Q: Where do you get the inspiration for your steamy sex scenes?
A. Some of it comes from real life, but most of it is from my imagination, or from other things I’ve read. I strive to write sex scenes that are not only hot but romantic as well. All my stories have an HEA, so I keep the focus on the developing romance between the heroine and her heroes. Sex is such an important part of a healthy adult relationship, and of course it’s more fun if it’s steamy.
Q: Why small towns?
A: I love small towns. I remember staying up late to watch Peyton Place with my mom when I was younger. Living in a place where everyone knew everyone else, and where they knew what their neighbors were doing intrigued me. It seemed safe and secure, if a bit nosy and busy-body at times. It’s so much fun to create a fictional town because you can make it anything you want it to be.
Q: If you were stranded on a desert island, which three books could you not live without?
A: That’s a tough one, but I’d have to choose To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, A Rose In Winter by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and Echoes by Maeve Binchy. I read To Kill A Mockingbird when I was ten, and it had a profound effect on me. The other two are among my very favorite romance novels of all time.
Q: Tell us about one person who inspired you to write.
A: There have been so many. If I had to just pick one though, it would be my ninth grade English teacher, Anne Orbach. We had to write a short story as an assignment, and she wanted ten hand-written pages. Yes, we wrote everything by hand back then. The subject was wide open, but everyone in class groaned, except me. I turned in her twenty pages of a teenage angst story, and she raved over it, embarrassing me half to death. But she pulled me aside at the end of class and told me I should consider writing. I’ve never forgotten the look in her eyes as she said that.
Q: What one piece of advice would you give to an aspiring author?
A: Never give up. Never, ever, ever give up. If you truly believe you were born to do this, then go for it. Learn your craft. Take pride in your work. Hang out in real or cyber life with authors whose work you admire, and learn all you can. Ask questions. Pick apart their work to see how they did certain things that you love. And write—always and every single day. Writers write.
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