Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve lived in many US states, in the UK and the West Indies. Earned a B. A. in English, but has worked at jobs ranging from artist’s model to brokerage. Thirty years ago, after the kids left, I fell prey to a Mozart obsession, which led to years of research and eventually three novels. I’ve written 13 historical novels, most set in the late 18th Century because–before the Mozart obsession, I’d had an Alexander Hamilton obsession, and so had familiarity with the Revolutionary War period. There are three Mozart novels, and three Revolutionary War novels, as well as “Roan Rose” a Ricardian novel, romances set in Dutch Country, PA, and a series of wild romantic fantasies set in the Austrian Alps. I’m a grandmother, a cat lady–heart currently broken by a loss of a legendary gray soul tiger–and a dedicated reader of History and Herstory and social science. I love music, from classical to jazz to electronic. On summer afternoons, me and “my old man” aka husband of fifty years, roam the back roads of PA on his black Hayabusa superbike.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Fly Away Snow Goose was inspired by the stories that have come from the Truth & Reconciliation Commission in Canada and the sad truth–at last reveal–about the Indian Residential Schools. My co-author, John Wisdomkeeper wanted this story told, and his dedication to his ancestors and ancestral lands were a continual inspiration and guide.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Some of the books of which I’m proudest were trance books–that is, I felt a real connection with the character, to the point that I spent a lot of wakeful nights typing all the stories and dialogue which they communicated. Mostly, though, I research and then write, and then research some more. If what I find out messes up something I’ve already written–too bad. The part that isn’t authentic gets cut and I rewrite. I try hard to keep things REAL.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The old historical novelists like Margaret Irwin and Margaret Campbell Barnes etc. I loved these books as a teen and always wanted to write their very personal, woman-oriented, yet utterly believable kind of historical novel.
What are you working on now?
More fantasy historical–Green Magic, which is part of the Magic series and carries on with the doings of a particular Austrian noble family. Green Magic’s heroine will have troubles with Fairies, who can present formidable dangers.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Book Goodies and all “friends and relations” has been a good fit for me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Long ago Nora Roberts, at a con I attended, said simply: “Put your fanny in the chair.” Works for me.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
What are you reading now?
Against the Grain — social science — in research mode.
What’s next for you as a writer?
We’ll see who pops into my head next. Stone circles, maybe.
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?
Foucault’s Pendulum, The Once & Future King, anything by the Buddhist nun, Pema Chodren or Eckhart Tolle.