Are there any characters in your books that represent you?
I think there is a little of me in every one of my main characters. I mostly write first person, so little bits of my personality, my humor, sometimes sneaks in.
How much of the characters and story lines come from people you know and your own experiences versus your imagination?
I love taking typical news stories and twisting and turning to fit my plots. For example, in the first book in the Lucy Valentine series, set in Massachusetts, there’s a little boy missing in a local state park and psychic Lucy is determined to find him. Locally, here in the Cincinnati area, there had been a little boy missing from a park. The real story did not have a happy ending. But the mom in me made sure the fictional story did.
How do you keep your characters fresh and the plot exciting?
There’s a saying in the writing world that there are no new plots — just different ways to write them. I think that’s fairly true. For me, it’s the characters that bring a story to life, whether it’s a historical romance or a futuristic thriller. I try to write characters I care about, that I can relate to. They’re usually on the quirky side, yet they have their flaws.
Can you tell us one thing about yourself that most of your fans don’t already know?
I’m laughing again, because between my two websites, I list over 75 things that you might not know about me on my "about me" pages. Hmm. One more? If I didn’t love bacon so much I’d probably be a vegetarian.
What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
There is definitely a shift going on, but I’m not sure yet if it’s positive or negative. Time will tell for sure. Personally, I hope the two (print books and ebooks) can peacefully coexist. I love both.
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