1. Which three people (famous or otherwise) would you most like to invite to a dinner party?
Robert Downy Jr. , Kevin Costner and Jimmy Fallon
2. Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My honeyman. His steadfast love and belief in me along with his view of life, has always made me feel the world is place of possibility and potential..
And as odd as it may sound, my mother-in-law. She sees life and people through special lens, always seeing the beauty. She taught me to look for the best in people and to count blessings rather than bemoaning whatever hardships befall me.
3.How would your best friend describe you?
Hmmm, that’s a good question and honestly I had to text her for the answer. “Someone who’s always there to listen, whose love is genuine, who makes me laugh even when I’m crying and someone who knows no boundaries and wears me out with just hearing about her daily routine.”
4.How do you handle criticism?
If it’s honest, it doesn’t bother me. I’ve been an artist all my life and there’s not an artist alive who doesn’t suffer criticism. Regardless of whether your critic can do it, there will always be one telling you how you did it wrong.
If it’s criticism that is just offered in the spirit of meanness then it (a) disappoints me and (b) pisses me off that I’m wasting my time on someone who’s only goal is to tear me down. We all know those people are out there. They will have nothing to say about your actual story, but will say you’re trash, can’t write your way out of a paper bag and no one should waste their money on your books. And their reviews will clearly show that (a) they haven’t bought your book, (b) were not given your book so (c) didn’t read your book, but (d) feel the need to tear you down.
Which takes me back to being pissed off that I wasted any time at all on a person like that.
5. What three things do you need to be successful in this industry?
1. Be able to tell a good story.
2. Be able to market/ promote your books
3. Genuinely love what you do and the people who read your books.
6.What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
Determination. I have my dad in me and his motto in life “I may give out but I won’t give up.
Imagination. Loyalty. Devotion. The capacity for love.
I want to do everything and there’s never enough time.
I tend to spoil the people I love which is bad for my bank account.
Gadgets – electronic gadgets. Gah!
7. What type of writing environment do you prefer?
Just someplace I am comfortable. Sometimes my office, sometimes the patio, or maybe my chill room or the family room or the bar in the kitchen. Doesn’t really matter when I am in the zone.
8. What was the first romance you read that stuck with you and why?
First romance…. I don’t know if this qualifies, but Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susanne. I remember finding it in my mama’s beauty salon when I was in the fifth grade. I guess a customer had left it behind as they often did when they finished reading a book.
I always walked to my mom’s shop after school and I remember the cover of that book – all those pills. It really made me curious. What did a bunch of pills have to do with dolls?
Well, I obviously found out as I dove into Neely, Jennifer and Anne’s stories. Wow, this wasn’t anything like life as I knew it in my small town. These people were miserable, and no matter if they succeeded in what they were doing, they couldn’t find a way to be happy.
That book bothered me for a long time and probably was instrumental in helping me decide what I wanted most in life. To be happy.
9.Other than writing, what do you like doing in your spare time?
Well, let’s see … being with my honeyman, spending time with family, doing artwork, reading, riding one of my bikes (I have a new bike love called a Halfbike), working out, swimming, working in the yard, talking with friends and lying in the pool watching the wind blow the Spanish moss and the clouds float by.
10. What is the title of the last book you wrote? Tell us how you relate to one of the characters.
The last book I wrote is Playing for Keeps, which releases in August 31st. I relate to the character Cade Beckett. He’s enjoyed enormous success in his career and had a host of beautiful lovers and then one day realizes that what he wants more than riches, fame or success is to have a home and be happy. Now, I’m not a millionaire, or a household name, but I am a person who recognizes the real wealth of life and that’s to love and be loved, to have a home and family.
And to be blessed by being able to write.
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