New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

of Contemporary Women's Fiction, Romantic Comedies, and Historical Romances


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Growing up on Long Island, New York, I fell in love with romance at an early age. I dreamed of being swept away by a dashing rogue riding a spirited stallion. When my hero finally showed up, he was dressed in jeans and drove a Volkswagon, but I recognized him anyway. We married after both graduating from Hofstra University and are now living our happily-ever-afters in Atlanta, Georgia, along with our very bright and active son who is a dashing rogue in the making.



Interview with Where are you from? How, if at all, has your sense of place
colored your writing?

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 even! 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. 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. 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! What music, if any, most inspires you to write? What do you like to listen to while writing?

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 office. 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!

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