Can you please share with us a little about yourself?
I’ve been writing for over twenty-five years, married for almost thirty. I come from Ohio, but recently moved to Georgia. I like it in the South, but I’m still not used to the heat.
I write for five different publishers. I’m concentrating on two of them right now because I have series with them.
Have you always wanted to be an author? I don’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write.
Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing? I really don’t have any favorite writers. I like all kinds of books. I don’t have one writer that influenced my work.
How did you get into writing in this specific genre?
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? I love contemporary romances because you can add a bit of other genres like a touch of mystery or danger. The Winter Creek series are contemporary with paranormal elements.
What are some of your writing rituals?
It needs to be completely quiet for me to write new stuff. I can do edits, blog post, and other stuff like that at any time. I also need to check my email, Twitter, and Facebook before I start writing. If I don’t I can’t really concentrate.
And I always have a cup of coffee on the table near me.
Need that coffee.
Can you please tell us about your latest book(s)?
My latest book is the second story in the Winter Creek, Montana series. Here’s the blurb about it.
A ghost from Barb’s past is an ever-present reminder that she’s not good mother material, so what happens when she falls for a man with a ready-made family?
Barb Grant is the resident dressmaker for Winter Creek, an old ghost town that’s being rebuilt. But the town ghosts aren’t the main thing that’s causing Barb trouble. It’s the pre-teen girl who suddenly decides she would make a good substitute mother. And the girl’s father.
Wyatt Campbell has been the bane of Barb’s existence since their first meeting. One minute the cowboy is pissing her off thoroughly, but then the next moment she’s wanting to rip his clothes off and make love to him. When rumors start flying that he’s a horrible lover, she can’t believe they could possibly be true. How could a man who can evoke so much passion be a bad lover? Her need to know the truth is the only reason she says “yes” to his date request. Her plan—have sex with him and then say goodbye.
Unfortunately, Wyatt has other plans. He wants a real relationship. But he comes with a ready-made family, and that scares Barb. A ghost from her own past keeps reminding her that she’s not good mother material. She’s made mistakes, mistakes that resulted in a child’s life ending, and she can’t ever forget that.
Could Wyatt be the one man capable of getting past her barriers? Or will Barb’s past forever affect her life?
How did you come with the idea for this story?
To be truthful, I not really sure. It actually started as a straight-forward contemporary romance but then the dressmaker’s ghost showed up. Winter Creek, Montana series kind of just happened. I’m still trying to figure things out with the rest of the stories.
But I love these books. They’re fun to write.
Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
Right now I’m writing the last chapter a sexy contemporary story called Winning the Bet. This one is breaking new ground for me. I’m also working on the fourth book of another series with another publisher. I’m writing them both at the same time because they are so different.
What would you be if you were not an author?
Good question. I worked in a nursing home for years, but I would never do that again. If I was smart when I was younger I would’ve gotten into nursing or some other medical field. A part of me still wishes I did.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I have about 35 or so books stored in my Kindle right now. I’m not really dying to read any of them right now. I’m thinking that’s because I’m concentrating on my writing.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
No, just that I hope everyone is having a great summer. And I want to thank you for hosting me on your blog.
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