1. Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction besides writing? I love to sing, ballroom dance, go for walks, try out new recipes, watch historical movies and romantic comedies, and read (for pleasure–not just for research).
2. When did you first realize you were an author? I have always liked to write but didn’t consider myself a “real” author until I got published. Now, I wish I’d realized that I was a “real” author the moment I finished a rough draft or decided to get published someday.
3. Have you done anything writing-related, but besides actually writing your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you? My blogs get a lot of good feedback because they are primarily dedicated to sharing historical research, but the most positive thing I do is teach writers’ workshops. One that I recently taught was Dressing the Regency Lady. It was a lot of fun to cover everything from the unmentionable to the hats and I had a live model that I dressed.
4. What is the thing you struggle with the most while writing? And how do you defeat it? Self-doubt is constant and I’m not sure there is a way to defeat it–mostly I fight it back each day by writing despite those doubts. Reviewing my goals and the reasons for my goals helps, as does reciting my mantra: I write because I must…because I can’t NOT write.
5. What is the “message” of your writing? To write beautiful, inspiring stories that give readers hope for a better tomorrow and restore faith in that elusive happily ever after.
6. Are your characters/stories/scenes, etc. based on anything in real life? The emotions and values come straight from my heart, but all the events and characters are purely fictional.
7. What are your future projects? I’m working on a rough draft of book 5 of the Rogue Hearts series and plotting several others that I plan to write.