Why do you write?
I write romance novels in a number of different subgenres—nothing too spicy, but there are some sensual aspects to my books. I like to leave certain things to the imagination.
What’s your favorite genre?
Romance/suspense although I enjoy contemporary romance with a dash of humor too.
Do you have a favorite author (if so, please tell us the name)?
Nora Roberts is my inspiration.
To be successful as an author, what do you see as the main goal?
Having people enjoy my books. If they say they started reading a book and couldn’t put the book down until they finished it, I know I did my job well. It would be nice to become a best-selling author, but only because it would mean more people could enjoy my work—well the money would be nice too.
What inspires you and how do you channel it when you need inspiration?
Television programs, the news, things people say and do, things I see around me. If I need an idea, I’ll go for a walk and wait for it to strike me. If I don’t get inspired, I’ll just let it go for a while until my muse gets something she can work with.
What advice can you give to aspiring authors?
Don’t give up your dreams. Finish what you start. Expect rejection. Keep studying the craft. You get better by doing, and as painful as editing a manuscript can be, it’s the only way you’ll learn to improve your writing.
What advice would you give to the youth of today (not just authors)?
Look for the good in people. You need to have faith not only in yourself but in others. Have a goal in mind for yourself. Don’t look for the easy way out all the time. Something worth doing is worth doing right. It may take longer, but there’s satisfaction in a job well done.
What’s on your bucket list?
Making the NY best-seller list, taking a European river cruise, going to Vegas
Tell us about your book:
Just For The Weekend is a contemporary romance novel set in Las Vegas.
Sometimes, you have to step out of the box.
Kindergarten teacher, Cleo James, needs a break. For the past three years, she’s put her life on hold to help her father deal with grief, but now she’s ready to move on. A weekend in Vegas at a sci-fi convention may be just the place to start. She’ll be costumed as an alien and no one will recognize her. What could go wrong? Things get complicated when she’s attracted to a conventioneer whom she believes is a gorgeous Chippendale dancer. Can Cleo set her strict moral code aside and enjoy what promises to be a once upon a time weekend?
Multimillionaire real estate developer, Sam Mason has sworn off serious relationships. In Vegas to visit family and friends, he’s talked into attending a sci-fi convention for the night. Dressed as an alien, he’s confident he can elude the usual gold diggers looking to star in the role of Mrs. Sam Mason. When he spots a beautiful woman dressed as a green-skinned slave girl, he’s captivated by her and changes his plans to leave Vegas in the morning. The more time he spends with her, the more he realizes she’s unlike any woman he’s known. Fantastic sex and too much alcohol find him married to his alien siren, but before he can tell her the truth about himself and see if they can make their marriage work, the bride vanishes. Finding her is going to be a challenge.
What would you like readers to know about you?
I grew up as an avid reader of all types of books, but always with a penchant for happily ever after romances. In my imagination, I travelled to foreign lands, past and present, and soared into the future. Today, I’ve made my dreams come true. As a retired educator, I spend my time writing, so I can share my adventures with my readers. I loves the ins and outs of romance, and the complex journey it takes to get from the first word to the last period of a novel. As I write, my characters take on a life of their own, and I share their fears and agonies on the road to self-discovery and love.
I live in Cornwall, Ontario with my husband. We have three adult children and five grandchildren. When I’m not writing, I enjoy reading, chatting on the Internet with my writer friends, and hearing from my readers.
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