author, Touch the Sky
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I was born in Florida, but moved to Texas as a child and stayed there so long I became a naturalized Texan (or at least I think I am.) I’m back in Florida due to family responsibilities but intend to return to the Lone Star State one of these days. I’m single with four-legged children. My favorite places to travel are Hawaii and New Mexico. I love the islands. As for New Mexico, the high desert is a spiritual place that speaks to me.
Fill in the blank favorites –
Type of hero - I like a strong man, capable of protecting the heroine, but with a flaw that makes him human.
Type of heroine – I like a strong woman, who may not always realize she is one. She is capable of taking care of herself and her family – no shrinking violet.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
Back to Hawaii – I’ve got a historical suspense novel in process that takes place in the 1890s when the islands were annexed by the US.
What is one silly fact about you?
I am a kazoo virtuoso.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?
Honestly, I’m at a point in my life where steamy romantic scenes don’t interest me anymore. I’m not too fond of reading them or writing about them. I tried to work in some steamy scenes in my Regency, but it didn’t work. For their wedding night we have a bit of foreplay and then the door is shut. Much later there is a bit of afterglow.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Touch the Sky. It’s called Swept Away and is the story of Mimi who was six years old in the first book. Hopefully it will be out in 2015. Then I can work on the Hawaiian historical suspense.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
I write some suspense, some paranormal, as well as historical romance. In one short story, they caught a serial killer but he wasn’t working alone. At the end, the woman who escaped him was being stalked by one of his associates. I ended the story with that. One of the readers wrote, “oh no, you can’t leave it like that!” That tickled me because I knew the reader was involved in the story.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
I use my personality for certain characters and my life experiences to make the scenes and the characters real. I am a theatrical director and an actor trained in the Stanislavsky Method. That helps me with characters, situations, and visualizing the scene complete with movement and gestures.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
Touch the Sky is my third novel and the first to be published. My publisher likes the idea for one of the other novels and advised me to dust it off and polish it. So we’ll see what happens with that one.
Please share about your book
Touch the Sky is a sweet Regency romance. It is the story of Celeste Hargreaves, daughter of an English Baron and the man she loves, Colonel Sheridan St. John, second son of the Duke of Richmond. His accusations lead to the execution of her father. She knew her father was innocent. Not only was her father executed, her mother died in childbirth a few days later, leaving Celeste to take care of her younger siblings. Three years later the real traitor confesses. The Prince Regent restores the Hargreaves family to their former place in society. With their parents gone, they have been deemed the wards of the Duke of Richmond. Colonel St. John arrives to escort them across the country to his family’s estate, determined to atone for his role in the terrible miscarriage of justice. He also wants to win back the woman he loves, if such a thing is possible. Thus begins a difficult journey to restore the family’s place in society, as well as determine the real reason their father was targeted. Bit by bit, Celeste learns Sheridan was duped by the true conspirators. As she and Sheridan work together to learn the truth, they grow closer as they once were. In the end, they are happily together and the true culprits have been revealed.
If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be?
Celeste – stubborn, strong, resilient, independent, intelligent
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
Touch the Sky is a positive story in spite of its dark beginning, with a relevant healing message. We can overcome even major obstacles if we just persevere.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
My favorite is Mignon (Mimi) the baby sister in Touch the Sky. I like her so much she is the heroine of my current work in progress. Her life experience will be quite different from that of her older sister.