How has your environment affected your writing? I live in southwestern New Hampshire. I am passionate about variety, both in my life and in my novel settings. The lakes, mountains, valleys, four-season communities and small towns—provide tremendous variety for my settings..
WOW! Talk about prolific!
How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book? They say ‘write what you know’ so I assume there’s a lot of me in the characters. Probably, in some cases, it’s not hidden very well. I think more of me is visual/obvious in Paige Carmichael, the character in FINAL MASQUERADE. In her attempts to escape a murderous fiancé she assumes many personas. I had to draw on much of what I know.
Which is your favorite? My favorite character is Lindsay Reade from A PAGE FROM THE PAST because she has so much humor inside her. I love her view of life and her voice. Here are the opening sentences of the book: Our van sailed over the embankment in a shower of gravel, dead leaves, and shrill screams. My life didn’t flash before my eyes. I didn’t get a pinhole glimpse into “another world.” I didn’t see angels circling overhead.
Is it available in print, ebook, and Kindle formats? All my fiction is available in all formats.
What challenges did you face while writing this book? COLD AS ICE has a very long history, more than 8 years. It began as a murder mystery. I sent it to my agent who said “no-no, this isn’t good,” so I put it back in the drawer for four years. Took it out a few times in the following two years but couldn’t figure out what made it bad. Till one day, a year later, I was looking at it and realized the story 1-wasn’t supposed to be a mystery, 2-had the wrong main character and 3-in changing to the right main character, the story needed to begin fifty years earlier. Consequently this story is very precious to me. The first reviews have been awesome.
Where do you store ideas for later use: in your head, in a notebook, or on a spreadsheet? In the computer in a file named "Story Ideas". Grin.
Can you tell us your writing goals/projects for 2012 or beyond? I’d like to write another book in the Angie Deacon mystery series. The "Sotry Ideas"file is getting full. Grin. I’d like to write three or four more in my short story erotica series—they’re kind of fun to do. Smile. Other than that, I’m not sure. My editing business is taking more and more time.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events? From me personally, or my newsletter. I admit to being notoriously bad at anything online. Takes me so long to navigate I get discouraged and quit.
Well, you certainly have more time for writing then. Thanks for the interview and I wish you well.
Folks, here's a link to COLD AS ICE: