Hi Tara, Thanks for coming and visiting us today. What is your latest book, His First Choice, about?
A twist I've never seen or read before in the romance world, but a story I believe needs to be told - one that speaks to the heart of true romance. Lacey is an ex-child star whose identical twin sister is still in Hollywood, a soap opera star. Though she and her sister have identical looks, her sister always shines brighter. Lacey has moved to Santa Raquel to be a family services social worker. As part of the 'Where Secrets Are Safe' high risk team, she meets Jem Winston, whose four year old son is showing signs of abuse. Jem's story is a heart breaker. His First Choice delivers his happy ending.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Intense emotional fiction. I've written 75 novels of suspense, women's fiction and romance. Some clean, some sensual, some hard hitting. The one thing they ALL have in common is the emotional intensity. I write from the heart. To the heart.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm in the middle of a six-month cyber tour, celebrating six releases this year. In June I have a Bestselling Author collection with Heather Graham: Strangers in Paradise/Sheltered In His Arms. Then in July I have an audio book release of Sheltered in His Arms. Also in July is book 9 in the Where Secrets Are Safe series, The Promise He Made Her. And in August, the first book in a new series, Family Secrets, releases from Harlequin Heartwarming. That books is called For Love or Money. The second book in that series, Her Soldier's Baby, releases in November.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Music has always been a HUGE part of my life and not inspires my writing, but it helps me write. I grew up with a musician father. I would fall asleep at night to him playing piano. Music took me to my dreams then, and music helps me go down in to 'get' the stories that are waiting to be told. Sometimes I have to go through many albums before I find the music that takes me into a story. Sometimes, I go right to a piece of music and it clicks. I generally listen to one CD for an entire book. If the music is emotionally evocative, it takes me to a story.
What's your day job like?
My day job is writing. I've been career published, supporting myself with my Harlequin career, for more than 20 years. Typically I'm up early. I shower, dress as though I was going to work, make-up, hair, everything. I leave the house, also as though going to work. I get a diet coke, and I come home and go immediately to my office. The first hour or so I spend on the business of writing, PR, interviews, email, etc. Then I turn on the music for whatever book I'm writing and start typing. I'm a really fast typist and 20 pages is a normal day for me. I've done up to 60 in a day, but it was my most grueling work day ever and I would be quite happy never to have to do it again. I often take a break to go out to lunch with my husband. And I also often cook in between scenes, because I love to cook and the physical artistic expression often aids in word flow. I am generally at my computer 12 hours a day. Sometimes less, often more when I am on deadline. I also quite typically work 7 days a week, though some weekend days I work fewer hours.
Are you an introvert or extrovert?
Introvert. I can talk a long mile, but only in small groups. Even when I'm with family, if there is a large group of us, I tend to head off to the sidelines. Or just listen. Conversely, I have a degree in English Education and do fine giving workshops or teaching.
What's your best vacation experience?
I went to Italy - my first time in Europe - with a female friend of mine. I planned the whole trip from the internet, flew to Rome, rented a car, and spent ten days driving around Italy. I was the only driver and sometimes I can't believe I dared to try. I'm so so glad I did. It was life changing in many many ways. First and foremost, that trip showed me that though I am little, I am stronger than I ever knew. Strong enough to keep myself safe. It also showed me more beauty than I'd ever imagined. I most definitely want to go back.
Thanks for coming and visiting with us.
Thank you so much for inviting me to spend this time with you!!