Current Release: Trouble Me, The Rosewood Trilogy Book 3
Describe your current release in two sentences?
The youngest and wildest of the Radcliffe sisters, Jade is the last to return home to her family’s sprawling Virginia horse farm and its unsettling memories. She never planned on a night of passion with a stranger before starting her new life as a teacher and riding instructor—or the shock of recognizing the man who gave her so much pleasure standing in her classroom.
Please describe your writing environment.
Although I dream of a sublime office with a sweeping view of the sea (think Diane Keaton's in 'Something's Gotta Give') I actually work at our dining room table with a cup of coffee at my elbow and our dog lying patiently by my feet. There's not much of a view so I try to create one in my writing.
What are you working on?
Now that Trouble Me, the last book in my Rosewood Trilogy is finished, I've started a new trilogy. It's called the Silver Creek Series and is set on a working guest ranch in California. The ranch is populated by horses and cattle and some really fine looking men in chaps and cowboy hats. And there may be some pesky goats, too.
Book One tells the story of Tess Casari. From Queens, New York, Tess is a city girl through and through. She’s also a widow and she’s come to the Silver Creek Ranch to escape a bitter secret and unhappy memories. Determined to make a new life for herself, she’s vowed never to fall in love again and leave herself vulnerable to heartbreak. Ward Knowles, the eldest son of the family that owns and runs Silver Creek, has made much the same promise…
What do you feel blessed with?
The best of friends, a wonderful family, good health, and a sense of humor.
What was your childhood ambition?
I wanted to be Jacques Cousteau. I also wanted to be George Morris (only horsey people are going to get that one). I also wanted to be a race car driver. Now I want to be Buck Brannaman (see the movie 'Buck' for that one) with a good bit of Nora Roberts thrown in.
What is your favorite TV show?
House MD (though I've missed the last season). I'm a huge Hugh Laurie fan.
What career fields have you worked in?
I've worked in museum education and have taught art and art history as well as French. I now teach college English.
Where do you want to travel?
I'd love to go to New Zealand and Australia and South America.
How do you mesh your personal and professional life?
When my children were younger, I made a much greater effort to keep my writing life separate from my personal one. At this point in my career I have to guard against having my writing take over the rest of my life. I truly enjoy having different things in my life that offer new experiences and get me out from behind the computer.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I'm going to California for the Romance Writers of America national conference. Afterwards I'm staying on and traveling around the state. I can't wait!
Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why
Dawn, preferably on the beach. There's nothing like the promise of a new day.
What is the one thing you do not want to live without?
What has been the best way for you to engage readers?
Face to face encounters with readers are definitely the best! It's great to meet people and hear their stories. I also have some readers who correspond with me regularly via email. What started out as simple exchanges has grown over time. Now we have real friendships.
What is the best thing about being an author?
Not having to get dressed up to go to work.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Renaissance Italy. It was such a great period. I'd love to see the art that was being created freshly painted on the walls of the churches and monasteries or hanging in the palaces. Because naturally if I were able to time travel, I'd also be able to waltz into any place that tempted me.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. I'd definitely like to hang out with Gandalf or Treebeard.
Thanks so much for having me and letting me promote Trouble Me, Book Three in the Rosewood Trilogy. It's been great writing about these characters and I hope readers will come to love them as much as I do.