Hi! To start off, please tell us your name, where you’re from, and what you write.
I was born in Canada, I was raised in southern California and learned to live in Northern California. I write romance set in the theatre, I’m a self-admitted theatre geek, I got three degree’s in the field, taught for a number of years have performed, directed or worked on almost 150 productions and finally started writing plays. So far, I’ve written my first series as contemporary but I’m working up story lines for several lines for historical works.
How did you become an author? Please share a bit of your journey with us.
A confluence of events conspired to put writing in my path. I’ve always had trouble, serious trouble with grammar. Because of that I’ve honed a wild and wooly imagination. I started writing plays, because of my work in the theatre and the fact that dialogue for plays is more manageable grammatically. I love the musicality of dialog, character development and plotting so playwriting was a natural fit. It wasn’t until after I learned about the business end of playwriting that I was disillusioned. That’s too long a story to write for this interview but suffice it to say the bug for writing had already bit me. I learned about romance writing and novels late in life, honestly I’ve read more plays than anything else in my life. But after learning I outlined my first novel that evening, not knowing anything about romance novels. But I joined organizations, I read a lot of romance novels, I took workshops, read and read, I talked with people, read and read some more and six years late I had my first book. It took about 15 revisions. “Show Fever, which is also is the book that I’m giving away for this opening, in case it interests you. By the way, there are dozens of stories and quotes woven into the fabric of the book that are true, either from my experience or historical fact.
What are you working on now? Do you have a recent or upcoming release?
I do have an upcoming release. It’s the third and final book in my series, “Romance at the Empire Theatre”. The title of the book is Nudity Happens, and it’s about a struggling theatre putting up the play, “Hair, The Musical” and how the community responds to the idea of nudity on stage.
Next in the works is a duet set in the 1920’s Chicago, mobsters, flappers, and unlikely heroes. I can already hear the tap dancing at the speakeasy.
I so have a holiday novel, about a theatre company putting on a production to raise money for the children’s library. There’s a Hollywood actor and a disillusioned playwright thrown together to produce a play that will earn enough money to rebuild the children’s library. Meanwhile . . .this might be a contemporary but I’m also thinking about setting the novel in a different time period, not sure where yet.
What/who do you like to read and do you have a favorite genre/author?
I don’t have one favorite author, I’m reading a Beverly Jenkins right now and enjoying that. I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Heather Graham, Janet Evanovich, John Grisham, Nora Roberts, Elizabeth Lowell, Sophie Kinsella, and so many others I also read authors who belong to my RWA chapter, I have a stack but so far I’ve enjoyed all of their books as well, Kilby Blades, Karysa Faire, just to name a couple.
Who is a person you greatly admire and why?
So, I admire anyone who has dealt with series adversary and come out of it a kinder, compassionate person. There are many who have suffered the slings and arrows life has to offer but one most notable for me is Victoria Woodhull. The short story is she was the first woman to run for president in 1872, she owned her own stock brokerage firm, she was a public speaker and spoke in topics as controversial and free love and prenatal care, this was in the late 1800’s. She lived during the Golden Age and had her own newspaper, made more money than her husband and traveled in three distinct social circles, Spiritualists, Suffragettes, and The Barons of wall street. Her story is extraordinary and she’s completely left out of our history books. You can bet there will be a novel one day about her, how can you miss with the idea of free love and passionate romance during the Golden Age?
Please tell us your favorite holiday and why.
It’s a coin toss between two different holidays that I enjoy equally. Día De Los Muertos, would be my first, I have lost many people in my life and it is a holiday that honors both the living and the dead.
Thanksgiving, no commercialism, just dinner with friend and family committing time to appreciate other people and elements of my life.
Please share one piece of advice to aspiring authors - what do you wish someone would have told you? Or, what did someone tell you that you’d like to pass on to others?
This one is a little difficult for me, because through joining RWA I’ve heard and hundreds of great inspiring things about writing, but I’ve read and heard from many authors, “just keep writing, just keep it up, dedicate time and just keep writing.”
City, suburb, or small-town? Both city and Small Town.
Dark chocolate, light chocolate, or white chocolate? Dark
Alpha, beta, or both? Beta with a great sense of humor.
Wine, whiskey or punch? Wine
Hot dogs, hamburgers, or tacos? Lately it’s tacos.
Boxers, briefs, or commando? Boxers or commando.
Cowboy boots, biker boots, or flip-flops? Really handsome, stylish oxfords.
Leather, lace, or silk? I love the smell of leather and feel of silk.
Cake, cookies, or crumpets? Pies and cookies.
Top, bottom, or against the wall? Unstoppable Passion.
Biceps, abs, or buns? Biceps
Cats, dogs, or exotics? All the furry children, I love and dote over all of them
Any last words before we say goodbye?
Thank you for reading!