My quick elevator speech is that I write suspense.
If I’m on—let’s say a bus, I have time to add that my suspense has sexy romantic elements, but I don’t consider my work to be romantic suspense. After all, Dean Koontz and Mary Higgins Clark often include romance, sex, and HEA, and they’re not considered romantic suspense authors.
And if I’m on a nice long plane ride, bless the person next to me! I will include that I strive to leave my readers with a socially redeeming quality. Not easy to do with murder and mayhem! In my first release, Widow’s Row, that message is that I believe prejudice is born of ignorance. With awareness we may just gain acceptance, and then just maybe, we can embrace our differences.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I credit my fourth grade teacher, Ms. Macy, for planting the seed of oh-so-many years ago. It’s only been ten years that, in a blink I went into writing full time. It certainly helped that the Master of Suspense, Sidney Sheldon, provided me with my first blurb and continued to mentor me until his passing.
Maybe time didn’t pass in that blink. After successful careers that intertwined luxury real estate sales and interior design, I found myself unhappy and suffering empty nest syndrome. My husband is passionate about business. I wanted to find my passion. Also at that time, Susan Ban Breathnach’s book, Simple Abundance, came into my life. I plunged into workshops and classes, immersed myself into facts about the publishing industry, and surrounded myself with talented and supportive people.
Is there a certain type of character you like to write about?
The nefarious, for sure! They’re devilishly delicious. And strong women with weaknesses. Strong men with weaknesses. And weak men and women with surges of great power.
Where do your ideas come from?
I’m a noticer. Or some would say I’m an eavesdropper. I hang out at coffee shops, airports and beaches. I observe and listen. With a notepad always within reach, sometimes I’ll only write down an unusual name. Or a title or a simple dialogue. Sometimes I can develop entire scenes. It also helps that I’m friends with a retired Federal Agent and a few experienced detectives. They have stories that are almost too bizarre to be true, even in fiction.
What surprising things did you learn while writing this book?
I learned that Lala Corriere had some hidden prejudices and the time had come to release them. A subplot to Widow’s Row explores the world of GRS. Gender Reassignment Surgery. Again, through awareness we can abort prejudices. And now I have lots of new friends and readers! In my next title, we’ll explore more issues where most of us tend to turn a blind eye.
Who will enjoy and benefit from reading this book?
Frankly, I’ve been surprised to learn that so many men are enjoying Widow’s Row. Welcome to Lala Land! Certainly, my debut novel will appeal to all readers of suspense. The story is set in Trinidad, Colorado and has been well received by their community. BTW, most readers aren’t aware that Trinidad, in fact, was known as the mecca for GRS, and I was fortunate enough to interview Dr. Stanley Biber and his staff. GRS persons have become fans as they search for acceptance in mainstream society. Anyone that loves twists and turns in a suspense novel will enjoy Widow’s Row as we journey from Trinidad to Washington D.C. to Mexico, with a dash of Russia tossed in!
- Widow’s Row ASIN: B004BA52QW