Every time I pick up a book, I know I’m going on a journey. Where that journey takes me can be mind-blowing.
I write historical romance and strive to infuse each character with the personal courage and commitment to take the journey of self-discovery that will make them worthy to love. How my characters arrive at their decisions continues to amaze me.
My background is as American as apple pie. I was born and raised in the Mid-west, graduated from the University of Michigan, and worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya.
Today my husband and I live in San Diego, the place of my heart, close to our beautiful children and grandchild.
Favorite things to do? Watch University of Michigan football and basketball, spend time over lunch with friends and travel to far off places.
Question: What sound or noise do you love?
Laughter, especially from those who have been hurting. Recently, I was sitting with friends and a man who hadn’t been very happy in a long while started laughing. It was the best sound ever.
Question: Who is your favorite villain?
Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo. No amount of sympathetic backstory makes up for this man’s obsession to harass Jean Valjean who stole a loaf of bread to feed his nephew and served out his prison sentence. It reminds me of labels that are stuck on people when they are young and continue all through their adult life as if they could never change.
Question: What is your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
A story with fascinating characters, terrible villains and a sense of irony.
Question: What’s the first thing you do when you finish a book?
Rewrite. For me writing is a process that never ends. Readers tell me they want to know more about what happens to the characters after the book ends which is very satisfying to me.
Question: If you had a chance to travel to the past where would you go and why?
Apart from killing Hitler, I would like to travel back to the Edwardian Age. I could take place in my very own costume drama wearing enormous hats and lovely dresses. The age of the Edwardians was a time when women were agitating for their rights and succeeding–which would suit me.