is a multi-published author with a varied career.
Tune in below to see what makes her tick, and what makes her an
author that you need to check out!
When did you know you first wanted to write?
When I was twelve. I couldn't imagine
anything more wonderful than writing books that could take people
outside of themselves.
Describe your feelings when you signed your
first book contract.
Aw. Amazement. Fear that they'd change
their minds, LOL! I signed and mailed that contract back to Ellora's
Cave so fast the paper it was printed on practically got whiplash. I
made three sales to EC before I relaxed a little and quit thinking
they'd made a mistake!
How do those feelings differ from when you
signed your St. Martin?s Press contract?
Pretty much the same! Aw, pride, delight,
and the sincere hope I could get the contracts back before somebody
came to their senses. *g*
Do you have a favorite book that you’ve
In many ways, Wolf In Cheap Clothing is my
favorite. Because it brings together so many different things; it's
erotic and funny and tense and action-packed. I loved winding all
those threads together and pulling them tight!
What about a favorite character?
I will always have a soft spot for Hal from
Dangerous Games, but I think the hero who's really stolen my heart
is Reuben from Wild Wild West (St. Martin's, Aug. 07)
What is your favorite genre to write?
I love action-adventure erotic romance.
What is your favorite time period to write
I like writing about the present day, but I
also really loved my trip to the Viking Age with The Gripping Beast.
I want to spend more time there!
Are you a pantser, or a planner?
I don't like the term panster because it
sounds so much like there's no plan. There's always a plan, I just
don't always know what it is when I start.*g* I've heard the terms
"discovery draft" and "intuitive writer" and I think that says it
much better. That said, I do usually have a guide to follow, it's
not like flying blind. Theme is generally my roadmap through the
Who do you credit with encouraging you the
most in your writing career?
There was a very dark and discouraging time
in my life when I was very close to giving up for good. My cousin,
who is also a writer, believed in me through that time, and I owe
him a huge debt of gratitude for that. And since we've been
together, my husband has become my biggest supporter. He read a
short piece I wrote before we were married, shook his head, and
said, "Quit your job. You should be doing this."
What advice would you give to aspiring
Follow your heart, follow your bliss, and
learn all the craft you can absorb from other books, from workshops,
from any source you can get a hold of and suck dry. Learn about the
business. Take advantage of all the free resources online. Most of
all, write and read every day, make time for it, give it priority
even if it never becomes your job, because it's an important part of
who you are. If you want to write, write! Don't let anybody talk you
out of it.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Oh, this could be a long list. Jennifer
Crusie, Janet Evanovich, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, T.S. Elliot, P.G.
Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett, Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov,
Madeleine L'Engle, Anne McCaffrey, Lois McMasters Bujold, Laurell K.
Hamilton, Kelley Armstrong, NJ Walters, Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray,
Marjorie Liu. I could go on and on and on.
What books do you have upcoming?
Lots! Winter 07, Catalyst releases in print
from Cerridwen Press. In June, I Was An Alien's Love Slave releases
in ebook and paperback in Ellora's Cavemen Seasons of Seduction II.
In August, my St. Martin's debut releases, Wild Wild West. Only
Human will release from Ellora's Cave in 07 as part of the Torrid
Tarot series, representing The Star, and Miss Lonely Hearts is
coming from Samhain. I hope to squeeze in another EC book in 07 if I
Tell us about you.
I'm the mother of two very creative and
energetic little girls, and our favorite family activity is hiking
around the Olympic Peninsula. I read and write and hike and play
with the small people, bake brownies, nag everybody to eat their
vegetables. It's always a challenge to juggle the various roles of
writer, businessperson, mom, wife, and human being.
Anything else you would like us to know?
If I can manage to make you feel good and
distract you from your worries for an hour or so, I consider that a
job well done! Life is stressful. We all need the mental vacation a
good book provides.