So you've had the journey of MANHUNT with you for a while, what is your favorite part about releasing it into the world?
It took me three years to go from writing this book, having it win two awards, and then nothing for a long time before finally getting it published. Note to aspiring writers - Never Give Up, Never Surrender! I think my favorite part is the wonderful feedback I have received from people who've read it. Their comments always make me smile, and I like thinking that in some small way my story made their day a little bit brighter.
Tell me what your perfect writing day is like!
I'm a night owl, so my best writing usually takes place after I get the kids and hubby to sleep and things are quiet. I'll make a pot of tea or have a glass of wine, put on some music and just type. I used to outline how I wanted the story arc to go before I started writing, but it never ended up the way I outlined. It always took on a life of its own. MANHUNT was certainly that way, and I love how it turned out. Now I tend to just let the story take me where it wants to go.
How do people react when they find out you are an author?I'm a soccer mom on the PTO board with a background in wildlife biology who used to work for Disney. Needless to say, it always surprises people when they find out I have a romance novelist alter-ego.
What is your favorite romantic song that corresponds to your new book?
"What About Now" by Daughtry, definitely.
What are some of the most important risks you've ever taken?I dropped out of college and took on three jobs to put my husband (then fiancé) through school. Everyone thought I was crazy at the time, but true love won out. It turned out to be a risk well worth taking. He's now a rocket scientist, literally, and a wonderful husband and father. I'd go through hell and high water before I let my own daughter do something so stupid, but it worked out for me.