Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Sharon! It’s always a joy to talk about books and the writing process!
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Great question, Sharon! I’ve always had a creative little gnome inside dying to get out. I finally let her see the light of day in the mid-90’s when I wrote a very rough western historical. (Still have warm affection for that story, even though it’s gathering dust in the archives) I really didn’t feel like a writer yet even though I’d spent many hours pecking away at the typewriter. I guess I needed validation from someone else – and it came in the form of a publisher who assigned one of my stories to an editor. It still wasn’t an offer for a contract, but my cover letter and synopsis had caught her interest. That small confidence in my writing was the boost I needed. It told me I had been a writer all along!
You’ve had a number of releases over the last several months. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?
I’ve written eight full-length novels – five that are published. Trying to pick a favorite is very hard because I’ve sunk love and emotion into each of them. One Small Fib is my favorite published story so far. It was the first book to catch a publisher’s attention, so it will always have a special place in my
What was one of the most surprising things you learned about yourself in creating your books?
One of the most surprising things is how committed I get to a story. By nature, I’m a hyper person and my attention tends to wander quickly, but with my stories I’m different. I want to discover my characters, experience their situation, help them resolve their conflicts so they can find their happily-ever-after. For me to hang with them the entire time is amazing!
Writers love to write, right? What part of writing do you least enjoy?
For me, it has to be those times when my creative-side seems to be on hiatus. The best thing to do when that happens is to take a deep breath and walk away for awhile. Wish my stubborn side would accept that; sometimes it doesn’t.
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
My interests are many: reading, staying fit, gardening, cruising the Caribbean, chasing my three granddaughters, watching sappy chick-flicks, finding new recipes that will dazzle my husband, and most recently, camping. So many great things and each one have the potential to be a story!
What are you working on now?
My current work-in-progress is a contemporary romance with the working title, Three Days With Molly. He’s a country rock star in need of a personal assistant. She’s a stressed out prosecuting attorney who needs a new gig. Not too far into the story, but last week I had a moment of clarity where I finally pinned down their characters. Love those moments!
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Allie Blue's dream of buying the old Smithington mansion and turning it into a bed and breakfast is stomped by a mystery real estate developer with a fancy pen and loaded checkbook. With no bed and breakfast, Allie resorts to one small fib which lands her a flight attendant's job and the task of pampering Upward Airlines' most demanding frequent flyer -- Kiptyn Thomas, III. Something raw and potent snaps between them, but Allie fights the attraction for the guy who thinks he's at the top of the food chain. Kiptyn Thomas is used to getting what he wants, when he wants it. Allie Blue both annoys and intrigues him. Will some well-intentioned fibs, a deep dark secret, and similar personalities draw them together or keep them apart?
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