The fantastic Margaret Ethridge invited me to this blog hop. Please stop by and check out her answers to these questions, too: http://margaretethridge.com/ and visit Karen Stivali who started the hop http://karenstivali.com/
1. What are you working on?
As usual, I’m working on two books right now. What started out as women’s fiction has become a contemporary romance. (Sometimes your characters tell you where they want to go. It’s usually best to follow.) Flight of Fancie is about a woman whose never left her
home. But after her fiancée, a local
doctor, abruptly calls off their wedding, Fancie Hollensby decides it’s time to
make some changes and takes flight, heading for Mississippi . The other book titled The Real Thing is about the stress Janelle
DuMonde’s (aka Jane Devereaux’s) career as an author of spicy romance novels
puts on her twenty-plus year marriage when her husband begins to feel like a
prop for her stories. New Hampshire
2. How does your work differ from others in the genre?
I think every story is unique to its author. My women’s fiction novels tend to incorporate an element or sub-plot of romance. My romance novels tend to delve deeply into the emotions and psychological workings of my heroines. (I used to work as a psychotherapist, so I can’t help myself.) The story is never just about the romance. I’m not sure if that would be considered a good difference or not, but I’m happy with the results and my readers seem to like it.
3. Why do you write what you write?
When I write women’s fiction, I love digging deeply into my character’s heart and soul as well as into her head. I enjoy stories in which strong women can risk being vulnerable and still come through with flying colors. And romance? Well, what can I say? I’m a romantic at heart. Romance is fun. I enjoy writing the attraction and battles that go on in a romantic relationship. And I enjoy getting into the male perspective and the hero’s head. Mostly I write to entertain.
4. How does your writing process work?
To say I have process makes it sound as if I’m organized. That would be a lie. Sometimes I get what sounds like a great title bouncing around in my head. I play with that until I come up with the story behind the title. Other times, I get that ‘what if’ question that spins out into a story. ‘What if a born and bred Southern girl moved to
New England?’ And then there are the times when a
character introduces herself or himself and I listen for their story. No
process. It may sound like an ADD way of writing—“Oh, look. Something shiny. I’ll
follow it.” It’s the only way I know.
(I've invited a few authors and, as soon as they respond, I'll post their blog links for you. So, check back.)