Before we get started talking about your writing, tell us a little about yourself, where you’re from, what you do for a living (if you’re not a full-time writer) what hobbies you have, etc.
Thanks so much for inviting me to visit with you. It’s a pleasure to be here.
When I’m not writing or reading I love to take photographs and post them on my blog for my subscribers. During down time I watch movies or binge-watch TV shows on Netflix. I’m also a beach lover and divide my time between the shores of Delaware and my home in southeastern Pennsylvania. My writing schedule stays mostly the same wherever I am, and I take my laptop and cameras with me wherever I go.
1. What genre(s) do you write and why?
I write contemporary romance in all heat levels from sweet to scorching, depending on the characters and the story. A few of my books set in the modern world also have light paranormal elements. I like to think there’s a touch of magic in the world, if we know where to look, and sometimes these themes pop up in my books.
2. If you were to choose one superpower, what would it be?
To be like Superman. I’ve often said I wished the world had a real Superman to depend on.
3. Do you ever get stuck when you’re writing a book? What do you do to get “unstuck”?
Whenever I get stuck on a plot point I take a walk, a shower, or sleep on it. The answer to the problem always arrives after I’ve relaxed and rested.
4. What is your least favorite part of writing?
My least favorite is waiting for my editor to send the contract, and then her revision letter, and then wait for production to begin, and then anticipate release day. In publishing, we do lots of waiting. That’s why it’s best to start working on another book immediately after a sale, if not before, so that we’re always busy with new projects.
5. If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
If you’re a seafood lover, I’d make homemade crab cakes or seafood bisque. If beef is more to your liking, I’d make beef stew with organic meat and vegetables and a side of warm, crunchy bread with real Irish butter. Those are my family’s favorites.
6. What is your typical day like?
I’m not an especially early riser—8AM is typical for me. Coffee is first on my To-Do list, and then I do a quick check through my email in case there’s something important that can’t wait until later. I get dressed, head to my office, and write until 1PM. After lunch I write again until dinnertime. In the evenings I work on publicity and my blog. I do take time off to go to the beach or have lunch with friends, but somehow, the books always get done.
7. What is most difficult for you to write? Characters, conflict or emotions? Why?
I’m learning with each book to dig deeper into my characters’ emotions and to bring my settings to life. Authors get better with each book, if we’re doing it right.
8. How likely are the people you meet going to end up in your next book?
Funny you should ask that. I’ve used almost everyone in my family and a few of my friends’ names in my books. It’s my way of giving them a hug.
9. Tell us about your hero. Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.
Is it okay to say I love my hero, Steve Carlson? To me, he’s the perfect blend of physical and emotional strength and compassion. He has a wicked temper, but he’s level-headed enough to keep it under control—most of the time—unless someone messes with the woman he loves, Victoria Van Orr. Then, watch out. Steve battles mostly with himself and his guilty conscience over past wrongs, but more than makes up for his failings with his empathy and generous heart.
10. Tell us about your next book & when is it being published?
My novel LUXURY MODEL WIFE released September 20. Here’s a little about the story:
Antiques expert Steve Carlson must face the mistakes of his past to discover a treasure he never imagined: the heart of a vulnerable yet determined widow.
Twenty-eight-year-old Victoria Van Orr just lost everything. With the death of her billionaire husband went his mature patience and warm encouragement; and the veneer of acceptance from everyone else. His friends and colleagues now ignore Victoria, and if his son succeeds she just might be forced back to the streets upon which she was raised. But money was never her goal. All she wants is love. Real love.
Antiques expert Steve Carlson knows the value of everything. Pain and betrayal? Those he gave away–and now they’re coming back. His worst mistakes were all with one man: an old friend, the son of a father figure, now the stepchild of a beautiful young widow who wants Steve to help her auction off the family estate. To help Victoria, Steve must face his past and become a better man. To find true love, he will discover her surprisingly pure heart, vulnerable yet determined. And beyond price
Be sure to come back to read more about Adele and LUXURY MODEL WIFE, on Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Happy Reading!
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