I live in Roswell, Georgia, which is a northern suburb of Atlanta – about half an hour from where I grew up. I live with my husband, two sons, and an old cat named Two.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since before I can remember. I wrote a poem about a fire drill in second grade that got published in my elementary school literary magazine and it totally went to my head.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have several. I work on a laptop, so I move around. There’s a quiet corner of a favorite coffee shop, an office in my basement, and a rocking recliner in my bedroom. And I know it’s not good to write in bed, but I do that sometimes too. Also in the minivan between errands.
4) Why did you decide to write Regrets Only?
The Suzanne character was one of the fun surprises about writing The Marriage Pact. She’s Marci’s best friend, and a great character: an aristocratic and refined Southern girl, but also neurotic with a bit of a potty mouth. She goes through men faster than most people go through shampoo! In TMP, she stole the show in a couple of scenes. I was inspired to write her story, and it turned out to be so much fun.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Suzanne is wonderful, of course, as I mentioned above. But I also love Dylan Burke. He’s a famous country singer with a bit of an ego and a crazy family. He’s still a good old boy at heart, though, and he challenges Suzanne in almost every way. He brings her down to earth, which is no easy task. I also love Suzanne’s smartass assistant, Chad. And Dylan’s soft-spoken sister, Kate. Wait. I have to pick one?
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I can’t say who my least favorite character is without giving away too much of the plot! I’m sure readers will agree with me when they learn more…
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I definitely get help with that. I have beta readers who give me initial feedback, and a professional proofreader – Faith Williams – who does light copyediting and proofing for me. I revise everything several times myself before it gets to her, though!
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love spending time with my boys, hosting parties, hiking, traveling when we can, and doing Jazzercise. And reading, of course!
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read almost everything I can get my hands on. I love classics like Jane Austin; modern romances like Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones; Southern authors like William Faulkner, Katherine Anne Porter and Eudora Welty; and all kinds of genre fiction. I like some thrillers, historical fiction, fantasy, paranormal, YA, and sci-fi. Basically anything that will suck me in and hold my interest!
10) How do you measure success in your writing career?
Oprah. I want to be interviewed by Oprah.
Okay, that might be a pipe dream, so I’ll settle for just enjoying what I do, having people (other than my friends and family) read my work and some of them like it. Ideally, I’d like for my writing to help provide for my family in some meaningful financial way, too, so that I’m free to focus on writing instead of worrying about paying the bills. But mostly I want my kids to see that I had the courage to do something I loved, so that they feel free to do the same. And hopefully they won’t be too embarrassed by my writing!