Q: What genres do you like?
A: My favorite reads are contemporary and historical books. I like to read and write about people who settled the wilderness and lived in the early days of colonial America, but a modern day read that romps me through the bedroom with a handsome hero is okay, too. I enjoy writing and reading about a spunky heroine that's a little on the feisty side and a hero that adores her for who she is. He doesn't have to be Superman; he can be an ordinary Joe that loves her for all the right reasons. I like to read about a man who knows what he wants and is not afraid of falling in love. He is apple pie and American-made as far as I am concerned. Call me an old-fashioned girl if you want. I don't like erotic sexual behavior to take away from a good story, and so I write about falling in love and add some complications, a few conflicts to spice it up some. Since I like a little excitement in a romance book, I added a murder mystery as the suspense plot to Trouble on Sugar Creek.
Q: Where do you get your inspiration?
A: I am inspired to write about life as it is lived. Everywhere you look, you see parts of untold stories.
Q: What type of music do you listen to while writing?
A: The soft love songs of the fifties add to my inspiration and remind me of what love really seems to mean to most of us. Believe me when I say that there is no better feeling than the one you get when you listen to Jerry Lee Lewis belt out “Great Balls of Fire” or the Righteous Brothers sing “Unchained Melody.”
Q: What type of hero is your favorite?
A: That's a tough question. I like to read about a hero who is honest, hardworking, and who will stand by his woman through all kinds of hardships. He has to be worth saving for me to let him get near my heroine. If he can't be faithful and love her for who she is then he can get off the page.
Q: What type of beverage do you drink while you write?
A: Coffee, coffee, coffee, coffee.
Q: How do you keep a positive attitude when reject is part of submission?
A: I was an insurance agent for almost twenty years. During those days, I attended many seminars and workshops on sales rejection, so I know that rejection does not mean it is not salable or that someone else won't like it. Keeping a positive attitude includes being able to see the manuscript as someone else might view it. Making revisions when needed is only a part of it.
Q: What advice can you give to aspiring writers?
A: NEVER fall in love with your own words!
Q: If you weren't writing what would you be doing?
A: If not writing, I'd be traveling to a romantic place with my sweetheart, sipping piña coladas in the sunshine, and surfing the waves. That sounds very romantic, but I am only kidding! Seriously, I would be traveling to a romantic place with my sweetheart—and I'll leave the rest to your imagination.
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