Q: Was there a specific person that you modeled your characters after?
A: Depends on the character in question. Some of them are combinations of people that I know or who I am close to. Quinn specifically has a lot of my own life experiences in her story so I guess you could say she is my “fantasy me.” The male characters are also mixes of men in my life…those I have been in love with and those who I am related to. I take the mannerisms and other characteristics that appeal to me and combine them into a whole new person…sometimes it’s who I wish they could be!
Q: How do you squeeze in writing when you have a full time career already as a veterinarian?
A: I try to always have something to write down ideas into as they come to me. Right now I keep about 6 little notebooks with me to jot down ideas and scenes. When something pops into my head I get it out on paper as fast as I can. I don’t write the story in the order that it will be in the book. I do that later.
Q: Why did you pick Las Vegas as one of your key settings in For the Love of Quinn?
A: Why not? I love that town and I go every year to attend the same veterinary conference that I had Quinn attend. Putting a place that I love in my writing seemed so natural to me. Same goes for Disney. I love that place too!
Q: Have you ever had your heart and spirit broken like Quinn?
A: Yes I have and it was a very difficult time for me. I think giving Quinn the same struggle helped me to exorcise that part of my past and now I can move on and experience the joy in my life with family and friends. The emotional turmoil that Quinn went through is very real and a lot of people go through that pain. That’s what makes her story believable.
Q: Do you plan on writing more about the characters introduced in For the Love of Quinn or will you try another storyline all together?
A: Don't worry. You have not seen the last of Quinn and her friends! I am already working on the stories for the ladies introduced so far, and on another book with new characters that will be more fantasy with witches, warlocks and shape shifters.
Q: What brought you to California?
A: My job played a big roll in that. I moved to California in January 2000 from my home state of Michigan to a very small town in northern California and then Redding where I practiced small animal general and emergency medicine. I transferred to another veterinary hospital in the San Francisco Bay area in 2003 which is where I still reside. No matter where I am I will always be a Midwestern girl at heart!
Q: Is that why you made Quinn from Michigan?
A: Definitely. It’s much easier to write what you know and growing up, going to school and working in Michigan helped to shape who I am today. Michigan is and will always be my home whether I reside there or not. The changing seasons, the festivals, the Great Lakes, Mackinaw Island, my large wacky family all are in Michigan. What’s not to love about it?
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