Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Growing up, I used to hide romance books and I vowed never to return to my hometown. Now I write romance books and I am back home. I am happy!
I have written four contemporary romances about life and love in a small town.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Fit For You” – When I started my Truhart Series, weight loss and creating a story about a fitness trainer and a town faced with the highest obesity rate in the state was the last thing on my mind. But, somewhere in my writer’s subconscious I must have hungered (bad pun, sorry) for a story about a woman making her own personal comeback and a cast of overweight characters too stressed to think about diets.
A chance encounter with a neighbor who was a nutrition consultant and a visit to an “adult functional training gym” upended my perception of diet and fitness. All the wonderful people who supported my own path to fitness morphed into my heroine and her hunky hero, Lily Shue and Edge Callahan. “Fit For You” became as much about me as it was about Lily, Edge, and the tiny town of Truhart. Writing became joyful and cathartic.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I listen to music before and after I write. (Never during. I need silence.)
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Ray Bradbury, Emily Dickinson
What are you working on now?
A small town romance about superstition, luck, and baseball!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don’t know. You tell me. I wish I had the answer, but I can tell you that my favorite way to reach readers is to visit book clubs. It is great to meet readers and hear their stories.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t let rejection stop you. And keep honing your craft.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“The best way to write is butt in chair” – by the incomparable Norah Roberts
What are you reading now?
“Still House Lake” by Rachel Caine
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have to cook dinner.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
“How to Build a Raft”, “Edible Desert Island Plants”, Thesaurus, A big book with blank pages so I could write (and an attached pen)