How did you come up with the background relationship between Wes and Isabelle?
Well, this book is a little different in that it’s a continuity and part of an ongoing series. So when we’re a part of the series, we’re actually given the basic outline of the plot of the book and who our characters are. Now, once we get that information, each writer then makes the story her own. We can make changes to storyline and we’re expected to give our characters interesting backstories too as we develop their personalities. So, working with that, I knew that Wes would find out he had a child he knew nothing about. It was my job to discover why Isabelle kept that secret and then find a way to get them past the anger and hurt feelings.
What is your favorite part about writing Contemporary Romance?
I actually started my writing career writing Western Historicals and I loved them. I’ve always been a fan of the old west and a real history lover. But that said, the first time I wrote a contemporary, I was thrilled with how easy it was to move my characters around in the story! No waiting for a stage coach, or saddling a horse. Just hop in the car and go. ☺
Do you have any traditions you enjoy during the New Year?
Oh, sure, one of my favorites is starting the yearly diet and inevitably failing at it within a couple of weeks! Still, it’s tradition, now.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Like a lot of writers I know, I’ve always loved playing with words. I still have stacks of notebooks filled with truly terrible poetry I wrote as a teenager. And in school, I was the kid always in trouble for staring out the window daydreaming. Thankfully, I found a career that demands daydreaming.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That really depends on the length of the book. For a mainstream novel, it might take four or five months, for a Desire, less time—though not less work! ☺ And for a historical maybe six months. A novella could be done in a few weeks, depending on the idea and how richly filled out it is in my mind.
Where do you get your inspiration to write about a long-lost child?
Family is really important to me and I think any parent can relate to the fear of missing time with your child. For someone to suddenly discover they have a child, what does that do to you? How do you reorganize your life? How do you know what to do? For me, that leads to a lot of interesting character development.
How many books have you written? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written 152 books so far and oh, asking me for a favorite is just too hard. I love them all for very different reasons. But I do have a soft spot for some of my funnier books. I love a book with humor.
What book are you reading right now?
Nora Roberts’ latest book ISLAND OF GLASS. It’s the third book in her latest trilogy and I’m loving it. Nora never disappoints.
What are your current projects?
Right now, I’m coming up with the plot for my next Desire and also working on an idea for an enovella I’d like to put up on my website.
What advice do you have for writers?
Don’t quit. That’s the most important advice for anyone wanting to be a writer. There is simply no substitute for persistence. Read everything you can get your hands on and write what you love most to read.