Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Once I fell in love with Regency England, I haven’t stopped writing about it–and now 23 books later, and a number of novellas and short stories, I still find it a fascinating place for stories.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My upcoming book, SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, comes out in late April, 2017. The heroine, Roselie Stratton, was a character in two previous books, THE VISCOUNT WHO LIVED DOWN THE LANE and THE KNAVE OF HEARTS, and I was intrigued by what sort of secrets she carried. She just seemed the sort of smart, keen, observant young woman who would chaffed under the ideas of what was proper for a lady to do and not do. So I wanted to give her an adventure worthy of her intellect and talents.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I can write anywhere–especially since I hand write most of my first drafts. So I’ve written in coffee shops, at the orthodontists waiting for my kids, on trains and planes, on the beach, at the pool. Where ever I find myself, I’m usually writing.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
My first love was L.M. Montgomery, the author of the Anne of Green Gables series. Her words, the poetics of her prose just opened the world of words to me. And when I got older and started reading romances–the really early ones–they told stories of brash and adventurous women that I loved.
What are you working on now?
A very unusual project that I am not breathing a word of. It is a story that has been haunting me for ages and finally I am going to take the time to write it. So exciting!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My readers! They are great at telling their friends and families to go read my books. It is the highest praise and an author’s greatest source of promotion. A genuine thank you from a reader to any writer is when they urge others to read your stories.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Finish books. Don’t start and stop and start another. Finish a book. You’ll learn more in writing one entire book than if you start twenty different ones.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Write from your character’s heart. Get right into the depth of the story. That isn’t always easy to do, but if you are persistent and keep layering at the story, revising until you find the right pieces, then the story will shine with authenticity.
What are you reading now?
The Blood Song series by Anthony Ryan.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Six Impossible Things is the last book in my Rhymes with Love series. So the writing world feels wide open right now. I am so excited to find new stories to tell.
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?
The complete works of Shakespeare–there is so much to unpack there and discover.
The Blue Castle, by L.M. Montgomery– my go-to romance
The Complete Idiots Guide on How To Get Off A Desert Island