About the Author
Tell us a little bit about you.
I’ve been an avid romance reader since my teenage years, so I guess you could say I fell in love with love! My career in journalism was far too dry and I couldn’t wait to write stories about heros and heroines who always lived happily ever after ~ and here I am!
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a writer?
To be able to transport a reader to a magical place that begins in Chapter One and has them sigh in contentment when they reach The End
Who is your favorite author(s) and why?
Grace Livingston Hill. Author of 100+ novels that launched the faith-based romance genre at the turn of the 19th century. While we see them as historical books today, they were contemporary fiction in Grace’s day and accurately showed life for single women – the hard work, the hard times, and the sweetness and innocence of first love. She is described as being “ahead of her time. Her heroines frequently declared their independence by leaving their homes and striking out on their own.”
Do you have any suggestions for writers just starting out?
Fiercely guard your writing time. Write every day, even if it is only a few paragraphs.
What is your favorite quote?
You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you. ~John Wooden
If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?
Louise, the heroine in my debut novella War of the Heart, travels back in time to London 1940 during Christmas week. The patriotism and “can do” morale of Londoners under frequent bombardment by war planes was inspiring for me to research and write. It was humbling.
If your book was made into a movie which actor/actress would play which character(s)?
My new release, Love Among the Lilacs would be amazing with Scarlett Johansson as streetwise Mollie and Tom Cruise’s Lt. Daniel Caffee character in A Few Good Men as hero Sean, who is a lawyer too.
What does writing mean to you?
Since being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in 2012 – writing these stories of love, hope and happily-ever-after gives me a legacy of joy to leave behind.
Anything else you want to share with us?
What surprises you most as a writer?
I am constantly amazed how characters take on a personality and quest on their own when I sit down to write – all of a sudden they want to go in one direction you hadn’t seen coming. And most of the time it’s an amazing addition to the book when they take over a scene.
Let’s get personal. Tell us 5 random things about you the person, not the author.
- Grandfather cocreated Hostess Twinkies, Snowballs and chocolate iced Hostess cupcakes
- I renewed my wedding vows in a hot air balloon
- I worked at Glacier National Park for two summers – breathtaking scenery but grizzlies are scary!
- I can cook kale chips and roasted Brussels sprouts that can make your mouth water
- The hotter the food spice is, the better
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About the author’s latest release & inspiration
Name of your latest release: Love Among the Lilacs
Release Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance (Sweet)
Publisher: Forget Me Not Publishing
Tell us about your book.
From Homeless to Heartache
Bookkeeper Mollie Wright knows about living on the streets, and her purchase of sweet Lilac Cottage is a dream come true. She is determined to stay and fight when a legal error puts her ownership at risk.
Attorney Sean Grady never wanted his great-aunts to sell their cottage in Westchester County, New York, so when a paperwork snafu puts the deal on hold, he moves swiftly to evict the pretty, feisty squatter.
Mollie finds unexpected allies in Grady Cove neighbors and a member of Sean’s own family but knows the clock is ticking.
Will a theft and her past secrets force a showdown to heartache, or will Mollie and Sean discover home is truly where your heart is?
What inspired you to write this book?
Helping a friend avoid homelessness became an eye opener on how it affects self-esteem and hopeful feelings for the future
What do you hope readers will get out of your book?
That we can triumph and thrive despite past betrayals and hard times
What can readers expect when they open your book?
A Feisty heroine who isn’t backing down and a hero that has a soft spot for rescuing elderly ladies and putting speed bumps in the heroine’s path
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