About the Author
Canadian born and bred, and a lifelong dreamer, I began writing at an early age and can’t recall a time when I wasn’t creating in some artistic form. My life has had several on-going love affairs that shape much of what I write, the American West, Victorian England, cowboys, a passion for pirates, Greek Gods, and Ancient Egypt. The other endless love affairs in my life are Italia and Romania, with all their magic, beauty, and dazzling culture. That passion spills into all aspects of my life, and into the projects I’m working on. A visit to my website will show the diversity of what is currently available, and the mixing of genres and styles that will be employed in many current, and up-coming projects as well. To stay up to date with all these projects, or to just say hello, please feel free to email me anytime, there’s a contact link on the main menu. I promise I will do my best to answer everyone, though it may take a day or two, so please be patient!
What inspires you to write romance books?
I try very hard to maintain an optimistic view of humanity, despite the lack of empathy many show. It’s my honest belief that if you don’t try to remain positive, you will ultimately become bitter and isolated. I’d rather hold only my hope for love, than believe in a world where it just doesn’t matter. When the end of a life comes, it is the love we’ve given and received that is the true measure of our wealth and success in this life. Idealistic, perhaps, but rather that than cynicism. It’s a mindset that seems very suited to the genre of romance fiction.
Tell us about how you write:
It depends so much on what I’m working on, really. If I’m doing a novel, I definitely plot and outline in great detail. That’s true of shorter works, too – but less detailed outlines. I still, even on a short story, have at least a one page point outline as a guide. I find if I know where the story is supposed to be going, I can get there smoothly and without great deviations.
I outline mostly on paper, notebook and pen is always nearby, and I find it relaxing at the end of a day to sit and plan new stories. Music in the background, usually instrumental, a cup of tea, and my notebook… The outlines can contain everything from bits of snappy dialogue, to style, to basic action descriptions. Whatever comes to mind that feels like it needs to be noted.
Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Rarely. I make them listen to me, mostly. Once we understand each other, they tend to behave better and I can get on with the story. My characters are usually alive and fleshed out before I ever write a word on their story, so it’s mostly a very pleasant relationship. *lol*
What advice would you give other writers?
First off, and this is a no brainer, but READ before you submit anything. Each publisher has guidelines and one of the biggest complaints I hear from them is the lack of attention paid to their guidelines. Some have told me that authors actually send them links to their work, expecting acquisitions to go looking for their material. You have to behave like a professional if you want to be treated like one. That’s true in ANY genre. For Romance – you really need to READ the genre and love the intricacies and possibilities of building a relationship and exploring how people fall in love and behave toward each other. It’s a mating dance with words, and it really needs to touch your readers, or they’ll move on quickly. So, read, and read…
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first book was published as the result of winning a contest. I just continued to publish from that point onward. I’ve only self-published a couple of titles, and it’s not really for me. I wrote fan fiction for almost 20 years before deciding to go for a pro career. While not a huge success, I enjoy the every changing world of publishing for the most part, and have met some truly amazing people as a result of it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Oddly, I think the future of publishing is positive and hopeful. There’s always going to be a hunger for good books, and once fads come and go, what always remains is solid storytelling. Electronic publishing has made it easier, but in the end I think traditional and electronic will find a balance that complements each other. It won’t happen quickly, but I do believe it will happen.
What genres do you write?
Romance, Fantasy, mainstream, erotic, historical, paranormal, mystery
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print