Tell us a bit about your family. My mother and sister are both artists (painters), and my dad is a retired businessman who has owned several businesses through the years. Growing up in a family that included both artists and an entrepreneur/businessman gave me a great foundation for becoming a writer. I’m able to switch between the two sides of my brain depending on the circumstances.
My significant other, Mark, is a professionally trained-chef-turned-contractor who has also owned several businesses, giving him an artistic side balanced with an entrepreneurial approach to life. We work very well together.
What is your favorite quality about yourself? Being able to step back and take a larger view. So often we get sucked into the minutiae of life and it becomes much more important than it needs to be. Stepping back allows me to not worry so much about the little stuff, opening myself to even bigger possibilities.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? My love of all things dairy. And chocolate.
What is your favorite quote, by whom, and why? Anything by Dorothy Parker. Because I love sarcasm.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Finishing the last book and starting the next. That, and being able to act normal in a crowd.
What is your favorite color? Red.
What is your favorite food? Cheese.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Wherever Mark is. If he’s not available, I’ll be in the cheese aisle.
How has your upbringing influenced your writing? My family moved a lot when I was growing up, and the constant re-inventing of myself and having to make new friends instilled in me an adaptability that has been quite handy in the quickly changing publishing world. It’s also given me a LOT of characters to choose from.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? I wrote my first story at the age of seven. It was an illustrated, tongue-in-cheek comic book about the joys of housework. I’m still cleaning-challenged. Then I read Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett, and I was hooked.
Genre – Romantic Suspense
Rating – PG13