Where do you get your ideas?
I never know what will trigger the germination or spark of an idea. Sometimes a notion sounds great but once I begin a detailed outline of the general premise, I realize my great concept was just that—a thought with no wheels. It may start the engine but it won’t go anywhere. I also play the “what if” game a lot and ask why to every question I answer until I can’t go any further.
When you set out to write a book, do you start at the beginning or start at the end?
I write by scenes, not chapters, so I usually start with the scene that best encapsulates the concept that caught my attention and imagination in the first place. That scene could be in the first chapter, the twentieth, or could even be the end. I write outward from there, like spokes on a wagon wheel until I’m done, then rearrange the scenes as needed during my first draft editing pass. Not every scene makes it into the book.
What is your favorite genre?
I love to read and really don’t have one favorite I’d single out. But I will say that all my own stories, especially the romantic comedies and the erotic romances, have something in common, and that is the element of humor. It may not be as pronounced in some of my stories, for instance—Open Season, Deal Breaker, or The Midnight Effect, but if you look closely, you’ll find it hidden even in my darker tales.
Which character would you most want to revisit in a sequel?
Allison Caufield from The Midnight Effect. I’d planned to expand the story, sharing with readers the next chapter of her life and I know I left readers on a cliffhanger, but I was sidelined with other projects, and with health and family issues. As it turns out, I hope to have it released sometime in the near future.
Who is your favorite hero from your books?
Not sure I can list just one. Each has qualities that make them unique and intriguing. But usually my favorite is the one I’m currently developing.