Q: Who was your biggest inspiration?
A: At the beginning of one of her early books, the great author Rita Mae Brown wrote a short statement: "This is my book. If you don't like it, write one of your own." Until that point, it hadn't occurred to me that 'real' people wrote books – I thought of authors as being like movie actors. Later, I learned that I had two uncles who had written books, and I began to understand that even someone like me could write. That my dreams of being a writer could, in fact, become the reality of being a writer.
Q: What type of protagonist do you enjoy creating?
A: All my heroines have some facet of me in them – whether it's a sarcastic wit, a generous figure, or just uncontrollably curly red hair. My heroes are often amalgamations of men I've known and, occasionally, loved. I really enjoy putting the seed of someone I've known into a character, and watch them grow and flower into a personality – often someone very different from their inspiration!
Q: Are you disciplined about how often / where you write, or more relaxed waiting for inspiration to strike?
A: Far too relaxed, unfortunately! But I'm working on improving. Writing is a job – it takes discipline, dedication, and time. If you're not writing every day, something's wrong.
Q: Is all your work autobiographical?
A: A lady doesn't kiss and tell! Just kidding – some of it is, but most of it is definitely not. Some of it may also be wish fulfillment.
Q: What is your best writing fuel? Coffee, tea, soda, rot-gut whiskey?
A: Coffee, definitely. I do a lot of writing in coffee shops – the nice indie ones with wi-fi and comfy seats that will let you plug in your laptop for hours for the price of a latte and a pastry. These places are a haven for writers. Thankfully, San Francisco and the Bay Area are chock-full of indie coffee houses, some of which roast their own beans.
Q: What is your writing space like?
A: Well, when I'm not writing in coffee shops (see above), I have a small home office that I use. But sometimes I just like to recline on the couch with my feet up and let my fingers fly.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Seeing love all around me. Young couples in the first rush of love; old couples that have been together so long they've started to look alike. People with pets they adore; people with families they cherish. Love is a great inspiration, and it's the main reason I write romance – so I can create more love in the world.
Q: What's your favorite dinosaur? These things are important.
A: I'm a fan of the brontosaurus, mostly because they've decided he may not have existed. Huge, plant-eating fictional dinosaurs need love too!
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