Current Release: Dangerous Affairs
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Soap star Abby Langford thinks she’s leaving her real-life drama behind when she moves back to Minnesota–until she discovers a bloody knife hidden in her house and starts having vivid dreams about a brutal murder that may have been committed there. To survive, Abby and the sexy police chief who’s become her personal protector must uncover the truth and stop a killer…before Abby’s worst nightmares come true.
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
A big chunk of my self-confidence! When you write fiction, it’s your baby—you imagined the story, created the characters, and provided the voice. You think it’s perfect. Then you run into critique partners, contest judges, and agents and publishers who don’t agree.
But it’s all worth it when you're finally published and get a reader review or fan letter from someone who loves your book! My first Amazon review was an enthusiastic five-star one. When I read it, I have to admit I cried.
What are you working on?
A romantic mystery. The heroine is a trust attorney with issues who’s trying to discover which of her wealthy client’s family members killed him. She doesn’t want any suspects to know who she is, so she’s pretending to be the cocktail waitress girlfriend of the victim’s hot yet insufferable grandson. In addition to several eccentric family members, the story includes a reality show angle, a Mafia wannebe from Canada, and a possibly haunted mansion called Nevermore.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
To get to the point where romantic suspense fans actually recognize my name!
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Chocolate chip cookies (the dough works, too). They got me through a lot of broken hearts when I was younger and, more recently, a lot of agent/publisher rejections. It's no surprise they were invented by a woman!
Where is your favorite place to write?
At my family's lakeshore cabin in northern Minnesota. It's beautiful there--and if I'm there, that means Minnesota's five-month-long winter is finally over!
What career fields have you worked in?
I practiced law with a big law firm for a lot of years. Trust me, writing romance is way more fun!
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
Writing plans: I'm hoping to have another book or Kindle serial released in 2013.
Non-writing plans: I'm accompanying my husband to a meeting in Australia. I'm so excited and plan to spend the next months reading guidebooks and viewing relevant internet sites and getting even more excited!
How was your road to publication?
A lot longer and bumpier than I'd have liked! My first Golden Heart final was in 2005, and DANGEROUS AFFAIRS won a Golden Heart award in 2006. I was sure publication was just around the corner. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a really big corner! Six years later I'm FINALLY a published author.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon. Not because I have any desire to live in 18th century Scotland—I’m too big a fan of modern conveniences like running water, flush toilets, central heating, and anything that makes housecleaning less of a pain. But I’ve been in love with her hero Jamie Fraser ever since I first read OUTLANDER (which I immediately reread because I was totally in love with Jamie Fraser)!
Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to read my interview. And thanks even more to everyone who's read DANGEROUS AFFAIRS! I really appreciate it.