author, Tennessee Love Series
Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
Although I was born in Newport, TN, I was raised in Keyport, NJ. It was hit hard by hurricane Sandy from what I understand. It gives me a very strange perspective, I think. I don’t necessarily see life as a southern girl or northern chick, my perspective is a combination. My parents were wonderful people, however, I do have tragedy in my childhood. I lost my brother when we were teens. I think that all these things play into the person I am today.
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?
England and the UK, no question!
What is your favorite genre to write?
I prefer to write in contemporary. Of course, I like to read and write things that I am comfortable with which is sweet. I don’t feel as if I have to, however. I am also working on a regency story.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Sweet romance. Any genre.
What is one silly fact about you?
I got news for you; most facts about me are silly! Okay, I have it: I make up songs about my pets. Well, not always songs, I have sort of a nursery rhyme about my Boo Cat!
What got you started on your writing journey?
I began to write stories as a kid and let me say they were always romance. Unfortunately, even today when I try to write YA it sounds like the Brady Bunch.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
The reason I don’t write a lot of steam is spiritual. Not saying I never will again, but for now, I like my writing without it.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
I will be shopping around my regency by the end of the year but before that I want to finish my Amber Cove series.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
It depends. Mostly I use situations that I’m familiar with, but I never use people. At least not people I know personally. I might use a name.
Where do your ideas come from?
They usually come from seeing a handsome guy and thinking, “What kind of trouble can I get into with him?” But just as often, I find a situation that makes me think what if? All great fiction starts with those words.
How many books have you written, and how many of those have been published?
I have written 6 books, four of which have been published and a short story that has been published twice and now it is an indie pub’d short story on Amazon Called Visions of Fear.
What are the elements of a great romance for you?
People who have a love for each other not based in sex. Sex is great, I personally think God had a great idea! But, it’s not everything. That’s why I write clean, as you say.
Please share about your book
My Tennessee: Love series is four books of romantic comedies. They are fun and light and when they were first published were lead romances for Avalon Books. They did well and then because of the nature of the beast as it were, they died because once it’s done with Avalon, it’s done. Then Montlake bought Avalon and gave them new life. It’s a great to be able to revisit these stories because they are the stories of my heart.
What are your hero and heroine of the story like?
In Diagnosis: Love, Beth is smart and Alex is charming.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
If you want to sit down and read a short romantic comedy, that will make you laugh and make you think, this is it.
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I think that I like Brian Miller best and I think it’s more a writing thing. I had a better handle on him than any of my heroes.