Boo! Trick or Treat? What costume are you wearing?
PJs, flip-flops, ratty T-shirt. I am going as “an author.”
What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?
Probably around 15, when I could no longer get by as a princess and had to start contemplating whether I could walk the streets in Barbie heels. Favorite candy? Tried to get to the lady across the street early enough for her coveted candy apples. (She only gave out a few, to selected neighbor kids.) If didn’t manage that (‘cause mom sometimes took hours working on the face make-up) chocolate. The bigger and gooier the better. Snickers! Baby Ruths! (Mom would always toss out the candy corn and loose licorice in the little paper bags.) Gum was also a major coup. Blow Pops? Bingo!
How do you feel about “fun-sized?”
Yeah, you know. Whoever first said “size doesn’t matter” wasn’t talking about Halloween.
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us?
Lonely young witch, Veronica Hardwicke, has struggled to get on with her life after the death of the elderly husband who’d left her a fortune and a sprawling estate in mystical Sleepy Hollow. When frightening things go bump in the night on a stormy Fourth of July, who better to call than the sexy developer and contractor, Sean Jones, who’s been renovating her mansion for months?
Sean may grace the tabloid pages with a different supermodel on his arm every night, but it’s Veronica who drives him nuts. Ignoring his instinct to stay away, he answers her summons.
Will the thundering passion of their 1Night Stand tear down the barriers between them?
How much do you write at night?
Pretty much nothing.
I have a demanding day job and when I get home, I just want to do the couch potato thing.
Do you have any creepy rituals?
I like to visit Sleepy Hollow (where Thunder and Lighting both are set) this time of year and pick up T-shirts and other Sleepy Hollow souvenirs and swag. When my first erotic paranormal, Sleepy Hollow Dreams, came out (also around Halloween!) I went to Sleepy Hollow Cemetery and took some pictures there. (There is a major HOT love scene set in the cemetery!) Bought a great T-shirt (I’m wearing it now, as a matter of fact: I Lost My Head in Sleepy Hollow, with a picture of the Headless Horseman holding his pumpkin head. This year’s T-shirt: Midnight in Sleepy Hollow.
What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
Everything! There is nothing I don’t like about Halloween. Oh. Wait. One thing: Not crazy about when teenagers come to your door to trick or treat and they haven’t even bothered with a costume at all. Not even a scrap of make-up. I mean, really, how hard is it to put a hat on or paint a black eye or some whiskers on your face? You can take a lipstick and draw some squiggles of blood on your cheeks for heaven’s sake! Seems to send the message, “I’m above dressing up, and I know I’m too old to still be doing this, but I want free candy!”
Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)
Not so much. Not the campfire scary kind. The Patrick Swayze/Demi Moore Ghost kind. The Ghostbusters kind. You know, funny or romantic. Not horrifying!
What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?
Halloween, of course! Yes, and thanks for asking: Sleepy Hollow Dreams, my erotic paranormal from The Wild Rose Press. Available wherever e-books are sold!
Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?
My favorite is always the one I’m writing. (Although I have one that I love that is completely finished but has never been published. It is the book of my heart and its hero is the hero of my heart.) Although I do love Adam from Healing Hearts, Ryck from Sleepy Hollow Dreams, Campbell Jones from Lightning and Sean Jones from Thunder. It’s always about how much I love the hero!
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
Plotting. Keeping on keeping on. Developing a heroine who can hold her own.
How would you describe your writing style?
Metaphors ‘r’ us!
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Read everything you can, especially in the genre you want to write and learn your craft, including basic grammar. It may not be enough to have a great story, if you cannot string a sentence together. An editor or agent won’t struggle through the quagmire to find that great plot you’ve got buried. Stay at it and listen to suggestions from writers above your pay grade. If several readers tell you the same thing, you may want to pay attention!
Is there anything you’d want your readers and friends to know about you?
Of course. But then I’d have to kill them.
What else are you working on right now?
I’m working on a new 1Night Stand story for Decadent Publishing. I’m calling this one FROST!
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?
Will give away ebook of reader’s choice from my backlist and swag