from sunny Southern California to the countryside of Illinois a bit more
than a year ago. I occupy my days here with gardening, reading and
writing. Falling in love has been the biggest adventure of my life, and I
hope to share that with readers through my writing.
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teaching and needed something to do. Time hangs really heavy on your hands when
there aren’t any lessons to plan or papers to grade.
2. How did you come up with your characters in your books?
differently. Some are inspired by a picture, others by a name, others by a
personality trait. The characters of Sully and Devyn in Because You’re You were
both inspired by photographs, the character of Mischa in Keeping House was
inspired by a plot need.
3. Do you relate with any of your characters?
character I write. Whether he likes to drink coffee, listens to old rock and
roll, or wears faded jeans, we have something in common.
4. Do you use any real life experiences in your books?
How can you avoid it? When it comes time to describe a walk in the park at
sunrise, you’re drawing on your own
experiences to get that scene on the page.
5. Which of your books was your favorite to write?
made me laugh aloud while I wrote it. So, I’d have to say that was probably my
6. What is your favorite scene from your books?
House where Donovan is enumerating all of Mischa’s piercings.
7. How do you enjoy Illinois?
in the country, so we truly get to enjoy the seasons.
8. What is your favorite thing in your gardens?
general. I enjoy being able to use fresh herbs in my cooking, so I guess the
9. Do you read a lot?
Usually I read at least one book a day. I’ve gotten to where I don’t
like to leave a book unfinished, so I read shorter works than I did in the
10. What is your favorite type of books to read and what authors?
authors are Michael Connolly, John Sandford, Josh Lanyon, Amy Lane, and John Jakes.
11. Would you read a new authors book?
do become impatient waiting for the new books to come out. That can be a drag.
12. Do you have any hobbies?
13. If you could spend the day with someone who would it be? (Dead or Alive)
say I’d like to spend the day with Percy Bysshe Shelley, the poet. He was so
romantic and passionate about the things he believed in. I imagine we could
drink a few bottles of wine and talk the night away.
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle –
Why not I with thine?
14. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
travel, but I’d like to go to Greece.
If only I could do it without actually getting on a plane or ship, that is.
15. What advice would you give to other people who want to become authors?
polishing, keep trying.