did you stop being a divorce lawyer and start writing full time?
actually still a lawyer...unless you know something I don't. It's
true I'm not practicing law right now but that's mostly due to
a relocation from Maryland (where I passed the bar exam) to California
(where I would have to take another bar exam to be licensed). The
idea of going through another bar exam makes me kind of ill, so
I'm taking full advantage of having a book contract and staying
out of a courtroom. Feel free to buy my books so that I can keep
that streak going.
long did it take you to get published?
felt like 100 years. But, really, in the world of publishing it
was not that long. I wrote on and off for about three years between
family stuff and my full-time job. When I got serious about being
published – i.e., stopped making excuses about being busy
and spent the time writing instead – it took me 18 months.
Huge credit goes to fellow author Lori Foster who ran an online
contest and picked me as a finalist. That break put my name in
front of my now Kensington editor. I am forever grateful for Lori's
do you stay on track for deadlines?
makes you think I do...? Oh, I get them done on time. Somehow.
It's the "on track" part that's not quite true.
there be books for Josh & Derek (from Your Mouth Drives
Me Crazy) or Doug (from Right Here, Right Now)?
makes an appearance in It's Hotter in Hawaii (April '09)
but he gets his own happy ending in Holding Out For A Hero (October
'09). Check out my BOOKSHELF page for more information about those
releases. I'm hoping to write stories for Derek and Doug in the
future. Derek needs to grow up a bit first. In my head he is 20-something
and not quite ready to find his heroine match. And Doug, well,
I'm not sure what woman could handle him. I'll work on that one.
you still write novellas?
I can. Anthologies tend to be by editor invitation only. If I'm
asked, I usually say yes because I love writing them.
plans to write paranormal or historical romance?
There are a bunch of potential future books bouncing around in
my head. Some of the ideas are for romantic suspense plots, there
are a few pure mysteries, one or two nuggets with supernatural
issues (think X-Files) and some others. But I'll leave vampires,
werewolves and other creatures of the night, along with anything
in a historical setting, up to those authors who write them so
do your ideas come from?
Honestly, coming up with the ideas is not the problem. Putting
my butt in the chair and writing the book – yeah, that's
the tough part.