Current Release: The CEO And The Cowboy
Describe your current release in two sentences?
One man is unsure of what he wants, the other is certain. Can two confused and heart wounded men find happiness together?
Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment is really focused around "have laptop, will travel." I sometimes work in an office within my husband's company, surrounding myself with "things" that make me happy. I have a collection of elderly couples (I'm a gerontologist my degree), one of my current art quilts, a couple of unique lamps I made with my sister, and my collection of fanciful cows (for the short story romances I write about Blossom the cow), and whole lot of just stuff.
When I write in other environments, it is just me and my laptop. I can work in Panera Bread, Barnes & Noble's Cafe, the Botanica Gardens, an airport, a beach, or just about anywhere.
What are you working on?
I am always working on multiple projects for my various publishers. Currently I am preparing to start the sequel to The CEO And The Cowboy, which is tentatively titled Ruby, The Cowboy, And The CEO.
What do you feel blessed with?
I feel blessed just to be alive. Each day is a special gift and I try to enjoy life as best I can. I have a wonderful, supportive husband (who, of course, thinks he is the model/muse for each of my heroes). I have a treasured daughter who is not only my good friend and frequent traveling partner but also who I call when I have messed up my computer, my iPad, or my iPhone. And I have a bunch of family and friends that I can't imagine not having in my life.
What was your childhood ambition?
Growing up I bounced around from one adult goal to another. I wanted to design clothes, be an architect, teach elementary kids, or live in outer space somewhere. My dad loved science fiction and followed the advancement of our space exploration efforts diligently. I even bought him a star for one of his birthdays. Now that I'm grown up I still haven't quite figured out what I want to be...other than an author.
What is your favorite TV show?
I like a lot of TV shows, mainly to do with crime in some manner. And I like shows with strong characters that have depth to them, characters that I want to watch as their lives develop. Some of my favorites include Rizzoli and Isles, Bones, Common Law, Hawaii Five O, and NCSI: Los Angeles.
What career fields have you worked in?
Since I have never quite figured out what I wanted to do when I grew up, I have done all sorts of work. I sold Avon (not my best thing), was a legal secretary, worked with my husband's accounting firm, and worked at our local Senior Services.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I travel a lot during the year and more so during the summer. I have already spent two weeks in Virginia/North Carolina going kayaking and messing around. And I am going to France in September for two weeks with my travel pal, my daughter.
How was your road to publication?
My road to publication was a winding one, taking lots of wrong turns...much the same way as when I take a driving vacation. Originally I wanted to try the traditional method of publishing with a house like Harlequin/Silhouette. That became too frustrating and the process takes too long for my patience. So I decided to try self-publishing with my first book, Tug of Love. The experience was just okay, although I am again doing that with some women's fiction type stories for those over 55 that I'm writing under my real name.
Currently I am very happy writing with several ebook/online publishers, like Decadent Publishing, Blushing Books, Black Velvet Seductions, and Red Rose Publishing.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
If I could time travel, I would bounce around from time to time and place to place. I love learning new things about places and times I have read about. I've always dreamed about going to Scotland and England, which I have done and was not disappointed. I wanted to experience what a castle was like and I have been inside of a number of them now. But I would like to be inside a castle and its village for maybe a week back during when such a place's life was active. I like my comforts (air conditioning, soft mattress) enough to know I wouldn't want to have the experience for much longer than a week.
I want to thank my readers who have followed the advancement of my writing career and my many stories. And I want to thank new readers who decide to try one or two or more of my books.
I also want to thank the many, many authors I have read over the years and continue following. And I enjoy reading new authors and watching their talents grow.
Please watch for my next book from Decadent Publishing tentatively titled Ruby, the Cowboy and the CEO.