Current Release: Treasuring Theresa
Describe your current release in two sentences?
She is a country lady; he is a London swell. They have nothing in common—do they?
What have you had to give up to pursue your writing career?
I've dreamed of being a full-time writer since high school, but it seemed unlikely that it would ever pan out enough to put food on the table, so I became a teacher. As time went along, it occurred to me that life is short and I'll never get those years back, so why put off my dream any longer? So…in a manner of speaking, I suppose you can see I gave up a teaching career to become a full-time writer. And I have no regrets!
What are you working on?
I just completed 50,000 words on a Regency-set novel for November Novel Writing Month. I still have four chapters to go, and by the time it's ready to go, it'll probably be around 70,000 words. I also have two novellas that need revising—also set in the Regency era. Can you tell I love the Regency time period?
What is your ultimate writing goal?
My ultimate goal is to write stories that readers love to read. Frankly, I still feel more like a reader than a writer, and I just want to write the sort of stories I enjoy reading myself. If you approach me at a conference and tell me how much you love my stories, I'll be the happiest author there.
Do you have a comfort food? What is it?
Ice cream. I can't keep it in the house because it calls my name until I've consumed the entire container.
Keeping only healthy foods in the house helps me maintain a healthy diet. Soups and stews can be great comfort foods too!
Where is your favorite place to write?
In my basement office on a recliner with my laptop. Or, if I'm having back issues, lying down in bed with my laptop on my knees. Yes, it works!
What career fields have you worked in?
I have been a middle school and high school teacher most of my life. I also worked part-time in desktop publishing and served as editor of a newsletter for teachers in Ohio for six years.
What are your plans for the next year? Any books you are looking forward to?
I'm excited to attend the Romantic Times Convention in Kansas City as part of the Ellora's Cave contingent, and also the Romance Writers of American Convention in Atlanta. I can't wait to meet lots of readers and writers there!
Of course, I'm hoping my NANO novel and novellas come out next year, but that remains to be seen.
As a reader, I'm looking forward to Diana Gabaldon's newest Outlander installment sometime next year. I LOVE everything about Jamie and Claire!
How was your road to publication?
Surprisingly easy, so far (knock on wood). I was prepared to be rejected dozens of times and have to wait weeks and months to hear back from publishers, but this particular story was picked up by Ellora's Cave in FOUR DAYS!
You could have knocked me over with a feather. It turns out my editor is a Regency fan, and she read mine right away and loved it, and from now on, I am her devoted slave. (Did I tell you how much I love it when people love my writing?)
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Regency England, of course. Because I want to go to the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens (which no longer exist), see the circus at Astley's Amphitheater, and have an ice at Gunter's. And I'd love to peek in at Almack's and waltz with a dashing gentleman without first getting permission from the patronesses. (Have I mentioned I'm a rebel from way back?)
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
If I had a hunk like Diana Gabaldon's Jamie Fraser waiting for me, I'd brave the dangers of the 18th century to be with him. But it's clear from the Outlander books that it was a dangerous time to live, so I'm not sure I'd want to stay there without a compelling love interest. I WOULD love to peek in, though. Wouldn't everyone?
Hey, thanks for the opportunity to talk about my life and dreams and about Treasuring Theresa. I hope to meet many of you at the 2013 Romantic Times conference in Kansas City. Hint: I'll be the one in the Regency ball gown with a quiz to test your knowledge of the Regency era. With prizes of course!