Recently, I had the
privilege of interviewing a very talented author. Without further
delayÖletís hear from the wonderful
Hi, Gracie. Thank you for inviting me to be
interviewed at Joyfully Reviewed!
It seems that even
though you started writing ďlaterĒ in life that you always had
writing in your blood. Did you ever want to do anything else?
didnít really know what I wanted to do with my life. I ended up in
retail, primarily at a bookstore, which was the perfect fit for me.
I wrote poetry as a teenager and switched to childrenís stories in
my twenties. It wasnít until my early thirties that I started
writing romance, although Iíd read them for years.
How do you write?
Do you need absolute quiet in an office setting or can you be
sitting in your living room watching television?
have a small ďofficeĒ, which is really a screened-off area of the
living room. I need quiet to write. I canít listen to the radio or
have the television on at all. I tend to focus for an intense few
hours when I write. When I stop, my arms and legs are usually pretty
stiff and I have to walk around for a bit to shake it off. LOL
Many of your
stories are part of a series. I know as a reader I love series where
you get a glimpse at the characters you grew to love in previous
books. Do you prefer to write about characters that are connected?
funny I love reading series, but didnít always start out writing
them. Many of my books were supposed to be single titles, but I
always get interested in the other characters. Christinaís
Tapestry was supposed to be a single title, but the Bakra
brothers were just too intriguing. Book three in that series,
Woven Dreams, was just released and Iím not done yet.
Annabelle Lee also started out as a single title, as did Harkerís Journey. Both of them wound up becoming series because I guess,
once I get into those worlds, I find it hard to leave.
really enjoy writing series. I love to go back and revisit favorite
characters as much as readers do.
How do you
celebrate after meeting a deadline?
pretty low-key. I tend to go out to lunch with my hubby. Maybe Iíll
actually buy myself a book to read. I donít have near as much time
to read now that Iím writing so much.
It sounds like you
have tried quite a few different craft projects (which I am jealous
of as I have absolutely no crafty talents). Do you have a favorite
among them? Any new ones on the horizon?
enjoyed my crafting projects over the yearsóeverything from macramť,
rug hooking, embroidery, cross-stitch and crocheting. I havenít done
much in the way of crafts in a few years now. Writing has taken over
my life. I used to cross-stitch and crochet a lot, but my threads
are all wound in my thread box and my hooks are all bundled
together. Iím planning on trying my hand at making some beaded
bookmarks. Weíll have to see how that turns out.
Give us a glimpse
into a day in NJís life, what does a ďnormalĒ day for you consist
wake up early. Iíve always been an early riser and get up between
six and seven without an alarm clock. I have breakfast with my hubby
and then I usually sit at my computer and write for most of the
morning. I may go out for lunch, just to get out of the house, or I
may eat at home. In the afternoon, Iíll answer emails, scan my Yahoo
groups, and do promo work. I also use that time to do the housework
and regular household chores. After supper is usually spent with my
hubby and family. Itís really disgustingly normal. LOL
What are some of
your favorites authors, books, movies, music, and food?
I always find it hard to pick favorites. Letís
Favorite Authors: In romanceóJayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, J.R.
Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lori Foster, Julie Garwood, Christine Feehan,
Charlene TegliaÖthe list could be endless.
Favorite Books: God on a Harley, Anything by Louisa May Alcott, Gift
From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and The Gift of A Year by
Favorite Music: Iím all over the place. I donít like any particular
genre, but I know what I like. Everything from Leonard Cohen, Johnny
Cash, Loreena McKennitt, Stan Rogers, Evanescence, Nickelback. I
also like soundtracks. Some of my favorites are The Last of the
Mohicans and The Lost Boys.
Favorite Food: Dark Chocolate!
I know that you
write in several different genres. Do you have a favorite and why?
not sure I have a favorite genre, but I do tend to write a lot of
contemporary books and paranormals. Contemporaries are fun to write
because theyíre grounded in the everyday. While paranormals are fun
because you get to twist the everyday with things like vampires and
like mixing it up. Keeps my writing fresh when Iím constantly going
from one genre to another. This year alone, Iíve worked on a vampire
novel, two contemporary erotic romances, a contemporary, two
time-travel/mťnage and Iím working on a straight paranormal.
How does the
writing process work for you? Do your stories come to you all at
once or page by page?
out my characters before I ever start to write. As I get to know
them, their story begins to evolve and I may jot down ideas for
scenes. I generally know the gist of the plot and the conflict,
before I begin, but that changes as I write. The minute I have the
opening scene straight in my mind, I start to write. It all flows
If you could bring
one of your characters to life who would it be and why?
from ďA Love EternalĒ, my Elloraís Cavemen: Legendary Tails IV
story. I canít tell you why because that might ruin the plot for
those folks who havenít read it. Letís just say that Seth is a
mighty interesting guy.
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers?
Sometimes the best writers never get published because they give up.
This is a tough business, and if youíve have any hope at all of
making it, you have to be persistent.
always write what you love. Donít bother with the trends, because by
the time youíve finished your trendy book, the publishers will have
already moved on to the next one.
How does your
family feel about your writing? It sounds like your husband is very
supportive of you.
husband is my biggest fan. Heís my first reader for everything that
I write. As well, he helps to maintain my website, plus he writes a
monthly column for my newsletter entitled ďConfessions of a Romance
family was shocked when they found out I write romance and erotic
romance. Iím still not sure my mother really understands exactly
what I write, but my sister and brother are supportive.
Do you have a
favorite character or is each one special to you and you simply
as hard to choose a favorite character as it is for a parent to
choose a favorite child. Some are more special than others
thoughóStefan from the Dalakis series, Marc and Jarmon from the
Tapestries series, Cain and Lucas from the Awakening Desires series
and Seth from ďA Love EternalĒ. I seem to like the ones that have
more than their share of personal tragedy that they have to
How do you promote
the same things all authors do. I have a website, blog and
newsletter, plus I advertise in print and on-line, and take
advantage of any promotional opportunities that come my way. In the
end, I try and write the best book I can. There is no other
publicity as good as word of mouth from readers who enjoy your work.
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us?
First, I want to thank Joyfully Reviewed for interviewing me. Itís
been a lot of fun. I appreciate the support that your website gives
Dreams, book 3 in the Tapestries series just released from
Cave and my next release from them will be the Elloraís Cavemen:
Seasons of Seduction III anthology in September. You can also check
out my contemporary Jamesville series at
anyone wanting to know more about my books, you can check out my
my blog, or join my