!. What were you in your life before you became a writer? Did this influence your writing?
I worked in corporate America for almost 30 years. I did write a lot of emails that needed to be persuasive to get things accomplished, but I don’t think it influenced my romance writing much or at all. So far I have only created one character with a consulting job, so I have not even drawn on my past life for characters…well, that is not completely true. There are bits and pieces of old boyfriends and dates sprinkled throughout my novels.
I grew up the daughter of a librarian. I always had a book in my hand and I wanted to be a writer from the age of seven or eight. Discovering stories like “Anne of Green Gables”, “Pride and Prejudice”, and regency romances that I read with a flashlight under the covers at night, those experiences were a much bigger influence on my writing.
2. 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.
To be honest, I hate having to define my genre. I have written one time-travel novella, Our Love is Here to Stay, but most of my books are steamy contemporary romances. In the genre world that makes them romantic erotica, or erotic romance. Yet, my lead characters are strong modern women and Bedeviled is full of suspense. So is Besotted. I even tried a little humor in Moonlight & Moet. So do I write erotic romance, romantic suspense, time-travel romance or women’s fiction? You tell me.
3. Did your reading choices have anything to do with your choice of a genre or genres?
I love to read historical romance and steamy romances, and I do think as my reading got steamier so did my books. The combination of exposure to great writers who do hot sex, and do it well, and the positive response of my fans to the chemistry between my characters made me braver about increasing the heat level in my own books. For me, historical romance is all about bringing setting in as another character in the story. I try to do the same in my contemporary novels.
4. What's your latest release? Moonlight & Moet, the second standalone book in the B&B Billionaire Romance Series. It is my first book set outside Chicago. It was inspired by a trip I took from Chicago to the Carolina coast with a stop In Western North Carolina along the way. Driving the back roads as they curved through the mountains, and the small towns, inspired me to create a story of a big-city girl who buys a rural B&B when life crashes around her. The man who stands in the way of her dreams for a future in fictitious Saylesville NC turns out to be our sexy hero. I really enjoyed writing this story – especially the drunk scene, my first attempt at romantic comedy.
5. What are you working on now? Passion & Pinot, the third book in the B&B Billionaire Romance Series. It is the story of a character we meet in my Beguiling Bachelor series, Ethan Howe. Ethan must make tough decisions about rebuilding after wildfires destroy the B&B that supports our heroine and her family. When their interests for the B&B diverge, can their love survive?
6. Where can we find you?
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