How did you come up with the relationship between Sheriff Hayden Black and Jillian West?
I wanted to create characters who’d met under extreme circumstances—Jillian and Hayden immediately sprang to mind for me. In many ways, the two characters are opposites—and it’s those opposite traits that draw them together.
What is your favorite part about writing Romantic Suspense books?
I love writing romantic suspense novels because I enjoy including twists and turns for my readers. I’m all about action in my stories—and romantic suspense novels help me to keep an action-focused plot.
Do you have any traditions you enjoy during early Spring?
Heading to the beach is a must for me each spring. I’m lucky to live along the coast, so as soon as the temperatures start to climb, my toes are usually in the sand.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
Too long ago to remember! I’ve always wanted to be a writer, and even when I was a small kid, I was creating stories. I loved to change up the ending to fairy tales.
How long does it take you to write a book?
It typically takes me about six weeks to write a book—but I have been writing full-time for over ten years now. So I have a rhythm when I write, and I’m able to use that rhythm to stay on pace with my deadlines.
Where do you get your inspiration to write about a foiled kidnapping to tip off the plot?
I actually saw a news story about the FBI’s CARD team (Child Abduction Rapid Deployment), and once I learned about that group, I was completely inspired. I knew that my heroine had to be a part of that team, and as I developed her character, I realized the reason she was so passionate about helping victims…well, it was because she’d been an abduction victim herself.
How many books have you written?
Do you have a favorite? At last count, I’ve written over 90 books. I don’t have a favorite though—when I write a book, *that* book I am writing is my favorite. I am absolutely in love with it while I write. And then I finish that novel and start a new one. The new book then becomes my favorite…it’s a cycle that never ends.
What book are you reading right now?
I’m reading JUSTICE ASCENDING by Rebecca Zanetti.
What are your current projects?
I’m very excited about my “Killer Instinct” series with HQN. The first book in that series, AFTER THE DARK, will be launching next month—this is a very dark and sexy romantic suspense series.
What advice do you have for writers?
Write the stories that appeal most to you. Keep writing and keep reading and never, ever give up on your dreams.