Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I got hooked on romance novels as a teenager when I discovered my mother's stash of Harlequins. In no time, I was devouring everything I could get my hands on. The habit probably would have eventually drained my finances and free-time, were it not for the unexpected distraction of a job in technology. After years drifting around the country pursuing lifestyle choices and career options, I settled in Colorado with my wonderful husband and our two rambunctious cats.
A few years ago I decided to give the logical side of my brain a rest and take a sabbatical. While reuniting with my old reading habit I happened to stumble upon a regency romance series. I became obsessed again! I'd forgotten the simple pleasures of great character and conflict minus the cliché meanness prevalent in a lot of writing these days. These books transported me in time; not only to their richly described historical eras, but back to a time when I adored a good romance with a spunky heroine, handsome hero and a happily ever after ending. Those renewed feelings have inspired me to begin writing my own versions of those themes. I hope the appeal of my first work, Sweet Corner, is that while it began as a contemporary romance the tapestry of characters broadened into a more satisfying blend of genres.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My first book, Sweet Corner, actually sprang from a dream I had one night. The scenery and interaction between the man and woman in the dream played out in my head so vividly it was as if I'd watched a movie while I slept. I couldn't stop thinking about those two characters, and in the days and weeks that followed my imagination created a back-story to frame it. It seems these characters wanted their story told and I was happy to accommodate them.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I find inspiration at the strangest times. I usually think through scenes and dialogs while I'm doing something physical such as running or going for long walks. Whatever the day or time, I rush back to my laptop as soon as I can to capture those ideas while they're still fresh in my mind. Once the draft started coming together “on paper” I would always sit down at the keyboard first thing every morning and write as much as possible.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As an avid reader, it's difficult for me to choose.
What are you working on now?
My next book is a humorous mystery about four friends who find themselves questioning whether the recent deaths of casual acquaintances might just be murder. While they initially laugh about the idea over their weekly cocktail hour, the evidence and their suspicions start piling up. The main character of the bunch inadvertently hires a handsome private detective to help them investigate the possibility that there really is a killer in their midst.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
As a new writer, I'm still figuring this one out!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't give up! The number of people who want to write a book is astronomical. The number of people who start writing is impressive. The number of who actually complete a work (let alone get it published) is miniscule. Be proud of your achievements!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write every day, no matter what or how much. It took me a while to get comfortable with sitting down and just "spewing" words. I finally realized that, for me, it was more important to be productive than to wait for perfect inspiration.
What are you reading now?
Craig Johnson's “As The Crow Flies”, and Tamera Alexander's “A Lasting Impression”. (I have eclectic taste!)
What’s next for you as a writer?
Completing the second book I'm working on now. I'm also considering a Sweet Corner follow-up to answer those questions I keep getting (What about Bella and Cody?).
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have an ancient, worn copy of The Show Gypsies by Leigh Brown that I'll never, ever part with!