Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Writing is my passion. Poetry [some published], songs, short stories, novels – mystery, contemporary, and historical romance. I have five historical romance novels underway and in editing. The Queen of Paradise Valley is my first published novel!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Title: The Queen of Paradise Valley
The story is loosely derived from the old Western TV series The Big Valley. What if, I mused, the lovely daughter was the complete opposite of compliant, easy-going, sweet? What if she’s stubborn, contrary, argumentative, not afraid to cuss when necessary? What happens when she meets her match? [Hint: sparks, flames, explosions…]
I’ve read many romances where the tortured hero is saved by the love of a woman. This book attempts the opposite, with a strong hero battling his own flaws. Can these two save each other?
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
My family will say I do, but I don't see them. 🙂
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I could say none of them, or all of them. I read widely, across genres, and admire so many writers the list would be too long. And if they haven't influenced me, they do affect me, as do the stories.
What are you working on now?
A historical romance set during Victorian times. Irish girl, English boy, she's the daughter of an Irish patriot, he's been forced to work for Her Majesty's's Secret Service. And that's all I'm saying at this time. 🙂
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I'm rather new to this and have been using Twitter and Facebook, and some sites that offer book spotlights. I'm making pages on Bookbub and Goodreads. Much to learn.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get your name out early and be active on writers and readers forums, on twitter, so readers will remember you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write a good book!
What are you reading now?
I'm rereading The Sunbird by Wilbur Smith, a South African writer. Engrossing novel, one of the first time-travels I read. [Not a romance]
What’s next for you as a writer?
I started writing a young adult novel and hope to finish it this year. I would also like to compile some of my poetry into a chapbook. And of course just continue writing about love, mystery, romance.
What is your favorite book of all time?
To Kill a Mockingbird. I first read it when I was 11 and it resonated deeply, then and now.