1. What inspired your writing career and what drew you to write historicals?
My love of writing just sort of naturally grew from my love of reading. My mother read to me from the time I was very little, and I was a bit of a bookworm as a child. (No surprise there, I'm sure, LOL!) Somewhere around the second grade, I decided that I wanted to be an author when I grew up, and that desire never wavered. I've never wanted to be anything else. As for my interest in historicals, it was what I most enjoyed reading, so it only seemed natural that I would be drawn to writing it.
2. Besides the genre/theme you write about now, is there another genre/theme you'd like to write about? If so what would they be about?
I'm open to writing in any genre, should I come up with a great idea. I've spent time reading all of them, from horror to mystery. My first love is romance, however, and I could never stray far from it for long. I definitely wouldn't mind dabbling in the paranormal or contemporary romantic suspense sub-genres, but I would always come back to historicals.
3. Do you have a specific writing routine that you follow? If so, please give us an example. Do you feel having a routine helps your writing?
It depends. I try to get started at the computer as soon as I wake up, around 7:00 or 8:00, and write until about 4:00 or 5:00. That's usually a full day for me. Of course, if I am close to deadline and running behind, I'll put in a few more hours per day. It really varies from book to book. There is no specific routine though. The one thing I am a stickler about is having total silence. I'm not the sort of author who can listen to music to get me in the writing mood. I have to have quiet because I am so easily distracted. Good thing I'm not a parent, eh?
4. If you could have dinner with any person from history, who would it be and why?
That's a tough one! I'd probably say Louisa May Alcott, because Little Women is really the book that started it all for me. Well, that and Trixie Belden.
5. What do you do for fun? Are you a big reader? Could you share a couple of your favorites with us?
I love watching movies, spending time with my niece, nephews, and my pet yorkie, and playing video games. And yes, I do read. Mostly romance. In fact, I read so much that it would be hard to narrow down just a few favorites, but topping the list would be Teresa Medeiros and Lisa Kleypas. I also happen to think that JK Rowling is a genius!
6. What do you want your readers to remember about your books? The characters, plots, etc.?
I'd have to say the characters. Plots are recycled over and over again, though they are always written in a unique way and from a fresh perspective. In all of my favorite books, however, it has always been the characters that made the biggest impression with me, that stood out the most and stayed with me through the years. I'd like to think that my characters have had that big of an impact with my readers.