When you are getting ready to start a new book, what’s the first thing you do?
I know this sounds horribly unexciting, but I open a new file, type in Chapter One and start going. Writing is my job and while I do recognize there’s a degree of ceremony to starting a book, the real fun is sinking into the pages and getting lost in the story.
How do you celebrate when you finish writing a book?
Ah…the end. Now that’s far more exciting than the beginning. There’s nearly ALWAYS wine involved!!
If you could have dinner, coffee, or drinks with a fictional character, who would you choose and where would you go?
Oh, that’s easy. Malcolm Kavanaugh from HAPPY EVER AFTER by Nora Roberts. He’s hands down, the best hero I’ve ever read and I have a serious book-boyfriend crush on him. I could care less where he took me just so long as he…ahem…took me! 🙂
Do you usually begin a book with a character or a plot?
For me it’s always characters. Always, always, always. I have to see these two people and why they belong together. Once I have that, it’s just a matter of finding the right setting and situation for them. But for me it always starts with the characters.
Do you have any hobbies or special interests you’d care to share?
Well, the wine was a bit of a joke, but I am a huge wine fan. I love tasting wine and visiting vineyards. For the longest time it was something I was intimidated by and I think over the last decade the wine industry has done a great job of making wine accessible to people. It’s such fun to try different types, see how the wine changes with food or chocolate (I LOVE red wine and chocolate) and just learn what your palate appreciates and enjoys.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write, write and write some more. Never give up and believe in yourself. You are called to this profession for a reason – trust in that and keep writing.
What jobs have you had on your way to becoming a writer?
I still have one! For my day job I work in advertising and have since I got out of college.
Prior to that, I was also a bank teller, a receptionist in a model home, a library employee and a Muppet escort at Sesame Place. (Which isn’t nearly as dirty as it sounds. I used to walk people dressed up as Muppets up and down Main Street so they could greet the kids visiting the park.)
Where does the magic happen? Where do you write?
I do the majority of my writing in my office. I will move around the house – especially when doing revisions – I have no idea why. But about 99% of my writing happens inside my home. I’m not a fan of writing at coffee houses or public spaces. I don’t honestly know why, but I find that my words flow best when I’m in my home.
Do you prefer print books or eBooks?
I’m a big fan of both. Honestly, my selection of print or electronic simply depends on how the book is available, what mood I’m in, how close I am to a store vs. my e-reader (e.g. – I can’t pass the book section at the grocery store or at Target, no matter how recently I bought a book!) and if it’s a book I’m going to pass along.
What’s in the works for you?
Next up in May is the second book in the Boardrooms and Billionaires series, MERGER TO MARRIAGE. The third in the series will be out in October – THE BILLIONAIRE’S DEMANDS.
I am having such fun being a part of the Entangled family and am so excited to be writing for the Indulgence line!
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