(Love in New York #1)
Publication date: December 25th 2014
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Sometimes engagement rings can get lost and then found. Sometimes people can too. All it takes is a heavy-duty dose of karma and the magic of Manhattan to make it all come together.
Leah is a financially destitute new age hippy. James is a wealthy surgeon with a trust fund. She’s awkward, he’s poised. She’s completely crazy, he’s way too sane. People might say they have nothing in common, but they’d be wrong. They both live in Manhattan, they both have no idea how to change a baby diaper, and they’re both lost … until they find one another.
1. What books/authors have most influenced your life?
Probably the most influential books were the ones I read as a child, that fed my imagination. Madeleine L’Engle was a biggie. The Narnia Chronicles. The Dragonlance series. Stuff like that. Anything that involved kids or independent loners surviving or having adventures without parental guidance. My most favorite all time book as a kid was The Boxcar Children, the first book in the series.
2. How do you develop your plots and characters?
I come up with either the plot first or the main character (usually but not always a female). If it’s the plot, then I try to imagine what character would be involved in such a thing. If it’s a character, I look at their personality and wonder what they’ll get up to, what is driving them toward what thing, and set up a first scene. Then I just kind of sit back and watch a movie in my head of that scene and that character and let them guide me.
3. You are quite prolific, how do you maintain such a punishing schedule? Do you have issues with procrastination?
I set up word count goals for each day that I’ll write. I don’t stop until I reach that required number of words. At least, I try not to. Sometimes life gets in the way. I am a HUGE procrastinator, so having that and a calendar with a strict publishing deadline is the only way I can get anything done. I am a harsh taskmaster, but I remind myself daily that it’s my readers who pay my bills, so I have to do whatever it takes to make them happy. I’m not perfect; I miss deadlines or get sick and can’t write until my sinuses clear, but when that happens, I try really really hard to work double time and make up for it.
4. Tell us about your protagonist(s)? Which one was your favorite? Which one was the hardest to write? Was there a real-life inspiration behind him or her?
My protagonists … I have so, so many now, so it’s very difficult to focus on any one. Each is important to me, some because they’re actually based on me and others because they’re based on people I know or have read about or heard about. Some are amalgams of many people, known and unknown. But in my head, they’re all real people, and if I don’t tell their story, they keep talking and talking inside there making me crazy. Writing for me is like performing an exorcism in the way it finally silences the voices. I know that sounds crazy, but that’s really what it’s like inside my warped brain. Probably the hardest protagonist to hear was Nicole in Don’t Make Me Beautiful, a victim of severe domestic violence. She was based on a real person.
5. Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
I learned how much I love NYC and want to go back there. I’d like to live there for a short time too so I could really soak up the vibe and get to know it better.
6. Is there a message in your novel that you hope readers will grasp?
A message? Not really. I just love a fun romance where people who normally would never get together do and find common ground. Kind of like the movie Pretty Woman. I’m a sucker for a Cinderella story.
7. What are your future project(s)?
I have many, many, but my ultimate goal would be to see one of my projects on a screen somewhere, film or television. Right now, I have no leads on that, but I’ll be working on it in 2016!
8. If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I’d be a normalizer like Scarlett Barnes in By Degrees (a book I wrote).
9. If you could have dinner with any fictional character, which one would it be? What would be on the menu?
Twilight’s Edward as played by Robert Pattinson, assuming he was as in love and obsessed with/by me as he was with/by Bella. What would be on the menu? Uh, me.