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 (back when the title was secretary), office assistant, tutor, bank teller, retail employee…basically anything that kept a roof over my head and helped put me through college. I did not enjoy cleaning bird cages because the birds kept trying to kill me.
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 Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
What do you do in your spare time?
I research and work on my stories. I normally enjoy long walks with my husband, but we can’t do that right now because of Covid-19. So I’m writing, reading and cooking a lot. Stay safe and be well!
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, reading about historical women, traveling (and I hope to be able to get on an airplane someday soon) and hanging out with husband (I love him a lot!!).