Q: What do you like most about writing?
A: I guess what I like most about writing is creating great characters that can live up to, and overcome, the precarious situations I put them in. I don't like weak men. I like the hero to be strong and take control, but it tickles me when a strong heroine comes along that is every bit his equal and refuses to take any guff from him. This promotes sexual tension between the two which can lead to some very hot love scenes.
Q: and hate most about writing?
A: What I don't like is that blank page in the beginning. I try to begin my story, and each chapter, with a hook, and end each chapter with a cliffhanger. Of course, no matter what happens there will always be a happy ending, but I try to give my readers a rip-roaring ride before they get there.
Q: Is it difficult to choose a name for your character?
A: It's a challenge I like to be faced with. You have to consider the setting your character is in, as well as where he comes from, and his background. For a Southern setting you not only have to pick a Southern name, you also have to consider accents. I've been told by some well-meaning Northerners that the South is almost like a different country. Also, I like to give my villains names that sound dark and dangerous. For instance, can't you just see a gunslinger named Bart wearing a black hat?
Q: Do you have to get in the mood before you write a love scene?
A: Actually, since I'm working and in the middle of conflict, action, and dirty rotten villains, I'm never in the mood when I begin writing a love scene. I simply begin writing and as I describe the scene, I can't help but imagine myself there in the bed with my characters. That's when I get in the mood. The test of a good love scene is if you feel it while you're writing it. If you are moved by your words, then your reader will be moved as well. If you have to do something to get yourself in the mood, what can I say? Erase it and start over. But this time let the words do it, notsomething else.
Q: Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?
A: The story always. I have a folder in my computer that has many, many story ideas, but I haven't had the time to develop them yet. An idea can grow out of one scene, and one scene can become a book, and one book can become, what else? A bestseller.
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