1. If your characters could pick a food to play with in the bedroom, what would they use?
My Victorian characters Nicolas, Ellie, and Luca in Loving Leonardo spent some time in Paris. I could see them having a rich dish of chocolate ganache sent up with strawberries and champagne. It would all start innocently of course – between sips of champagne, strawberries would be dipped in chocolate. Chocolate being what it is, it would have to be licked off fingers. I can certainly see them running with that. 🙂
2. How old were you the first time you read a romance novel? Erotica?
I was 12 when I read Jane Eyre and I fell in love with the mysterious Mr. Rochester. I was 26 when I read my first Kathleen Woodiwiss and that hooked me to romance. Believe it or not, my first erotic story was my own Hermes Online!
3. What is your favorite romance genre to read? Why? (Paranormal, sci-fi, contemporary, MM, menage, etc.)
I adore historicals. I spent a good many years of my life in historical clothing as a Living History presenter. I’ve only ever read two sci-fi’s in my life and one was absolutely horrible and completely threw me off the sub-genre. You have to suspend the reader’s disbelief for this type of book. The other belongs to fellow author Michele Hart and I found it a fabulously believable tale.
4. What’s hotter for the hero: long-hair, short, or bald? Why?
I grew up in a Chicago neighborhood filled with black-haired olive-skinned men of Mediterranean descent and like a duckling, I imprinted on that standard of beauty. My husband had long hair when we met – beautiful, silky-soft, chestnut-colored hair. Oddly enough, every single hero in my books has one or the other short or long. You got me thinking about bald now. I loved Star Trek’s Jean Luc Picard too. lol
5. When is your favorite time of day to write? Where is your favorite place to write? (Morning, evening, bed, playground, etc.)
At 10 AM I kick butt. I work off my laptop at the kitchen table close to the coffee pot and accompanied by my cockatiels and dogs.
6. Bonus question! Do your characters use birth control (i.e. condoms) and if so, how do you make the mechanics of it sexy?
It’s funny how times have changed. In my life I must have read hundreds of romance novels and never, not once in all those years, did I see a condom anywhere. Directed by my publisher’s editor I had to address this in Hermes Online (and in the end I managed to skirt the issue anyway), but Dreamscape and Loving Leonardo deals with sex in Victorian times. They had condoms back then but the need just didn’t arise when I wrote their love scenes. I see the point to safe sex because we live in a germy world, but do our fantasies need condoms? Do people really read our books and go stupid because they read literary characters not using protection? I don’t think so. Every way I can think of to write it in sexy comes out lame. Rolling down a condom just isn’t sexy to me as a reader. I personally think it detracts from the scene.
7. Tell us about your latest release or what you’re working on now.
I just published Loving Leonardo, my first bisexual Polyamorous ménage set in 1897. My hero Nicolas Halstead is an art historian working for the famed Ashmolean museum and leads a somewhat normal life as of a man of means. He takes pains to hide his homosexuality from the world. One day Ellie comes to call and confronts him with it. To his incredulous disbelief she proposes marriage. It turns out she wants him to help her rescue a previously unknown work of Leonardo da Vinci – a book of love poems and erotic sketches from Leonardo to his gay lover Salai. How can Nicolas refuse? They race to Venice where the book is held by a man who has plans to destroy it for the vulgar thing he sees it as. Along the way they meet Luca and the three fall in love. While they come to redefine themselves, a man with a dark obsession comes into their lives. The story continues in the second book. I love these three so they may come back and have adventures in other novels.
Book 1 of The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo has just been released, a paranormal story inspired by a serious local urban legend. It’s steeped in Native American lore. I just finished the blurb. 🙂 Find it on Amazon.
Book 1 – Ashkewheteasu
What does an immortal Native American shaman do when the grave he’s sworn to watch over for all eternity disappears under urban development?
His purpose of guarding his wife’s burial mound gone, Ashkewheteasu seeks to end his immortal existence. In his despair, he assumes the form of a wolf and steps in front of a moving car and into the life of Dr. Olivia “Livie” Rosalini. The veterinarian saves the animal’s life, and in the process saves the man within. Unbeknownst to Livie, the dog she’s taken into her home and grows to love is a magical being seeking to win her heart as a man. While Ash is learning a new world filled with new love, friendship, and happiness, an old menace makes plans to steal it all away; just as he had 3000 years before.
I’ve been happily married to my soul mate for the past 35 years and together raised our two children on one of the prettiest places on earth in America’s upper Midwest. We share our lives with five feathered and furred loved ones, and a loving and supportive extended family as well – family we were born into, and family built with dear friends. I’ve been writing for at least twenty years but kept it all to myself after several unsuccessful attempts to send manuscripts to New York knocked the wind from my sails. In the summer of 2010 all roads converged and before I knew it I became a published author. My goal is to learn all I can about this business through five romance novels, then take that knowledge and apply it to the series I’ve been working on for the past six years. Three romance novels are in print now and two to go! After that – love stories of a different sort.