I write Regency historical romances usually with some quirky heroines. My latest series Bewitched is about three women who in medieval times would have been called wise women. They are all healers/midwives for the estates where they live. It’s been a fun series to write because my previous series The Spinster Club was located in London and these books are mostly out in the country. The last book, Vexing the Viscount, does return the reader to London.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
For Vexing the Viscount, I would have to choose Amy Adams. The heroine, Tia is a feisty redhead.
Any tips on how to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Go back and reread what you have written up to that point. I usually find that I get blocked because I’ve written something that just isn’t true to the one of the characters. Look for motivation issues. If you read something and think that just doesn’t sound quite right, it probably isn’t.
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
Well, of course I love a good review, but I also know that not everyone is going to love what I’ve written. And that’s okay. As long as it’s not a personal attack or a review where you know the person didn’t read the book because they can’t even get the hero’s name right (yes, that has happened to me).
Do what now? What is relaxing? I work full-time and write as close to full-time as I can get without losing my mind. I do walk when I can and if I really have time, I love to kayak on the river near my home.
What is your favorite motivational phrase?
If you can tell stories, create characters, devise incidents, and have sincerity and passion, it doesn’t matter a damn how you write.
- Somerset Maugham This is my favorite because I’ve always said I’m a storyteller, not a writer.
What is your favorite book?
Only one? I have far too many books that I love to come up with just one.
Who is your favorite author?
What is your favorite movie?
Pride and Prejudice.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Stephen King. Even though he writes horror, he is a wonderful author and a supportive voice for the genre fiction writer.
What is the most interesting trip you have ever taken?
I took a trip to Italy a few years ago that was fantastic. My next book was to start and end in Venice so it was fantastic to see the city and feel its heartbeat. I also have never gotten so lost in a city.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
The number of times I got lost in Venice. Seriously, even with a map I couldn’t find my hotel.
White wine or red? White and a little sweet
Coffee or tea? Coffee!!!!
Cook dinner or order take-out/delivery? That depends, if I have time, I love to cook.
Vanilla or chocolate ice-cream? Vanilla.
Pancakes or eggs? Without question, both.
Sleep in or get up early? Sleep in, but it never happens with two cats who want to be fed.
Laptop or desktop for writing? Laptop so I can sit on my screened porch when the weather is nice.
Christie has offered to give either a Kindle pre-order of Vexing the Viscount (August release) or an ecopy of Bewitching the Duke, which ever the winner prefers to a Lucky commenter who answers the question; what is your favorite time period when reading a romance?