I love the flexibility. I enjoy letting my mind wander and my imagination take over.
What genre(s) do you write?
Sweet contemporary romance.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Both. I’ll plot out the main points of my novel, but then an idea might pop into my head while I’m writing and take my story in a complete different direction.
Why do you think people should choose your books over another author?
I don’t think there should be a choice. There’s room for everyone.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Life is about second chances whether it’s in love or life in general.
How long have you been a writer?
I originally started writing over thirty years ago. Life and a career put my writing on the back burner. I started writing again when my father died. I self-published my first book in January, 2016.
How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
When I really got serious, I’d say about a year or so.
What other careers have you had?
I managed an Insurance Department for a Mortgage Company.
What books or authors have most influenced your life?
I’d have to say Katherine by Anya Seton has influenced me the most. I read it in high school and still come back to it.
How do your family and/or friends feel about your book or writing venture in general? My dad really wanted me to pursue my dream of being a published author. I promised him right before he died that I’d find a way to publish my book, and I did. I have two sisters that are supportive as well.
Where are you from?
Originally from St. Louis, MO but now I reside in Waunakee, WI.
How do you come up with the titles?
I think about the overall theme of my book, and then, I determine if there’s a way to use the title someway throughout my book.
Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I multi-task. I’m either writing or editing, and I’m always trying to come up with the plot for my next story.
When not writing, how do you relax?
I like to garden, read and scrapbook.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Madeira Beach, FL.
What kind of kid were you in school? Which social path did you take?
I went to private schools so I was a definite rule follower.
Do you have any pets?
I have a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Duncan.
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would you travel?
I’d love to travel to Bora Bora.
Do you have siblings? What was it like growing up with them?
I have two sisters. There is quite an age difference between me and my older sister. I am extremely close with my younger sister.
What was your first car?
’77 Caprice Classic
Do you have a favorite beverage that you drink when you write?
I’m boring just water or iced tea.
Have you ever felt as though you were born in the wrong era? If so what era did you belong in?
Most definitely. Give me the 1800’s and living with the Native America Indians and I’d fit right in.
What genre of books do you enjoy reading? Do you have a favorite author?
I read a wide variety of romance and non-fiction. My favorite author is hard to choose, but I’d have to say Lindsay McKenna.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
I released Life’s Second Chances which is the first book in my Show Me Series. I’ve written two more books in the Show Me series that will be released in the summer and fall of 2016. I’m also getting ready to release Never Lose Hope on May 12, 2016. Currently, I’m rewriting the book I wrote thirty years ago. I hope to release that in early 2017.
Where can readers find you?
Gabriella’s brother, Alejandro, relocates to his hometown after having lived away from family and friends since he left for college to become a renowned transplant surgeon. He’s settling into a new job, reacquainting himself with family and friends, and is learning to deal ever-so-slowly with the personal loss that forever changed his life.
When Angelina’s sister experiences a health crisis, Alejandro is there to support her and her family. And when Angelina herself experiences a personal tragedy, Alejandro is the only one to guide her through it. As love stares down at them, can Angelina help Alejandro take that second chance on love and marriage?
Angelina decided to take a break and headed to the nearest local bookstore. Her favorite mystery author had just released a new book and she wanted to start it that weekend as a reward for finishing her grades for the quarter. She also wanted to read something new, in addition to the mystery that she held in her hand. She wasn’t sure what she was looking for, and was searching the endcaps for new releases when she turned and accidentally bumped into someone, causing herself to drop her book. She looked up and was surprised to see Alejandro. “What’re you doing here?” she asked as she knelt down to pick up the book from the floor.
“I could ask you the same,” he said as he also reached for her book. “Sorry about that. I didn’t mean to scare you into dropping your book.”
“You didn’t scare me.”
“Well, I’m glad.” he said, laughing. “If you’re not in a hurry to be somewhere, would you be interested in having a coffee?”
Smiling at him, she teased, “I guess if you twisted my arm I could have one.”
Smiling broadly at her, he paused and said, “Okay, I’m twisting,” and he reached for her arm and playfully twisted it. Laughing, they headed towards the café.
The barista took their order and Alejandro graciously paid for their coffees. Angelina ordered a café mocha, while Alejandro chose a plain old cup of coffee.
“You’re not too adventurous.”
“What do you mean?”
“What can I say?” he chuckled as he led her to a table in the back of the café. They sat and talked. “Angelina, I am so glad that you and Gabriella were able to reconnect. I think she considers you a sister. She has Alec, Joe, and I, but brothers are brothers. You can’t talk ‘girl’ talk with us.”
“I consider her a sister as well. I can share things with her that I can’t share with my own sister, Kelly. I guess it’s because we’re the same age. Gabriella’s a special person. I am lucky to have her in my life.”
“I know she feels that same about you.” Alejandro took a sip of his coffee, “So, what’re your plans for the day?”
“Well, I worked on grades earlier. I got up early since my parents, Colleen, and Wyatt were heading off to Kansas City for Colleen’s field hockey game. I thought I’d take a break, and that’s how I ended up here. I’m not sure how I am going to spend the rest of the weekend. I guess take it easy.” Pointing to her book, she added, “And read.”
“Since you have no real plans outside of reading, what about having dinner with me?”