When I starting writing I thought I would eventually run out of ideas and characters. But I’m about to start my 60th book and I keep finding story ideas everywhere. The newspaper, magazines, some of the books I read (not necessarily just romance) and life in general.
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of thrillers, a bit of crime, women’s fiction and romance, biographies, social commentary and literary fiction.
What's your favorite place to read?
I love reading in bed as I have a bad back so it’s the only place I am truly comfortable. But I also like curling up in front of the fire at our beach house in winter with the dogs curled up on my lap- all three of them!
What are some of your reading pet peeves?
I don’t like back-story or information dumps. I’m probably guilty of it in earlier books so I realize it’s part of the process of learning how to write leaner and tighter. I also don’t like characters I don’t feel anything for. I want to feel something for them as soon as I meet them- just like in real life!
Do your characters stick with you after you've finished a book and if so, how do you handle it?
I get to meet them again when the copy edits come in a few weeks later so that is always nice. It’s like catching up with old friends. But usually I am so busy with the next book I have little time to spare. But occasionally when I am daydreaming I will think… I wonder how so and so are getting on? :)
How do you handle writer's block?
Writer’s block for me is a form of torture. But it usually has three sources and if I can fix one or all of them I can get going again: Character block, scene block, or setting block. Usually there is something wrong with one of these aspects of the story. Having said that, sometimes I just get tired and have to have a break. It’s amazing how a day or two off doing other things can help!
What motivates you to write your books?
I’ve always been motivated by my own desire to write which has been present since I was about four years old. But over the last couple of years quite a few readers have written to me to say how much my books have helped them through difficult times. I found that powerfully motivating- to bring the best stories I can so I can help others. For me there can be no higher calling.
Lucca Chatsfield is a notorious bad boy who has been exiled to a Mediterranean principality to help uptight and starchy Princess Charlotte plan her sister’s wedding. Lottie is incensed by the scandal attracting blow-in and is determined not to be yet another one of his conquests. Until she accidentally finds out just who Lucca Chatsfield is when the paparazzi aren’t watching…