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I've lived in Illinois, Nebraska, Kansas and now in California. I have a husband, daughter and son-in-law, and between us we've rescued and adopted two dogs, three cats, and a bird. I collect castles, read, and volunteer with my certified therapy dog as a reading tutor.
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Saturday, June 23, 2012
Do forty and fifty-year-olds deserve love?
us a little about Leap of Faith, released June 21. What
is the genre? What is it about?
of Faith' and is the first in my DUTY
WITH HONOR series. It
is a suspense/romance, about a couple of 'forty-something's that find love,
with adventures on the way.
this completely out of imagination, or are there elements of your real life
experience in the plot/characters?
Well, except for the rich and famous brother, and the handsome
and even richer hero, it's about me - 100%.
;-) There are a few elements of me in my heroine.; but she's pretty
fabulous. Seriously, most of it is from my fevered imagination; with just a
sprinkling of true elements from my life. The trick is for the readers to
figure out which is which. Here's a hint:
I don't weigh 130 lbs.
much of your personality and life experience is in your writing?
To a great extent, my heroine, Beth, exhibits many of my
personality quirks; and unfortunately some of my life experiences.
do your ideas come from?
Does anyone really know that?
This came from my 'knee-jerk' reaction to a class writing
assignment. We were supposed to write
about a twenty-year-old, walking through a park and stumbling on love. At nearly fifty, I wondered why love seemed
to be reserved for twenty-year-olds.
Forty and fifty year-olds deserve love too. I kept thinking of that old line, "Love
is wasted on the young.". I also
was re-evaluating my life, and wrote about what my fantasy life and love would
long did it take you to write this book? Edit it?
I began the book(s) on May 1st, 1999 and finished the
first draft on September 15th of that year. Then life got in the way. I went through a divorce, moved across the
country and met a new man. And, to my
surprise, I discovered I didn't get anything really accomplished when I was
happy. Unfortunately, once more, life
took care of that obstacle. After some assessing and revamping, another major
move and a new man, I found a way to balance happiness and work. I struggled in some writers' groups - where I
learned that you can't make everyone happy. Along the way, I acquired that 'mandatory-for
writers' rejection file. Finally I found
someone who liked my writing, and turned
out to be a born editor. He helped me finish the edits and revisions.
did you decide to write (insert genre and rating here)?
The truth is, I didn't actually decide anything - it just
happened. But, after I faced the
realization to get a mammoth 260,000 + word book published was daunting, I broke it into
four books. They're all
suspense/romances, but the ratings vary.
'Leap of Faith' is
Sweet/Warm, but the next in the series, 'Second
Chances', will have a higher rating.
After that, they'll be back to Sweet/Warm, at least until the fifth
book, 'An Unexpected Pause', currently in the first draft stage. So far, it's turning out to be steamy.