Q. How glamorous is your life as a writer?
A. Oh, my. You have no idea. Just this morning I had to hose down one of those annoying paparazzi people. He was sitting in a tree in my backyard and trying to get a photograph of me taking a shower. God knows why. Nobody, not even those who enjoy horror movies and monsters, would ever want to see me naked.
Seriously, my life is soooo not glamorous. Every day I lock myself in my office and pound out a minimum of 7,000 words. Then, once my “day job” is finished, I have fun doing laundry, taking care of the dogs, and letting my husband know just how special he is. Yep, between washing the dirty underwear and cleaning up dog poo, my life is one glamorous adventure after the other.
Q. What would you do if you weren’t writing?
A. I’d find something else to do. I went through many professions before becoming a writer. Some of those professions included: teacher, daycare owner, computer salesperson, used car salesperson and secretary. But I didn’t like any of those other jobs as much as I do being a writer.
Q: Why don’t you write a useful book, like a cookbook?
A: I don’t write cookbooks because I don’t know how to cook. My mother always told me, “If you don’t want them to expect you to do it, then don’t learn how.” So I never learned how to do anything more than stick a frozen dinner in the microwave. I “re-heat” really well.
Q. What does your family say about the types of books you write?
A. My husband is the inspiration for all my sexy heroes, so he’s not complaining. My mother, who has never done anything scandalous in her life, reads my books, but skips over the “sexy bits”. My father also reads my books and then tells everyone around him (whether they want to hear or not) all about his “daughter, the sexy romance writer”. You go, Dad!
Q. What do you do when you have writer’s block?
A. I don’t believe in writer’s block. Oh, sure, there’s times when I don’t want to plunk my sizeable bottom in front of the computer, but that happens to everyone, right? Everyone needs a day off from whatever job they do. But running out of ideas? Sorry, but it’s never happened to me.
Q. Which would you rather be? A dog or a cat?
A. I have four dogs, which would give you an idea of which animal I prefer to own. However, if I could come back as either a dog or cat, I’d choose to come back as a cat. Why? Dogs have to do too much kissing up to their owners while cats don’t even lift their head to say hello if they don’t want to. Yes, a cat’s life is the life I’d choose.
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