1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is an incredibly beautiful place to be. I live with my husband, who is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine (think acupuncture, herbs, etc.) and our border collie and two Maine coon cats. I have two grown stepchildren and two grandchildren.
2) How long have you been writing?
I usually trace it to 1996. That was when I got serious about writing and, not coincidentally, the year of my first publication.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Yes – I have a great office in my house, with a view all the way down the Galisteo Basin to the Sandia Range. All kinds of wildlife goes by. I have a hydraulic desk that I can raise and lower, along with a treadmill that I can walk while working. These days I’m up to about 8 miles/day. Much better than sitting on my rear (which was unfortunately expanding, too)>
4) Why did you decide to write Rogue’s Possession?
Because everyone who read Rogue’s Pawn wanted to kill me for stopping where I did? LOL. Seriously, I had always planned on that story going over multiple books. Rogue and Gwynn’s relationship is just too complex to work out in a short amount of time. Writing Rogue’s Possession was just the next logical step.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
It’s hard for me to play favorites. If you force me to pick, it’s probably Rogue. In many ways, although the story is told from Gwynn’s POV and is hugely about the changes she goes through, the story centers on Rogue and whatever deep agenda he has.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Hmm…I don’t think I have a least favorite character. I think that if I found them unappealing, I’d cut them out of the story. I believe that everyone has their good sides and we’re all just doing the best we can, given what we want from life. So even my nasty or mean characters have reasons for being.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
Some of both. I correct and edit as I write, then make corrections in my first revision. Then my critique partners (CPs) have a whack at it and I revise after they see it. Then I do a final polish – mostly searching for words I tend to overuse (“now” and “just” are biggies) and mistakes I know I typically make. Then my editors give me developmental edits, then line edits, then the copy editor steps in with her edits. Last step is checking the Galley Proofs.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read and try to make time for it every day. The man and I stream or rent a lot of movies or TV series. We watch something together every night. I love to be outside in the New Mexico sunshine – reading, gardening or hiking.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Ha! Funny that I was just talking about this. My goal is to read at least one book a week and right now I’m ahead for the year. That’s a lot slower than I used to be, but I have less time for it now that I’m writing so much. (I also have a day job.) JD Robb still holds the record for keeping me addicted to her In Death Series. I love Kate Elliott, Ilona Andrews, Robin McKinley, Jacqueline Carey, Anne Patchett – really I read so many authors that I can’t list them all.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
When you listen to your own audiobooks, do you ever find yourself laughing out loud?
Yes. Yes, I do. And I wonder what that says about me. :D