1. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
I haven't had many careers unless you count wife and mother as a career. While interesting, I don't think this has much influenced my writing career. I was also a nurse and here's where the career that has influenced my writing. When I began writing, I first wrote short stories and at least two of them were health connected. A Small Smile about a nurse who learned to smile in the presence of death and No Good Samaritan I about a doctor falsely sued for malpractice as the result of a motor accident coming on the scene of another accident and making a decision. There were also the poems reflecting on some aspect of my experience as a nurse.
This when I started writing what I wrote was sweet nurse romances. In those days a kiss at the end of the book was all the romance you could do. This influenced me a great deal since I had to focus on plot. Many of my current stories concern medicine, nurses and doctors in some degree. So, yes my career had a lot to do with my writing.
2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't bean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.
I'm a general writer since I choose to write in many subgenres. There are the mysteries some of which are cozy and others have a taste of suspense. There are romances which go from straight contemporary to ones with a hint of other worlds and some with a taste of suspense. There are the fantasies. Some are YA and have no romance or maybe a hint. Some are alternate world and some are fantasies with romance at the base. Some are quests. So that's why I consider myself a general. I have friends who write strictly contemporary romance. I've even thrown in a historical and some with touches of history,
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?
Here's a definite yes. I've been a reader since I was four- a library card carrying one. So I read most everything that I attempt to write. I don't read horror though. Do not like being creeped out though I enjoy paranormal stories. I can't write stories that depend on technical things like science fiction or those wonderful action adventure stories but I do like to read them. Reading those kind of book has helped with my writing thought.
4. What's your latest release?
Excuse me while I go to look that up. I've a lot of books out there and generally I'm concentrating on what I'm working on now. I''m back. Latest book is Divided Dreams and it's part of a series where each of the heroines is a Cancer by birth and the heroes are from the other signs. The hero in this case is a Gemini, a man who has two careers. He was a doctor but a lucky break has given him the chance to be w published author. The Cander heroine is a nurse practitioner in Pediatrics. She's returning home something she vowed never to do. He's the boy who broke her heart. They are drawn together by an infant who is his niece and hers. They have to find a way to face the past if they want a future.
5. What are you working on now?
A definite change of pace from the contemporary romance. The Wizards of Fyre is a fantasy novel, the third in the series. There will be one more. Here the hero is a wizard by adoption and looked down by the villain who is part of the in crowd. The heroine has been promised as the reward to whoever wins the challenges set forth. She was sold by her father to the wizards and is a slave. Her presence awakens a hibernating dragon. She comes from a country where people and dragons can communicate. The wizards years and years ago destroyed all the dragons except the ones who escaped over the mountains. Dragon was too young to make the trip so he slept. He and the heroine want to drive the wizards from this land. Can they enlist the help of the adopted wizard, one who has talents beyond those of the wizards?
6. Where can we find you?