I love historical fiction and historical romance; I’d love to dip my toe into those genres. I’m particularly fond of Regency England, thanks to Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer. I also have a background in medieval English history, and I have some ideas about stories set against the backdrop of medieval England that I’d like to write. Research, however, takes time, and my current schedule, between a full-time job and writing, doesn’t leave much time for the kind of in-depth research I’d need to do.
Has your life changed since you've become a published author? If so, how?
My life has definitely changed. For one thing, I’ve achieved a goal that I first set for myself when I was about 12 and actually wrote my first book. Also, as a published author, I’ve made new friends and connected with people all over the place, sharing a love of books and storytelling that’s important to me.
Have you ever had an embarrassing moment at a booksigning?
Oh, yes, a couple of times when absolutely no one showed up, and I had to sit there and wait until the signing time was over.
I have found that some authors listen to music while they write.
Do you listen to music or is it something that is distracting to you?
I often listen to music when I write. Love classical, particularly Baroque, but I also listen to opera and pop or rock music.
Do you belong to any writers groups and what do you feel you have gained from the social sites?
MJ: I belong to a critique group and to Mystery Writers of America. FaceBook has helped me connect with a lot of readers, plus with family and friends.