. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
Like many of us who write, I've always been a scribbler. I've always written poetry and short stories, so even while I was working full time, those interests got exercised on weekends and evenings, especially when work things got me down. I've worked all sorts of secretarial and administrative positions. As a Merrill Lynch "girl" I had a broker's license so I could assist clients when the boss was away--in between all the rest of the secretarial shuffle and type. I've never tapped that world for a romance, but probably should.
2 Are you genre specific or general? Why? I don't mean genres like romance, mystery, fantasy etc. There are many subgenres of the above.
I like to write historical fiction. I've also written a little S/F, though never quite finished one. Something about right now I guess my imagination doesn't like. I prefer to create elsewhen.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?
Absolutely. I read a lot of non-fiction. History, biography, archeology, anthropology are favorites. From the material I gather in those fields, I get the inspiration to write a story. I've been pretty character specific--Mozart's Wife, A Master Passion (Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler). In Roan Rose (Richard III), I moved away from the big blockbuster central character to a fictional witness. In the historical romances--or stabs at the genre--I've written about more or less fictional characters, although, again, research often gives me a life story to riff on.
4. What's your latest release?
Butterfly Bride, http://amzn.to/2gvXVxl
which is #2 of the "Sisters" sweet romance family series set in Pennsylvania among German immigrants just after the Civil War. The first installment is Hand-me-Down Bride, which tells the story of the first sister to immigrate. The "Butterfly" is her little sister, also come to seek her fortune in America.
5. What are you working on now?
I've got a historical fantasy called Green Magic, a continuation of Red Magic and Black Magic, whispering inside my head. And, wouldn't you know it, another member of the "Sisters" has also begun to speak her piece too!)
I'm just beginning to research my part of an installment of the Canadian Brides series for BWL which I will be writing with John Makowski. which will be a whole new experience for me.
6. Where can we find you?