1. What were you before you became an author? Did this influence your choices as a writer?
Na ja…vielleicht… (Well…perhaps…)
For about thirty years, I lived in Germany, first as a legal clerk in the U.S. Army, then again as a teacher on U.S. military bases. My teaching experience definitely fed my well of character ideas. Living overseas sharpened my powers of observation, since I was an outsider figuring out how social systems work—and the phone company, and getting an internet connection, and what to do if your car breaks down…
Teaching literature and composition all those years deepened my understanding of story structure too. You’d think I’d write lots of books set in Germany, right? Actually, I’ve only written one, an as-yet-unpublished murder mystery. I tend to focus my stories on where I am in the moment—and at the moment I’m living in the U.S. Pacific Northwest, so all my contemporary romances are set here.
2. Are you genre specific or general? I don’t mean major genres but subdivisions or romance, mystery or paranormal.
So far, I’ve only published steamy contemporary romances, but I do plan to publish a romantic suspense series—think cozy mystery with a romance arc.
3. What is your latest release?
Opposites Ignite is Book 2 in the Bangers Tavern series, set in a neighborhood bar in Tacoma, Washington, my hometown. In fact, the neighborhood where this series plays out is just up the street! Alas, I started writing about Bangers Tavern just before the pandemic hit and the bars shut down.
I adore the Bangers crew, a fun and supportive found family group with lots of potential for pairing up characters. Book 1 in the series, Christmas Rekindled, featured Charlie (Charlotte), a freelance web designer who had to move home when her estranged dad was badly injured in a car crash. She takes a temporary job as server at Bangers to give her a little breathing room and earn some extra cash. River is the jaw-droppingly gorgeous bartender whose flirtatious smile is all for show—until he meets Charlie.
Opposites Ignite stars Rosie, a curvy, blue-haired aspiring tattoo artist and server at Bangers, and Eddie, the bar’s skinny, shy, strait-laced barback who’s been crushing on Rosie forever, and hopes to open his own bar—a secret he’s been keeping from his family, who expect him to take over their dry-cleaning business. Their story revolves around Valentine’s Day.
4. What are you working on now?
I’ve been asked to write a short story for a charity anthology, so I’m working on a second-chance romance tale that starts off during Bangers Tavern’s Anti-Valentine’s Day party. Imagine meeting your ex at such an event!
5. Does your reading choices influence your choice of a writing career?
Absolutely! Since diving into Romancelandia five years ago, I read mostly romance, mainly contemporary and historical, though I’ve loved some alien romances lately. That guaranteed HEA buoys up my spirits in these dark times.
6. Where can we find you?
I’d love to hear from you! Please visit me on all the socials.
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