⦁ In 10 words or less, how would you describe (Your Book/Series)?
A: It’s a contemporary, second-chance, sweet and clean romantic comedy.
⦁ Why do you love writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
A: Words feel powerful to me. I’ve loved them for as long as I can remember. I started pretending to write stories when I was a child and wrote my first book when I was in fifth grade. It was awful, but I loved every minute of responding to the muse. For me, words convey messages, touch the heart, and open the mind to places and events where only the imagination can fly. I could be anything from a jockey to a doctor, a queen, or an astronaut soaring to faraway places in a spaceship. Both my parents and my teachers applauded my efforts, even if I wasn’t very confident, but I could hardly wait to get through the day’s homework so I could sit down and write.
⦁ Who are your favorite authors, and which ones have had an impact on you? Who has affected your writing style the most?
A: So many authors have influenced me, it’s hard to pick just a few. The classics writers like Betty Smith (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Joy in the Morning) had a strong affect. Although Gone with the Wind isn’t technically a romance novel, Margaret Mitchel wove the history into it so beautifully that I never felt it could be considered anything less than one of the most heart-breaking love stories of all time. I read lots of romances so old they went out of print, but later I drifted into historical romance and read everything Barbara Cartland and Georgette Heyer wrote. These days, I really enjoy clean, sweet romance authors: Cindy Rowland Anderson, Leanna Morgan, Jeanette Lewis, Heather Tullis, Donna K. Weaver, Lindzee Armstrong, Rachel Ann Nunes, Danyelle Ferguson, and way too many others to name. Every one of them has had an influence on my writing.
⦁ What are your favorite genres to read and write? What are your favorite books?
A: I read almost anything and everything, although fiction is my game. My favorite genres are romance (of any time period) and fantasy, although I’d love to try my hand at a either a suspense or a thriller.
⦁ What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or full-time job?
A: I write part-time only because I do the housekeeping, shopping and cooking for my 92-year-old father, which does keep me pretty busy. I also think it’s important to be involved in the community. I belong to a few groups, including my writing group, and my husband and I belong to the local American Fuchsia Club and are very active in church service. I grab time to write whenever I can, especially early in the morning, but when I’m not writing, I work in the garden, read, knit and crochet, read, am trying to get back into yoga because I really need some exercise, read, occasionally watch favorite shows and movies with my husband and sometimes my father, and I read.