I’ve been submerged in a migraine for over a week now, but I’ve managed to surface long enough to introduce myself to you all…in the dark (it’s the middle of the night as I write this). When I finally kick this thing, you’ll see me around the blog a lot more. But for now, here’s a little bit about me to ease the wait.
1. What was the first romance novel you ever read?
I don’t remember exactly the first romance novel I read, but I do remember the first one I liked. It was The Heir by Grace Burrowes (which shows you how long I’ve been reading romance!). I was home on medical leave (a story for another time) and had discovered a wealth of e-books for under a dollar to help me pass the time. A lot of them were in the You Get What You Pay For category, but The Heir was a good story, very well written, with characters I liked. As with potato chips, one is never enough, so I kept reading romance. I guess you could say that Grace Burrowes was my gateway author 😉
2. Your house is on fire–which five romance novels do you grab on your way out?
Can one of my five be my Kindle? If so I’m set! But I suppose the spirit of the question is meant to get me to delineate five favorites, so I’ll give it a try. Slightly Married by Mary Balogh is a must, as is The Soldier by Grace Burrowes. I have a soft spot in my heart for warriors, especially the wounded kind, and both Aidan Bedwyn and Devlin St. Just fit the bill. The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn comes too, for Anthony Bridgerton is a wounded soul, and he meets his match in Kate, who I adore. A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh is one I’ve read several times—lots of things going on, lots of emotion, but it never seems hurried or crowded. I aspire to write a book like that, and I love reading it. I think my last pick is going to be The Dragon and the Rose by Roberta Gellis, not because I love it so much (it was published in 1980 and reflect the style of the time), but because it’s the only book I can find about Henry Tudor and Elizabeth of York that actually captures a bit of them on a personal level, yet still sticks to the known facts of the day. Underdog heroes are also a favorite of mine, and who was a bigger underdog in history than Henry at Bosworth?
3. What is your secret passion?
I suppose that depends on what “secret” means. There are many things the reading public doesn’t know about me yet, but my family does. Does that count? Okay, then let’s talk Law & Order. Yes, the TV show, in all its incarnations. The original was my favorite, until they discontinued it. I discovered Law & Order: UK on BBC America a couple of years ago and fell in love again…til the cable channels changed, and I didn’t get BBC American anymore! SVU is good, Criminal Intent is okay, and I tried to like Los Angeles…but, as the TNT commercials used to say “the original is the best”. I still watch reruns when they’re on, even though I’ve seen them all. Detective Logan and Executive ADA Mike Cutter are my favorites. Any guesses as to why? 😉
4. Why do you write romance?
I write romance for the same reason I read it—to remember that there really is such a thing as Happily Ever After. Sometimes it feels like Life is conspiring with Fate (or something else entirely) to keep you juggling problem after problem, and that’s true in romance novels, too. But in the books, everything works out in the end…and that’s what I keep working toward.
5. Is there anything in your book that comes from personal experience?
The book I’m working on is a Regency, so there are a lot of things in it I could never experience first hand. Waltzing with a handsome duke, for example J But emotion is universal, and a lot of what my characters express comes from various parts of my life. My heroine, Kate, is a Smart Girl who doesn’t fit with the “in” crowd…or anyone else. And that’s pretty much the story of my adolescent years. John, Lord Wrexham is my hero, and he is basically a control freak. He has the power, money, and authority to order his world the way he wants it, and, because of events in his past, he doesn’t handle surprise very well. That’s a little bit me, though ten years of teaching high schoolers have just about cured me of it. I can—to borrow a hockey phrase—change on the fly pretty well, but I’m still a planner at heart.
6. What is your favorite kind of tea, and how do you drink it?
I’m not really a tea drinker. And that whooshing sound you just heard was all my English ancestors gasping simultaneously 🙂 I have discovered that mint tea is nice when I don’t feel well, but the only kind I truly like is Tazo Organic Apple Red. It’s got a little caramel flavoring in it, and it sweet enough on it’s own that I don’t have to add anything at all. Then, of course, they stopped making it! So now I guess I’m looking for a new favorite tea. Decaff only, please. Any suggestions?