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Why do you write in your genre? What draws you to it?
I’ve always written romances in one form or another because IMO that genre gives me the greatest opportunity to examine human characterization. I majored in sociology (which with $5 will get me a cup of coffee) and minored in psychology. People fascinate me, especially when they’re in stressful situations and/or falling in love. I don’t believe anything makes us more vulnerable than exposing our hearts to another human being. When we’re in our teens and just figuring out this romance business, I don’t believe we can comprehend how totally a romantic relationship impacts our lives.
What research is required?
Even though I’ve written at least 60 books, I’m still trying to figure out what makes people act the way they do. As an example, right now I’m researching a minor character for a planned series. He deliberately sets fires and I need to understand why he does what he does and what, if any, emotional reaction he gets from his act. Fortunately, I have two good friends who are psychologists. They’re used to me picking their brains. I also do Google research about personality types and enjoy watching and trying to figure people out.
Name one thing you learned from your hero/heroine.
To answer this question, I’ll make it clear I’m talking about His Montana Rescue, one of the books in my Montana Lakeside series. My heroine is a forest ranger who nearly lost her life last summer while fighting a forest fire. I learned that although she has mostly recovered physically, the emotional healing will take a long time. Her fear of fires prompts her to insist that the hero, a building contractor, obey all fire restrictions and takes her concerns seriously. I didn’t realize it would be so hard for her to reveal her vulnerabilities.
Do you have any odd or interesting writing quirks, habits or superstitions?
Not really. What I have is an addiction to Facebook which gets in the way of getting the words written.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
A bit of both. I usually know how the story is going to end but the journey often confuses me. Years ago when I wrote for Harlequin, a detailed synopsis was required. Hopefully from that experience I learned how to at least subconsciously plot.
Look to your right – what’s sitting there?
My 16 year old Jack Russell terrier. Actually she isn’t sitting, she’s curled up on a hairy throw pillow.
Anything new coming up from you? What?
Under a pen name I wrote many erotic romances and have gotten the rights back to a number of them. I’m working to republish them but I’m also deep into preparation for the series with the fire setter in it. They’ll be romances but not light since I want my characters to have to put their lives together after a fire destroys part of their town.
Do you have a question for our readers?
Yes, I do. I have a three book romantic suspense series called Feral Justice that’s in the process of coming out with a British publisher. The publisher has set the ebook price at over $6.00. Do you believe that’s too much?
Rey Bowen is not the only one at Lake Serene with secrets and a desire to reboot his seriously derailed life. Meeting Echo reminds him that life can sparkle with joy and laughter and passion, but can he show the cautious Echo how to love again even as he struggles to trust his own heart?
Enjoy an Excerpt:
“Ranger Echo Rose,” a rumbling voice said.
Taking it slow, she turned in the direction the words came from.
Rey Bowen was looking at her, or rather looking down at her. He wasn’t a giant of a man, just a shade over six feet, but that didn’t stop her from remembering she was at least seven inches shorter and only one hundred twenty pounds. For reasons she was careful not to examine too closely, she’d told herself the breadth of his chest and width of his shoulders were responsible for her unsettling reaction to him.
What was she thinking? Hadn’t she learned, painfully, to keep emotional distance between herself and men? She had, darn it. She’d never drop her guard.
Until she’d done in her ankle, she’d spent much of her time around physical people, most of them men. She still was around more men than women, but in recent months she'd mostly rubbed shoulders with people who spent their days behind desks.
Despite how she'd been forced to earn her living since last summer, she believed she still understood the physical male. When he was around women he was trying to impress, the breed carried himself as if he was a bull elk, strutting a bit, hard muscles pushing against too-tight T-shirts, and gazes giving out bedroom vibes.
Rey did none of those things. Instead, it was as if he’d built an emotional wall around himself. The reason was none of her business, darn it. She had enough to do dealing with her own life.
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