thing you’ve written, how did you learn or know it was bad, and what did you
learn from it?
let’s narrow this down to just one piece—the original version of Dangerous
Proposal. Originally titled “Loveless Moon,” and later “Moonlight Path,”
Dangerous Proposal was the first piece I wrote with the intention of getting
published. It was also the one that gave me the most grief.
escape to North Conway, and being lured into
the woods by the witch we later come to know as Seraphina Madera. Doesn’t sound
so bad, considering this wound up becoming a great flashback later in the
story. But I was having a very, very difficult time figuring out what should be
the starting point. And I knew something was off when I started reading other
romance novels by published authors on a regular basis. (No, I wasn’t doing it
before then!) Once I started to read romance regularly, I got a much better
feel for the order in which events should be taking place.
writing and when did you decide to go professional?
I was a kid. As a child, I would use dolls to act out the stories I made up. They
“resided” in a fictitious place called “Dolltown,” similar to Genoa City
on the Young and the Restless. Only, my characters never had sex. At least not
then they didn’t…;)
choose some electives, I enrolled in creative writing in drama, and poetry. I
didn’t get the chance to take a fiction course and I regret that to this day. But
with the little bit of a background I gained from these courses and the
knowledge I acquired with practice, I decided to join my peers in a critique
group after graduation. With the choice to be writing whatever I wanted, I
gravitated toward romance like a magnet and it wasn’t long after that I decided
I wanted to get published and wasn’t stopping until I got there.
author’s books when you’re writing? If so, do you read the same genre or
is always my first priority. As far as genre goes, I will read any type of
romance, not only the one I’m writing in. This way, I feel I have a chance to
soak in the best of all worlds, inspiring me to write the best book I can.
difficult part of the entire writing process for you? Queries, pitches,
part for me. It all came down to a single piece of paper—a four paragraph
letter that was going to determine the fate of my entire 350 page manuscript. In
time, I learned that great writing shines through…even from the bottom of the
Particularly when I’m going at a piece I wrote years ago, where there is an
especially large amount of “telling” at play. It may seem easier to start the
entire piece over from scratch, going at it with a new pair of hands and eyes. But
easier isn’t always better. Remember that in moments of frustration—we all have
them, and they do eventually pass! 😉
than one genre? Which ones and which do you like the best?
notice that I have a tendency to let a taste of sub-genre slip between the
pages. My stories are not so much about occasional bloodshed as they about the
romance, and consequently I sometimes classify them as “contemporary romance”
versus “romantic suspense.” I don’t write historical, but I’ve been told my
stories have a historical feel as well.
really have a sub-genre preference, so long as the romance between hero and
heroine takes center stage, and the hero’s web of seduction heats up the pages
for hours to come 😉
listening to and reciting the books her parents would read to her at night.
When she was a little older (about four), she sought a greater challenge in her
life, and began making up stories of her own, acting them out with her dolls.
“When the dolls got “boyfriends,” she says, “I knew I was getting too old for
intrigued by dark heroes, who have many demons to conquer…but little trouble
enticing female companions into their beds! She feels that the best romances
are those where the hero is already seducing the heroine from that first point
of contact. “Isn’t it the hero’s job to seduce?” she says with a grin.
domineering hero crosses paths with a bold, feisty heroine, and uses the
combination frequently in her stories.
much80’s music as possible, watching the same re-runs of Smallville over and
over, shopping for exceptionally unique cameos, and taking long walks in nature
where she can daydream about anything romantic. Though she resides in Central
New Jersey, her heart belongs to the White Mountain
National Forest in New Hampshire.
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Blurb from Dangerous Ally:
Upon accepting a job in the home of her sister’s maniacal ex-fiancé, reporter Lilah Benson believes she has finally found the perfect way to make her mark on the world. Exposing the criminal endeavors of Lucas Ramone won’t soon be forgotten. But as she comes to know the man who was supposed to be her adversary, Lilah is tempted by a passion far stronger than the desire to see her name in print…
Power and control are tools of survival, critical in a world of thievery and deception. Lilah, an innocent in a land of criminals, may be the one person capable of bringing Lucas to his knees. But Lucas will stop at nothing to keep his empire secure.
He will have it all: His Fortune, His Legacy, and Lilah Benson in his bed…