Frequently asked questions

What kind of music do you like?

I enjoy almost all types of music. As far as writing goes, when I’m doing edits or working on promotion, I listen to classical. To get ideas or work through a difficult scene, I listen to country, jazz, pop, or hard rock – whatever the scene calls for to get the creative juices flowing.

Describe your dream home.

I absolutely LOVE old homes. The large rooms, beautiful staircases and ornate woodwork have such character, such craftsmanship. My dream home is actually located in Hannibal, Missouri. It’s called Rockcliffe Mansion. It’s on the National Registry of Historic Places. Here’s a picture:

Favorite literary hero or heroine

I know I should probably say Jane Eyre or something, but honestly, Sookie Stackhouse from Charlaine Harris’ “Dead” series is my all time favorite heroine. She’s smart, sassy, compassionate, kind, and deals with all sorts of characters with calm benevolence.

What are you reading now?

I’m actually proofreading Book Two of my Tempered Steel series, entitled Leather and Lace, before I send it out for formatting. It’s about brother Sam, and his soul mate, Angel. After that, my favorite authors all have books coming out soon so I think it may be eenie, meenie, minee, mo to pick a new one.

What did you do on your last birthday?

I haven’t had my “last” birthday yet, (I hope)! Actually, we celebrate pretty quietly around here. I enjoy going out to dinner with my hubby, kids and their partners.

What comes first, plot or characters?

That depends entirely on where I’m at, what I’m doing or listening to when the inspiration strikes. For the most part, I’d say plot because I’m usually listening to music as I clean or cook and a phrase or a feeling of the music sparks an idea. Most of the time, I can’t even remember what song it was; it’s like the concept just takes control of my head and the story begins to take shape. Other times, I could be waiting at a red light and glance over to see a stranger on the street and the story hits me. When that happens, it usually takes the honking of angry car horns to bring me back to reality!

Do you ever suffer from writer’s block?

Perhaps in the broad sense. I will write a scene down, then read it and realize it’s not EXACTLY what I want to say. Then I go through the frustrating process of trying to find just the right words, with just the right actions or tone of voice to capture the scene. It makes me crazy, but it’s the only way I can do it.

Do you ever want to be someone else? Who?

No, not really. Skinnier? Yes. Taller? Oh Yes! (I’m 5’1”) Richer? Who doesn’t? But I have been blessed with such an abundance of gifts in my family, my friends, and my career, I can’t think of anyone I would trade places with.

Tell us about your latest book.

Each book in the series deals with a different brother, and each brother’s characteristics are different. Well, where Whistlin’ Dixie is light and humorous; Leather and Lace is a bit darker, more erotic. Sam and Angel have a past they need to overcome before they can find love. But like all the Coalson men, Sam is a stubborn pain in the butt. Angel isn’t about to give up, though. She can be as stubborn as Sam when she wants something. And she wants Sam, badly. It’s being released Today!

Here’s an overview :

Sam Coalson, ex-Navy Seal, has returned to Grafton for the wedding of his brother. After being run out of town fifteen years ago for a crime he didn’t commit, he’s determined to claim what is rightfully his and take on anyone crazy enough to try and stop him.

Angel Devereaux is smart, sexy and definitely on Sam’s blacklist. After siding with Sam’s enemy fifteen years ago, Angel can’t help but wonder what if….what if Sam had never left? What if he could forgive her now? She had her reasons, but he won’t listen. So enough with words, sometimes action is exactly what’s called for.

What’s next for you?

My Tempered Steel series consists of seven full length novels, two novellas, and a cookbook of all the wonderful food mentioned in the series. I’m going to be pretty busy with all of that. In addition, I have an erotic romance series in the works as well as a paranormal trilogy involving vampires, sorcerers, werewolves, fairies and time travel. Looks like I’m going to be busy for awhile. Now if I could only finish all this before the voices in my head start inventing more stories!