first. Then I start researching the subject, the setting, etc. But before I can begin the very first word of the actual manuscript, I must decide on names for my main characters, and search for "photographs" of them. Only when I've "met" these imaginary people can they begin to tell me their story.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm a big fan of the late, great Barbara Michaels, who wrote books I loved–and could never find enough of. That's why I started writing them. I'm also a fan of Simone St. James, whose books and ghosts have cost me more than one night's sleep. Her "Inquiry into Love and Death" particularly spooked me. Nora Roberts' Boonesboro Trilogy is a personal favorite, and I've listened to all three of them on audiobook at least twice each.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on the next Haunted Voices Novel entitled "Pigments." It's still in its embryonic form (i.e., names of characters but no pictures yet), but it will take place in an art museum. My heroine is a Forensic DNA expert who suffers from an unusual but very real phobia: fear of visual art. There is a name for it but I have difficulty spelling it and can't possibly pronounce it! The hero is a museum curator. Now doesn't that couple have potential for match made in heaven? LOL!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Book Trailers, which I do myself. I find daily Tweets bring attention to my books, particularly when I post a link to my book trailers.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Read as many of the kinds of novels you like as you can. Listen to them on audiobook. And don't ever, ever give up.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Proofread by reading your manuscript out loud. It's amazing what your ears will hear that your eyes skip over. This advice came from the publisher of my debut novel, Phantom Traces from Soul Mate Publishing. Thank you, Debby, for this marvelous advice.
What are you reading now?
All the Shadowy Horses by Susanna Kearsley. Another ghost story – of course.
What’s next for you as a writer?
My goal is to write three books a year. I'm also working on a non-fiction book for writers called "The Road to Publication." It's got all the information in it that I wished I'd had when I started out.
What is your favorite book of all time?
A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux. I still have the original, tattered paperback on my "favorite books of all time" shelf.