Q. What inspires your writing?
A. My desire to tell stories. I've always had stories in my head, and being able to write them down and share them with other people is an amazing gift.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A. I get really excited when the characters I'm writing about say or do something unexpected, something that leads me down a different path. There's nothing like the rush of uncovering another layer of the person you're writing about.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. It's a lonely job – you sit at a desk by yourself every day, staring at a blank screen. I have a group of friends who are writers, and we get together often, but it's a very different work environment than I had as a veterinarian, where I was interacting with people and their pets all day long.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I'd go back to working full-time as a veterinarian. Even though I'm now a full-time author, I've always loved my job as a vet.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. A surprise around every corner.
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. I'd have to say Mary Stewart's Moonspinners. It was the first 'adult' book and the first romantic suspense book I read. It was love at first read. I expanded quickly to all things romance, from the Regency romances of Georgette Heyer to gothic romance to historical romance. But The Moonspinners was the one that started it all.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. I write about strong, independent women. I think I'm a strong woman. I'm definitely an independent one! And I truly believe in happily-ever-after. My husband is the love of my life.
Q. What character from all of your books are you most like?
A. Probably Lizzy, the heroine from Find Me. She loves her dog, and they have a very special bond. I've always been crazy about animals
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. Helen MacInnes's book Decision at Delphi, which I read a long time ago as a teen. I fell in love with Greece in that book. One of these days I'll get there – for longer than a weekend, I hope!
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. There are things I love about all four seasons. But I'd have to say my favorite is summer. I love the heat, love being able to sit on my patio with my husband in the evening after I've finished working. And I love the beautiful garden my husband has created in our backyard.
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. For my Donovan Family series, I wanted my book covers to reflect something about Chicago, a city I love, and also make sure readers knew it was a romance. I think my fabulous cover designer, Tammy Seidick, did both really well. And she also made sure that the covers signaled that it was a series.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I was having lunch with a group of friends at a conference, and people began talking about tattoos. Before I knew it, several of them took off to find a tattoo parlor. Two of them actually got tattoos. I smile every time I think about that afternoon.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. I’m working on the eighth book in the Donovan Family series. This one focuses on secondary characters from Trust Me.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my interview and support the Mrs. Mommy Booknerd blog. For me as a writer, it's all about my readers. I love to hear from them, letting me know what they like about my books, as well as what they don't like. And I love hearing which characters' stories they want me to write next!