Where did you gather inspiration for Birmingham?
My father’s family is from Birmingham so I grew up visiting the Magic City. Many of my fondest childhood memories took place in Birmingham. But the most important and inspiring part of Birmingham for me is the incredible medical services there. You see, my older daughter was born with extreme health issues. The amazing folks in Birmingham saved her life. So you see, for my family Birmingham truly is the Magic City.
How do you think the setting affects the story?
Birmingham is a southern town at its very roots, but it’s also very progressive city—almost like the Manhattan of the South. There’s the intensity of big city living, yet the heart and warmth of small town life. For Natalie, my heroine, it’s home, family and all that entails. On the other hand for Clint, Birmingham has been a bit of a bitter sweet experience—at least until he becomes part of Jess Harris Burnett’s team.
Is anything in your new release based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?
Natalie, in some ways, is me. I suffered a life altering injury and lost a great deal of the use of my right arm and hand. It has taken six years for me to learn to use my arm and hand again. It won’t ever be the same, but I’m learning to live with what I have. It’s amazing what the human mind and body are capable of.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Oh my, that’s a tough question. Before my injury I would fly through the pages. You see, the stories have always come to me in wonderful streams of scenes. Now with my hand injury, the stories still come but they don’t get on the page so fast.
What is the biggest misconception about your genre?
Oh my, I really believe any misconceptions about romantic suspense are in the past. Readers know what they want and have a much better understanding in today’s world filled with knowledge what they’re getting when they pick up a Harlequin Intrigue.
Did you hide any secrets in your books?
There are always delicious secrets in a mystery/suspense. Sometimes it’s about the killer, but often times it’s about the hero or heroine and who they really are deep down inside. Clint has some deep and delicious secrets!
Any tips to get through the dreaded writer’s block?
Never stop writing. Your writing muscle is like any other it needs regular exercise. Even if you’re not sure where you’re going in a story just write something! I’m always amazed at what’s hidden in my head behind any uncertainty!
What is your favorite book and why?
Hmm. I don’t think I can pick a favorite book. There are simply too many wonderful ones I’ve read!
What is your current end-of-summer read?
I am waiting for the release of Karin Slaughter’s The Kept Woman!