I like to set a scene for where the interview is taking place. I’ve never been to Hawaii so where should we go if we want to sit and chat and take in the scenery?
My favorite place to sit and watch the world go by is the overlook by the Makapu’u lighthouse… but the wind up there is wicked and doesn’t allow for much conversation if you don’t want to shout –
But if it’s quiet and scenery you’re looking for… Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. So many different types of plants and I love to sit on the benches and enjoy the view and the fresh air.
You write a variety of romance from Shifter to Western to Contemporary. Do you have a favorite?
My gateway drug into Romance as a reader was Julie Garwood’s historicals – from there I was hooked 😀 but I like to read all kinds of romance… I chase the rush of a Happy Ever After
Your Westerns are labeled as “sweet,” how hot do your other styles run?
When people ask about the Westerns I tell them the only head in those stories would be the pot-bellied stove in the Mercantile. My other stories though… I leave the door wide open on the more personal scenes. I don’t think I shy away from the more heated moments and I hope the readers won’t either.
You have a new release, please tell us about it, and how it fits in with your previous stories.
The Fighter is my newest release – it’s the Third in my Sylvan City Alphas Series – and there’s at least one more coming up. Maybe two. I was thrilled to write Cage’s book. He appeared in the first two books and a number of readers were asking about him… I knew I had to give him a woman who was strong but soft in all that ways that a hard man like him needed… it was so satisfying to see him a happy man with his family.
Do you listen to music when you write? What do you like to listen to?
Mostly soundtracks from films in that genre… unless it’s a sex/love scene. I have a specific song playlist for that. Two actually. One for the softer scenes and one for… the other *wink*
What next do you have in store for your readers?
“Always, Ellis” the fifth book in the Three Rivers Express Series, I’m writing the odd numbers. And right after that? “Stealing the Vixen’s Heart.” Which is a book about a female fox shifter – I’m using some of the legends about the Kitsune – Japanese Fox Spirits/shifters.
What is your writing process? Are you a pantser, or a planner?
Ever developing. I ping pong all over the spectrum… I usually start as a pantser writing a few scenes to get a ‘feel’ for the story. Then I’ll sit down and plot out a few chapters… It starts as an outline and then it devolves or evolves, as the case may be, into more scenes. So I’m not strictly one or the other.
What currently compels you to write?
The voices – I write to quiet down the noise in my head. (This answer got me in trouble with a counselor once. I think she was determined to make a name off of the ‘crazy woman’) Sometimes I hear a snippet of conversation in my head… or a piece of music and that brings up an idea for a scene. I’ve been writing like this for more than twenty years… just getting the stories out of my head and onto paper… now a computer file.
Character development is a fascination of mine, where do your characters come from?
EVERYWHERE – sometimes it starts with a name. sometimes by the situation… Maybe I have the hero already in my head… I try to find the right woman to match him… it can be a bit of a weird science situation.
What is your secret party trick?
My fellow Glee Clubbers called me the Human Jukebox. There’s a song for every situation… Every situation has a sunny side (from 42nd street) see?
That and not so much of a party thing… I distract myself during blood tests or IV insertions by reciting the 50 states in alphabetical order (and yes, I learned it from a song)
You seem to be addicted to Chicago Fire, are there other favorite shows that you binge watch?
Hulu cued up Fire mid-season and the first episode I saw had me hooked 😀
What I watch over and over? Hmmm When I’m editing… I listen to old episodes of Hell’s Kitchen. Something about Gordon Ramsey screaming makes it easier to look at things with a less emotional eye, I guess.
When I’m writing. I usually pick a show that I’ve seen numerous times and let it play like white noise in the background. Xfiles, Roswell, CSI: Miami (I love hearing Calleigh’s voice), West Wing, Project Runway, Top Chef, The British Bake-off… and the Catherine Cookson Mini-Series from BBC and Austen series. My watching habits are just as across the board as my reading…
Whats the one question you always like when people ask authors?
I guess… what their favorite books are… I especially love hearing about childhood books. My favorite, the one that really got me reading and the first one up all night, under the cover, flashlight on, was Little Women.
What’s in your Wallet?
Beyond the couple of $ I keep in there… My tickets from visiting the Winchester House last year, a Fortune Card from my trip to Sacramento when Marina and I consulted Zoltar and a good luck fortune from New Years. I’m sentimental – or just mental, you can decide
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