A. I love everything about writing. I love thinking through the idea and plotting it out; I love getting to know my characters; and I love weaving the story, choosing just the right words, setting the tone, creating the poetry of it. I love writing, period.
Q. What is your least favorite part of being an author?
A. When the words won't come. There are days when the words just won't come, when I can't get myself “into the zone” no matter how hard I try.
A. I'm a survivor. I have survived triple-bypass surgery, two house fires, and the loss of a son.
A. Want to write? Oh, no, no, no. One never really wants to write, do they? I was compelled to write. I was born to write. Being a writer is what I am, just as being female is what I am.
A. A lot. Seriously. Well, let me rephrase that. I spend a lot of time with my bottom in the chair and my fingers on the keyboard. When I am actually writing, the hours fly. Sometimes I am doing other author-related things - chats, interviews, critiques. All my author-related activities take up most of my day.
A. I love romance, the ideals of it, the optimism of it. I've written romantic comedy and romantic suspense, all in the erotic romance sub-genre. Why erotic romance? Because it's fun!
A. Horror. I don't read it, so I would never write it.
A. I want to write women's fiction. I have stories to tell that don't belong to erotic romance. I'm not at the place I need to be to do that yet, but I will be one day.
A. I always tell people, being a writer isn't what I do, it's who I am. The creation of new characters and the telling of new tales is inspiration for me, in and of itself.
A. Stood at a firing range in Pennsylvania and fired several different kinds of guns including a Glock 9mm hand gun, a Henry AR-7 survival gun (that thing is for sure going into a future story). That would be the first. I took horseback riding lessons (and horse grooming lessons) as well. I bless the Internet for ease of research. Not that many years ago research meant a day or more spent at the university library. Now I just Google it; and if I need more info, I send an e-mail to professionals in whatever area I need an answer in. Rarely, by the way, do these strangers refuse to help.
A. I must lead a completely boring existence, because I don't know if I have ever done anything “silly” in the name of research.
A. Yes, there will likely always be those who like to read a book-in-hand; but seriously, with the cost of print publishing today, versus the quality of print-on-demand books that are available via e-publishing, I am afraid that in 10 years, the print-publishing industry as we know it today will be but a memory.
E-publishing backed by print-on-demand books is simply cheaper; publishers are businesses first, and businesses always go for cheaper over sentimentality.
A. That it remains a niche market. I don't understand that; this particular technology is ahead of its institutions, which if you study the history of the industrial/ technological age is normal, but that more people are not jumping on the e-book 'band-wagon' has really surprised me. When I hear someone talking about “being green” I ask them if they have chosen e-books. You want to talk saving the environment? How many trees would we save if people read e-books instead of print books?
A. To become a better writer. I hope I never stop seeking to improve. I want to eventually write some mainstream romantic-suspense, and I want to write women's fiction. I plan to keep writing as long as there is breath in my body.
A. My upcoming release (sorry, no date yet) is called Cowboy Cravings. Here is a blurb: