I recently had the chance to chat with a very talented
author. So, without further delay, letís hear from the
Has writing always been something that
you wanted to pursue?
I would say that writing and
something that I've always loved. I set it aside almost
totally for about a decade at one point. I'm so happy to have
I read that you are able to write full-time
now. Do you miss your job and going to work everyday?
Itís the people I miss. I have to make an
effort to maintain those relationships that are important to me.
Writing can be a solitary experience. There are a handful of people
that I used to work with that I've remained close to and do things
with socially. And, I've managed to make many new friends in the
writing and publishing industry. I do still go to work every day,
except now it's just a matter of grabbing that first cup of coffee
and walking into the downstairs office. I LOVE working from home.
You used to work in the psychiatric field.
Do you use your background in your writing?
Absolutely. Many of my characters are
involved in the mental health field. Violet Deeds, the heroine in my
first 2 Forbidden books (Forbidden: The Claim and Forbidden: The
Awakening) is a psychiatrist as is Wesley Atherton, my hero in In
the Still of the Night. Elizabeth Reynolds from As You Wish is a
Social Worker as is my hero in Shelter from the Storm.
I also use my
training when developing characters in general; creating behavioral
and psychological profiles for them that help me understand their
motivations, desires, etc.
You write in several genres, do you have a
My absolute favorite is paranormal
romance/urban fantasy. My second favorite would be straight
Some of your stories are part of a series;
do you enjoy writing connected stories? I know as a reader, I
absolutely love connected stories and getting to revisit old
I very much enjoy the continuity of a
series. It's a bit of a challenge sometimes, keeping all of the
layers and references straight, but overall it's been a very
satisfying experience. I'm currently working on the 4th book in the
Forbidden series. There are two additional books that are
essentially prequels to characters that we meet in book two,
Forbidden: The Awakening. I'm toying with the idea of reworking
those and integrating them more into the series at some point. There
would likely be some stylistic changes and some tightening of plot.
Those would be As You Wish and In the Still of the Night.
Tell us some of your favorites (i.e. foods,
music, authors, books, movies, hobbies, and any other favorites you
would like to share).
Favorite food - Italian
Favorite music -
Hmm. I kind of have broad taste in music. I'm listening to a Frank
Sinatra CD at the moment.
Favorite Author -
Impossible to pick. I'll tell you what I'm currently re
-readingÖBlood Drive by Jeanne C. Stein. It was still in my
briefcase and I picked it back up on my recent flight home from
Portland. The last book I'd read before that we Mile High by G.A.
Hauser. It should be out in a few months. What a fun romp! My TBR
pile is embarrassingly huge.
Favorite Movies -
Out of Africa, Casablana, The English Patient
Show of All Time - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Favorite Hobby -
Wine tasting. We have a cellar in our house and mostly collect
Writing romance, do you believe in the
happily ever after? Have you found yours?
I am a complete and
total sucker for romance and I most definitely believe in the
happily ever after. I also know, however that it takes continual
work and effort. My book, Shelter from the Storm focuses very much
on that theme. I'm happy to report that I'll be married nineteen
years this October and I don't plan to let my husband get away. I
keep him chained up in the basement.
What do you consider the most unique thing
You mean besides
the fact that I keep my husband chained up in the basement? I'm not
sure I can top that...unless itís to admit that I make up stories
about the fact that I keep my husband chained up in the basement. In
fact, it seems Iíve even made up the fact that we have a basement.
The husband? Heís real.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and
what is the best way to contact you?
Oh yes! Readers can email by directly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or they can use the contact form on
my website which is
Do you have a writing schedule that you
I try to have everything wrapped up by 2:30
so that I'm free to pick my son up at school and focus on helping
him with homework and making dinner. My mornings are spent writing,
working on promo, and doing house chores. Whatís my least favorite
chore? Vacuuming. Yuck!
Does your family support your writing and do
they read your work?
My family is extremely supportive. My mom
has always believed in me. She's my number one cheerleader and reads
everything. My husband was wary at first, giving up my full-time job
so that I could pursue working in this industry was a major
commitment for us both. It took a couple years for us to make the
leap. Now we look at each other and wonder why on earth we waited so
long! My father thinks what I'm doing is great, but he doesn't read
any of it. Or, if he does,