Why do you write romance?
I love reading romance novels and women’s fiction with a happily ever after. I’m a fairy-tale type of girl. When it came time to pen my own novels, I naturally gravitated towards romantic stories with happy endings.
What are some of the jobs you’ve had?
This is a fun walk down memory lane. Birdcage cleaner, house cleaner, restaurant waitress and hostess, gym clerk, secretary, office assistant, tutor, bank teller, retail employee…basically anything that kept a roof over my head and helped put me through college. Today, I have a corporate job by day and pen my romance novels by night.
What’s your favorite city?
Paris. Someday I’m going to live there. I don’t know how or when, but I will.
What historical genre do you write in?
I write women’s fiction set during the Cold War era. I love doing the research as it affords me to read, read, read. However, I’m also a Habsburg fiend and am constantly reading books about the Habsburg royals and their empire.
I think it began with Sisi (Empress Elizabeth of Austria). It started with the Sisi trilogy during my childhood in Germany. I guess I never grew out of watching the movies and still watch the film series every Christmas.
Do you have a favorite book about Sisi?
Yes, I highly recommend The Reluctant Empress by Brigitte Hamann.
What’s your favorite novel?
It’s a tie between Jane Austen’s Persuasion and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
What do you do in your spare time?
I research and work on my stories. I also enjoy long walks with my wonderful husband.
What are some of your favorite things?
I love books and writing about books, a really good cup of tea, jewelry, books about jewelry, visiting museums, traveling and hanging out with husband (I love him a lot!!).