How do you develop a mental picture of your characters?
Sometimes I have an image already in my mind then I look for a name that fits that description. I recently started to look for pictures on the Internet so I can refer back to it when I’m writing about that character. It’s funny but for GEORGIE ON HIS MIND I had a clear image of Georgie with long ringlets of strawberry blonde hair like Nicole Kidman used to have in that movie Malice and that stuck.
Has an editor annihilated your absolutely favorite line in your book? Did you take it meekly or fight for your words?
My editor at Avalon didn’t want to annihilate a line but a whole scene! She went on to say how funny it was but the way it was written just didn’t fit the “family friendly” standards of Avalon. It was a scene where the heroine mistakes the hero as a condom thief. I was going to completely change it to hemorrhoid cream and really dreaded making the changes. But then my husband looked at me and said, “If you were a real writer, you would be able to make it work as is.” WHAT?! Those were fighting words so I did manage to keep it to condoms, made some really small changes, and both me and my editor were very happy in the end. So I did stick to my guns then.
Do you have a favorite social network?
My favorite social network changes with my mood—and my time. When I joined Facebook, I couldn’t get enough. Then a few months later, Twitter was becoming more and more fun to me. Now I’ve kind of gotten a renewed love of blogging again.
What's on your bucket list?
Going to the Kentucky Derby is on my bucket list! I don’t know why, but that is just something I’m dying to experience. I want to drink a mint julep and wear a one of those huge fancy hats. Last time I was in NYC I saw a beautiful purple hat for $425 that would be perfect! (I didn’t buy the hat, but hopefully someday…)
So what's a poor particularly attractive girl to do in a situation like this? The only thing she can do: find him a woman!
He'll thank her for it in the end. That is, if his best friend Walt Somers would stop interfering with her plans. The handsome pharmacist has made no secret that he doesn't approve of what she's up to. Unfortunately, having Walt hanging around does strange things to her mind, and suddenly she can't help but take a healthy interest in him. But how can Georgie entertain thoughts of the two of them together when Walt still treats her like his best friend's little sister?