What are some ways that you like to relax?
Our favorite thing is watching TV in front of the fireplace, eating after dinner fruit. We watch British mystery series or old black and white movies. I also love to work in my garden.
What author/s do you think are overlooked in the writing/reading world today?
Sally Wright with her excellent Ben Reese Mysteries and Dolores Gordon-Smith’s Jack Haldean series.
What author would you most like to meet and why?
Jane Austen. She was my first literary love as a teenager and hasn’t been surpassed today. Because of her leading me to my love of English literature I became an English teacher and then a writer. My next book in my "Elizabeth & Richard" romantic suspense series is A Jane Austen Encounter. My research trip for this book is to all the Jane Austen sites in Bath, Hampshire and Kent. That’s as close as one can come to meeting Jane in this life—apart from reading her wonderful books.
Do you have any upcoming projects that you would like to share with readers?
An Unholy Communion, Book Three in my "Monastery Murders", will be released in early 2013. In the meantime I’m finishing up A Tincture of Murder, book 4 in The Lord Danvers series. Then it will be on to A Jane Austen Encounter for the "Elizabeth & Richard Mysteries". After that, another "Monastery Murder." I try to keep my series rolling.
What is something about yourself that would come as a surprise to many people?
I was a terrible tomboy when growing up. I could outrun and out-yell all the boys in the neighborhood. My daughter, who is constantly exhausted trying to keep up with her two small daughters, finds this a great comfort when I tell her that my father used to call me his “Little ball of fire.” Now all I ask is a quiet corner where I can read a novel and drink a cup of tea. A rose garden is preferred in the summer, a cozy fire in the winter.