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1.Tell us about your current project.
My next upcoming release is Selkie's Lure, Orkney Selkie 3. I'm very excited about this one because my readers have been asking for a new selkie book for some time. Based on the fascinating mythology of Orkney, Scotland, this one will appeal to shape shifter romance readers. Selkies are shape shifters who can walk as humans on the land but who assume the form of seals in the water. They are known for their amazing lovemaking abilities and many a lonely human has pined for a selkie lover at the edge of the sea. They say if you cry seven tears into the sea, you can summon a selkie from its depths. He will love you as long as you possess his seal pelt.
2. What sparked the idea for this project?
It has been a spark for some time. Because it is book 3 in this series, I've had it on my "to do list" for a while. As far as my original inspiration, I've been reading these myths for years and always wanted to write about them.
2a: When can we expect to see this project?
The release date is Jan. 16/17!
3. How do you choose your book covers?
I actually don't. Because I'm published traditionally, my publishers arrange my covers. I have input as far as letting them know what the characters/settings look like but beyond that, my publishers take that responsibility.
4. Music seems to influence a lot of authors, what are your musical influences, if any?
Because I was a classical soprano in a previous life, I am definitely one of those people who loves music. However, I listen to many kinds. Some of my favorites are The Eagles, Evanescence and Canadian band Blue Rodeo.
5. How do you handle "writers block"?
Being blocked is horrible but I have found the only way through it is to keep writing. You might be writing garbage but it still gets your juices going. It's important to get something down on paper. If it's bad, correct it later. I don't like taking time off to indulge writers' block. To me, that's wasted time.
6. Who has been your greatest influence?
As far as writing, I would say my biggest influence has been children's author C.S. Lewis who wrote the Narnia Chronicles. They are the books I read over and over again as a child and I also read them as an adult years later. I love the fantasy and the underlying theme of love in those stories.
7. Do you or have you ever had a muse?
I wish! Nope, I find inspiration anywhere and everywhere.
8. What one subject is TABOO in your writing?
For the most part, every publisher will tell you if certain topics are taboo so there are always guidelines. However, on a personal level, I don't think I would ever touch the topic of "dubious consent." To me, that isn't romantic at all.
9. What do you do when you aren't writing?
I'm usually plotting the next book. :) Outside my writing, I also work at my local library in various capacities so I keep busy. I'm around books all the time in both my jobs so I'm pretty happy.
10. If there was one book you wish you'd written, which would it be?
Hmm. I hear Stephanie Meyer has done pretty well. My bank account wishes I'd written Twilight. LOL
11. What is your greatest passion?
I'm guessing other authors have answered similarly but writing really is my grand passion. It inspires me as no other activity has. I'm so fortunate to be a romance author and thank my stars every day for my readers.
12. What one word best describes you?
13. If you could change places with one of your characters, would you? Which one and why?
If I had to pick one, I'd probably pick Kate from my contemporary romance Vice. Kate is sassy and proud and has endured a lot of hardship but it's a hardship that is familiar to me. I relate very easily to her. Oh, and her hero Liam is sexy so I wouldn't mind spending some time with him. Plus, Kate has beautiful red hair. I always wanted to be a redhead.
14. Is there one, current, TV show that is "can't miss" for you?
Don't laugh too hard but I love Dr. Phil. There. I said it. Don't judge me.
15. Money is no object, where do you go?
I'd go on the first plane to London, England. It's my favorite city in the world. The history, the architecture, the museums. I can be a total geek there and I love it.
16. Tell me, please, the first two books on your TBR list.
Actually, I'm catching up on a few books that I put off to the side for a while. Old Barbara Michaels' classic ghost stories!
17. How do you choose character names?
For the most part, they just occur to me. I picture my character and get a feel for him/her. Sometimes, however, I want a name with meaning. One thing I don't like is using fussy names. I like them easy and memorable and punchy.
17a: Are you any of your characters inspired by someone you know in "real life?"
No, not as far as the heroes and heroines. However, a few minor character might bear certain similarities to those I've known.
18. Tell us one thing we may not know about you.
I dog ear my books. Don't hate me. It's just easy.
19. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Hmm...a writer. ;)
20. Of the 7 Deadly Sins, which one have you committed most recently?
Haha! Well, because I have a tub of peanut butter chocolate ice cream at home, it would have to be gluttony.
I plan to be gluttonous again this evening.
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