We were lucky enough to have a talented author take
time out of her busy schedule to chat with us. Without further
delay, letís hear from...
When did you begin writing and have you
always wanted to be an author?
Have you ever thought to yourself as you
read a book: I wish the author had turned the story in a different
direction or made it more interesting by doing such and such.
Similar thoughts led me to write my own book, so I could create a
world and inhabit it with characters I find interesting, then lead
them into situations that intrigue me and see what happens.
I read that chocolate is your favorite food.
What are some of your other favoritesÖauthors, movies, music, and
any other favorites.
I usually read more than one book
concurrently. At the moment, Iím at the beginnings of books by
three authors who are new to me: J. R. Ward, Sunny, and Diana
Gabaldon. Iím enjoying all three and recommend them.
include Love Actually, Gone with the Wind, Being There, Clueless,
Jane Eyre (A&E), Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Shawshank Redemption,
and The Lost Boys. I love TV (selectively) and watch Weeds,
Entourage, Tudors, etc.
I canít listen to
music or TV while I write. I prefer quiet.
Museums and history
seem to be a big interest for you and you have traveled to some very
interesting places. Do you have one travel location that you enjoyed
more than the other?
traveled to Italy and France, visiting locations Iím using in The
Lords of Satyr trilogy. A bus took me to Villa d'Este near Rome,
where Nicholas goes in search of his half-faerie, half-human bride
Jane in book 1 of The Lords of Satyr trilogy. They first meet there
in the mansionís garden, which was lush and alive with the sounds of
splashing water. I wandered along the Avenue of the Hundred
Fountains and saw the fabulous grand water organ. What a lovely,
In book 2, Raine
meets Jordan near the Rialto Bridge along the Grand Canal in
Venice. A daytrip there allowed me to get a sense of the paths the
two of them traveled in the story.
In Paris, I found
an old hotel on Ile Saint-Louis along the Seine River, where Lyon
(book 3) will stay when he visits the city in search of Juliet, the
third of the half-faerie sisters.
Your Lord of Satyr series has a historical
paranormal theme. Do you intend to continue writing in this genre or
do you have plans to try different genres when you finish with the
Once you create a world, itís hard to
let go. I have ideas for continuing the series, featuring
descendants and relatives of the three 1823 brothers in the
trilogy--Nicholas, Raine, and Lyon. I recently met my editor Audrey
LaFehr. Sheís enthusiastic about the series and mentioned it as one
of her favorites of the season in an article on erotic romance
printed in Publishers Weekly (July 9 issue). Iíve submitted a 4th
book in the series, which she has accepted. So weíll see where
things go from there.
Iíve always read in
many romance genres including contemporary, erotic, and more
recently, urban fantasy. Historical and paranormal are fun because
they offer the freedom of creating male characters whose alpha male
side is more highly developed than might be desirable in a
contemporary, non-paranormal setting.
Do you find it easier or more difficult to
write stories that are connected? I know that I absolutely love
stories that follow the same characters and I cannot wait to read
I agree! I adore series about brothers
and male friends. Itís fun writing about sexy men bonding,
supporting each other, arguing, and teasing each other. All the
things brothers and friends do. I like writing books that are
connected, yet can stand alone. The connection makes the world the
characters inhabit seem all the more well-rounded and real.
You seem very close to your family. What do
they think about your writing career and have they read your work?
We all support one another and are proud
each otherís accomplishments. I have no bigger cheer team than my
family. However, they tend to read literary works. Iím the only
one in the family whoís an avid reader of the romance genre.
How does the writing process work for you?
Do you know exactly how the story is going to go from the start of
does it just comes page by page?
I know the main things before I
beginóthe main characters, their main dilemmas and problems, the
beginning, the middle, the ending, and some key scenes in between.
But I donít make a detailed outline. Iím one of those authors for
whom over-outlining kills the fun of writing the book.
Figure skatingÖthat is an interesting way to
exercise. What made you begin figure skating and how long have you
My sister is an award-winning skater on
a non-professional level. She got me interested in skating, though
I donít compete and will never be as good as she is. It keeps me
limber and is an aerobic workout. Since I donít get to dance very
often, itís a good substitute.
Do you have a writing schedule you follow?
Do you spend a certain amount of time writing each day?
Kate Douglas (Wolf Tales) recently told
me she is careful to corral her writing-business-related activities
into a couple of hours each morning. Then she turns to her
writing. I think thatís a good plan.
Iím disciplined and
make sure to write a minimum of five hours a day. If I donít get
that done during the week, I make up the missing time on the
Tell us a little about what makes
I have a great husband and cats named
Chelsea and Biscuit. My sister and mom are my best friends, and we
shop and cook together when we can. We all love animals. I
volunteer at a local no-kill pet shelter where itís hard not to
adopt all the cats, dogs, and the occasional bunny that come in.
As you noted
earlier, I'm a museum junkie and love history and archeology. When I
was an art history major at university many years ago, I became
fascinated with Greco-Roman artifacts. All those ancient urns,
frescoes, and amphorae decorated with lusting satyrs, maenads, and
Bacchus (or Dionysus) celebrating the annual grape harvest inspired
The Lords of Satyr series.
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
If youíre just starting out and trying
to find a beginning, brainstorm ideas and choose one that hooks
you. Write on a regular basis. Be selfish in order to be sure you
get some writing time.
When I wrote
Nicholas, I had no idea if there was a market for the type of book I
was writing or if anyone would publish it. But I wrote the book I
wanted to write. Thatís so important.
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if so, how can they contact you?
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