To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
Thank you for having me! I continued my Hex series with Jazz's witchy friend, Stasi Romanov, who lives in the touristy mountain town Moonstone lake with fellow witch Blair Fitzpatrick who stars in the fourth book coming out later this year. I'm also working on a YA urban fantasy. Writing keeps me out of mischief.
Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
I've been published for 28 years and written a variety of romances from traditional to humorous and action/adventure, romantic suspense and my favorite paranoramal. I'm a born and bred Californian, married with a spoiled rotten Chihuahua/Yorkie. Bogie is featured as Stasi's dog. I also have an equally spoiled Yellow Nape Amazon and tortoise. We also have a house ghost I named Frank who tends to pick up things, keep them for awhile then replace them exactly where they had been.
If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
That's a toughie. I've been told that Jazz is the most like me and I have to admit I wouldn't mind being her for a day as long as I didn't have to deal with Dweezil.
Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Wicked By Any Other Name has a back-story based on the Salem Witch Trials. I visited Salem years ago when my husband was based in Boston and I was always fascinated with the sorrow that came from that time. When I began writing I knew the time would come when I'd use that and this book was perfect for it.
Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Stasi Romanov owns a lingerie boutique where you can also pick up your favorite romance novels. If there's something she enjoys, it's fostering romance in people's lives. Except now her life is turned upside down when she's sued by a mortal for fraud with the claim her enchanted sachet didn't bring the woman's cheating husband back. Trevor Barnes, the wizard attorney representing the mortal woman, never loses a case, but after meeting Stasi, he wouldn't mind losing the case if it gave him a chance with the saucy witch. Except Cupid's now played a trick on Stasi. Both she and Trev have red hearts over their heads, meaning they've now met their soul mates, even if both disagree on that point. The town they love is also turning against them in a violent way and the lake that's always centered the witches is showing signs of malevolent activity. Stasi lived in Salem during the Witch Trials and she fears the past has come back to haunt her. The question is who's behind it and if she can find the source before it's too late. Jazz, Nick, Irma and Fluff and Puff show up to help her and Blair.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm working on a YA urban fantasy along with another Hex book.
What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
I did a lot of research into the Salem Witch Trials to make sure the information I used was accurate. Historical research is always fun for me!
What would you like to tell your readers?
That I hope they all enjoy Stasi's story as much as they've enjoyed Jazz's.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
No, I don't. I have friends where we'll bounce ideas off each other but no true critiquing.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Blair's book, Hex in High Heels, comes out in October 2009 and pretty much takes up where Stasi's book left off. Except she's after sexy carpenter Jake Harrison, who has some secrets of his own and the two witches also have to deal with someone wanting to take over the entire mountain. Fluff and Puff also have some mischief there that's a little unique.
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
We all know that times are tougher now, but we authors hope you won't forget us and manage to buy a book now and then. Losing ourselves in a good book is a nice way to have a mini vacation.