Amazon.com: Where are you from? How, if at all,
has your sense of place
Iím originally from Long Island, New
York, but now live in Atlanta. Talk about two different places with different paces
of living! I try to convince everyone Iím a Georgia peach, but my ĎNoo Yawkí accent gives me away
every time! So far all my historical novels have been set in Regency Englandónot much help from New
York or Atlanta there! My contemporary romance (KISS THE COOK, Kensington, May 2000) is
set in Atlanta. Hmmm...I guess Iíll have to write a Long Island book just to keep things
Amazon.com: When and why did you begin
writing? When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Iíve always loved writing. I even enjoyed
doing those dry term papers you have to crank out by the hundreds in college. I began
writing romance because I love the genre. I love happy endings and people fighting the odds and
overcoming obstacles to be together. The stories were inside me and had to come out. I began "seriously"
writingóand by that I mean with my eye toward publicationówhen we bought our first
computer in the early Ď90ís. From that point on I considered myself a writer. The act of writing makes
you a writerónot whether or not youíre published. If youíre writing, youíre a writer.
Amazon.com: Who or what has influenced
your writing, and in what way? What books have most influenced your life?
My parents influenced me greatly because
they instilled a love of reading in me. I cannot recall a time when my mom and dad didnít have a
book or magazine close at hand. And my sister, who supplied me with endless Nancy Drew
books! My husband and son greatly influence me by providing me with endless support and
inspiration. I believe that every book I read influences me in some way. I cannot recall one that didnít
teach me something. I love Dickens and Austen and Shakespeare.
Amazon.com: What is the most romantic
book youíve ever read? The scariest? The funniest?
Iíve read so many romances, itís
impossible to pick the most romantic, but I very much enjoy the Eve Dallas series by J.D. Robb. Even
though these are hard-edged stories, I love the evolving romance between Eve and Roarke. He just
loves her SO muchóit gives me chills! The scariest book has to be Rebecca. I read it when I
was 13--my first Ďgrown upí book. It was fabulous, but it gave me the willies! Iím not much on
scary books (insert clucking chicken noises here!) The funniest Iíve read are the Stephanie Plum series
by Janet Evanovich. Iíve never laughed so hard reading anything! I also love the Far Side books
by Gary Larson. Although you didnít ask, my favorite book of all time is The Prince of Tides by Pat
Conroy. I met Mr. Conroy at a booksigning when Beach Music came. There I was, totally
awestruck, staring down at the top of his head while he signed my book, and what does he do? He SPOKE to
me! He looked up and asked me what I did for a living! Who the heck knows? Iím lucky I
remained standing and didnít faint all over him. Good grief, he wasnít supposed to TALK to me! I was
so flustered I couldnít form a coherent sentence. My one brush with greatness, and for the
first time in my life, I was speechless. Sheesh!
Amazon.com: What music, if any, most
inspires you to write? What do you like to listen to
Love songs inspire me, and I listen to
them in the car, keeping my trusty notebook handy in case inspiration strikes. I donít listen
to music when I write. I need silence to think. Even the cat knows not to purr when sheís in my
Amazon.com: What are you reading now?
What CD is currently in your stereo?
Right now Iím reading Riverís End by Nora
Roberts, and as always, she grabbed me on the first page and hasnít let go. The CD
currently in the stereo is Ricky Martinís Liviní the Vida Loca. Now thereís a man whoís an inspiration to
a romance writer! Viva La Salsa!