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Q. Do you have a blog or some other online method of contacting your readers?
A. Yes! Every 27th of the month I blog with other Blaze authors I sometimes do give away contests there, so please stop by to read and comment if you get the chance!
Q. How long have you been writing?
A. 15 years.
Q. Why do you write romance?
A. It just doesn’t get any better than being able to redeem a sexy bad boy or bring a hunky alpha male to his knees, even if only in my imagination and do it in my jammies. I love romance and truly believe love can heal a heart and redeem the soul.
Q. How long does it take you to write a book?
A. My first book took 10 months to write and another 2 years to revise. My second book took 14 months with time off to revise my first book for my editor. I finished my third book in 6 months. I’ve learned a lot about plotting and writing since that first book when I still had a toddler at home. But now that the last little one is in school all day, I’m able to write full time and hopefully produce a book much faster.
Q. Why did you decide to become a writer?
A. I’d been reading romance for years and eventually a story started forming in my mind and I just had to write it.
Q. How many books had you written – or started – before selling HSP?
A. Um… HSP was the first book I wrote. I had about half of another book finished when I sold.
Q. What’s your favorite time of day to write?
A. I tend to be a night owl, and sometimes will stay up late to write, but I try to write on a day schedule from 9 am – 3 pm when the kids are in school and the house is quiet.
Q. How do you research for your books?
A. Well, besides a wonderful CP whose DH is a cop… I use the web a lot, but I’m also on a couple of great writer’s loops and have also been known to call someone up cold turkey (like the guy at the liquor store when I needed to describe a certain type of champagne or the wonderfully helpful Forensic Pathologist at the Dallas Crime Lab) or I will send an email—like to this really great horse trainer in Canada.
Q. What do you enjoy most about writing?
A. Creating characters and stories that convey the message of hope and love. Once, a reader said she fell in love with my hero, Mark Malone and that was more satisfying to me than the 4 ½ star review from RT!
Q. Who are some of your favorite authors?
A. Gayle Wilson, Jayne Anne Krentz, Mary Balogh, Laura Kinsale, Judith Ivory, Mary Jo Putney, and Deborah Simmons.
Q. What do you like least about writing?
A. A blank page!
Q. How/where do you come up with story ideas?
A. Everywhere! Magazines, newspapers, someone I observe at the mall or grocery store… You never know.
Q. Which comes first: the characters or the plot?
A. Hmmm… That’s a hard one for me. I guess I’d have to say plot. I’ve learned I tend to be plot driven. But I have had a couple of really strong characters that came on the page and took over.
Q. Do you always plan to write series romances or do you plan on making the move to single title one day?
A. I’d be perfectly happy writing series romance the rest of my days. I tend to write short. But I think I’ll take this writing career thing one day at a time!