I’m so happy to be here today – thanks for having me! I live on the mid-Atlantic coast with my husband and our six children, ages 3-15. We’re a homeschooling family, which means I spend my days half crazed and wondering when bedtime is. I wouldn’t trade it for anything, though. :) I don’t have a “real” job, but my husband is smart enough to say there’s no way he could deal with what I do all day. Actually, my kids think I have a LOT of jobs, so I must be doing something right, lol.
2) How long have you been writing?
I started writing about four years ago…on a dare.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
My absolute favorite place is on our boat at the marina. It’s right off the ocean and utterly peaceful—all the comforts of home but without the steady interference of the never-ending to-do list. I love listening to the birds and the water lapping at the hull, and on holidays we have a great view of the local fireworks from the top deck. It’s the ultimate escape!
4) Why did you decide to write Her Wicked Sin?
OMG, the whole thing was just crazy. I was at Entangled’s Scandalous submissions page—not because I wrote historical, because I never had—but to send the submissions requirements to a friend. While there, I saw they had Salem on their wish list. I’ve always been fascinated by dark history, so I fired off an email to my editor telling her I should totally write a Salem historical. Next thing I knew, I was writing a proposal. Then I blinked and had a contract. I’m STILL shaking my head over it all!
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
It’s a tough choice, but I think Lydia (the heroine) is my favorite. The difficulties she’s faced are actually fairly common for the time, but she took chances and made decisions that make me admire her. She’s strong—much stronger than I can imagine being in her situation—and smart and resourceful.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Rebecca is the character I love to hate. I absolutely adored writing her, but she’s one nasty little thing. She lives to stir up trouble, though I suppose Lydia and Henry would have to thank her in the end, for she’s the one who “caught” them, necessitating the lie that brought them together.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I absolutely LOVE critiques and edits—no way I’d skip that step! I always read over my work before I send it off to someone and I always do a final read after all the fixes have happened, but input from others is invaluable. There’s no way to know how your words look to a reader without, well, bringing in a reader. And my editors, oh, how I love my editors. Saints, all of them!
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Boating (though writing ON the boat at the marina is amazing), hiking, walking, hanging out at the beach, or—don’t laugh—watching re-runs of The Golden Girls or Mama’s Family. I also love to cook, bake, decorate cakes, and ride around in the car. Traveling is fantastic (though not always feasible, lol), but when the kids are driving me NUTS I just love to throw them in the car and drive. (It’s legal—and required—to strap them down in the car. Doing so in the house is frowned upon. I’m just sayin’…)
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I almost have to read before I go to sleep. Since I write at night, if I don’t lose myself in another story, I’ll be up all night thinking of things to add to mine, LOL. My favorite books? I keep a steady supply of Harlequin Intrigues by my bed. I’ve read more than 200 and there have only been a couple I didn’t care for. That said, I don’t even pay attention to who the author is. I just READ.
10) What’s next for the Sins of Salem series?
Readers will find the series isn’t *about* the Salem witch trials, but rather co-exists alongside them. Within the stories readers will see how the threats and hysteria affected everyday decisions of those who experienced them firsthand. In this regard, Her Wicked Sin takes place when the first accusations and arrests occur, and you’ll find the characters don’t really understand the implications of being accused. The second story takes place at the height of the hysteria, where the threat of being accused of witchcraft causes them to make decisions they wouldn’t otherwise have made. The third book represents a time of reflection and healing, wherein love grows from a time of immense sacrifice and forgiveness. The rest of the series should be available from Entangled Scandalous in 2014.
YOU GUYS! I’d like to thank you all for hanging out with me today! If you’d like to check out HER WICKED SIN, you’ll find a smexy excerpt at Entangled and buy links @ Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iTunes | Goodreads. And if you like haunted asylums, my supernatural novella RUBY HILL is now available from Entangled Publishing for just 99 cents. Go scare yourself up a copy!
PS: I'm probably hiking with grizzly bears as you read this, so bear (ha!) with me if I don't respond immediately to your comments. I do look forward to your replies--and I have been promised nightly wifi--so if I'm not mauled, eaten, or otherwise incapacitated, I will SO come back for you! J
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