How long have you been writing?
For about three years.
Where were you when you got your first contract?
I was at home. The funny thing was that I had just signed
with my agent, Laura Bradford, and was sort of ‘settling in’
for another long, unbearable wait while she tried to sell
it. Two weeks after she called to say she’d represent me,
she called and said, “Guess what?
offered you a contract.” I was floored. A rush still goes
through me when I tell that story.
What was the first thing you did? Scream? Cry? Sit in
Oh, definitely the latter. Except for every once in awhile,
I’d break the silence by saying, “Are you sure?”
Who did you tell first?
My husband. He was thrilled, of course, but unless you’re in
the publishing business, it’s kind of hard to convey just
how unbelievable it was that not only had WICKED BURN sold,
but it had sold in two weeks.
Does music influence your writing?
If so, do you have a playlist that goes with each
For some of them, most definitely. Since my romance GATEWAY
TO HEAVEN was about a rock star, I had a specific playlist
for that one: Audioslave—the first CD.
If your books were optioned for a movie, who would play your
Sam Sheperd, circa the early eighties—like he looked in the
movie The Right Stuff. I actually based Vic Savian’s
appearance off of Sam in that movie—sexy little cowboy,
naughty grin and that just slightly overlapped front tooth.
Strangely, I thought the cover model really was reminiscent
of a young Sam. For Niall, my heroine—hmmm, that’s a tough
one. She’s a natural beauty, elegant and petite. Gwenyth
Paltrow, maybe. Although Niall is not as tall and
statuesque, they both share that aura of graceful
sophistication, kind of an ‘approachable elegance.’
Do you like a neat workspace?
Or are you comfortably disorganized?
I occasionally become disorganized, and it drives me batty.
Neatness is sort of an ideal that I strive for, and rarely
succeed at attaining.
Tell me a little about Wicked Burn from
WICKED BURN is my
debut novel. I actually wrote it for the
Heat line, and that was where it was originally placed. My
switched it, though, saying that although it was extremely
hot, the emotional core to the story made it a very, very
sexy Sensation. It made sense to me. WICKED BURN has
graphic, detailed sex scenes in it, but it’s first and
foremost a love story.
How long did it take you to write it?
Let’s see…about five months, I believe.
What are your favorite things about these characters?
I love Vic because he’s a paradox: an intellectual
playwright and an alpha male on a horse. He lives in the
city a few days out of the week, and rushes to the country
the first chance he gets. He makes his living with words,
and yet, as Niall puts it, “he hardly talks at all.” Vic
wears his sexuality like his own skin; he’s supremely
comfortable with it. His lazy little smile is at odds with
his intensity. He’s fierce about getting what he wants.
Niall is special because she’s so strong, and she doesn’t
even realize it. Many people would have collapsed under the
weight of a tragedy that she endured, but she kept going,
even if it meant freezing off her heart. She takes a chance
with Vic…and he burns her with his passion, wakes her up
again to the world of the living.
Tell us something about you that nobody knows…
Well, let’s see. I’m a cozy-holic. I love hot baths with
bubble bath or salts, checking my e-mails and reading books
while I’m propped up in bed, sitting by a fire, homemade
macaroni and cheese, taking naps. It’ a wonder I ever get
anything done. I’d be in heaven if I could write on my
computer while I soaked in a hot bath and not have to worry
Thanks for the fun questions, Vivian!