Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
I play mah jongg as much as possible. Usually, my two kids and husband require a little attention. And traveling is something I’m either doing or planning. But my love is mah jongg. The real game with actual tiles and 4 friends sitting around a table (not that silly matching game on the computer). Once a year, we go to a tournament in Atlantic City. I even made it to the final round one year. But typically we don’t stand a chance against the octogenarians who have been playing since before I’ve been born, and spend 4 days week playing because their grandkids never come for a visit.
When did you start writing?
I didn’t start until 2009. I wish I had some great story to share. Like I slipped on the icy sidewalk, and hit my head. As I came out of my coma state, I had a vision of Nora Roberts by my bedside telling me I had to write books and open my mind to the world. And no matter that my family insisted it was the overnight nurse who said I had to open my eyes and come back to the world, I stuck by my vision. But really it was just something I thought, why not? And then one book led to another.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
Google is my best friend. I stay at my tiny desk.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
I hope I haven’t had it yet. I’ve had some turning points, such as my first book published, winning a contest, reaching certain sales goals. The best was discovering my book reviewed on a French site. I had no idea what it said, but it was 4 stars and started with, “Voila.”
What is your favorite part about writing contemporary romance and what is your least favorite?
No research. Honestly, trying to decide what people wore and said a hundred years ago would take up so much of my time I wouldn’t write any words. That said, my WIP (work in progress) is set in 1948, but at least I can ask my dad. The least favorite thing? No hessian boots.