You write about New York Society in the 1850’s. What drew you to that period? My time period choice was a total fluke, and a lucky one for me. I love to read regencies, with the Cotillions and all the pomp, but my first love was American history. I recalled some of my friends from high school had been involved in the Cotillion and their coming-out balls, so I began to dig into when the tradition first made its way to the states. Turned out it was 1854 in New York City. Fortunately, that era was stuffed full of historic events, which led me to create the rest of the series.
Other than your own, who are your favorite (heroes/heroines/writers)?
Julia Quinn, of course. Love her Bridgeton series, which my series resembles in a lot of ways. I also am a huge fan of Jude Deveraux, and of course, I bow to Nora Roberts daily. Ditto for me. I love all three of them.
What is the most exciting moment, so far, in your writing career?
When I was 4 books into the series with Crimson, a new company head came on board. She decided to treat every author as if they were a new candidate and a few of the initial authors at Crimson were not given further contracts for their work. I was really nervous, since I was half-way through at this point, so I sent a note to the new person, and was offered a 5-book deal to finish out the series with them. Relief, excitement, and panic were in equal measure that day.
Any advice for new writers just starting out?
Learn your craft well. Take as many workshops as you can. If you even get only one tidbit from each, you’re ahead of the game. And your first book is your only chance to write what you want to write, since editors and agents will weigh in on future endeavors, so have fun with it.
Tell us about the final book in the series, The Forgotten Debutante
In 1863, America is war-weary. Fifteen-year-old Saffron Fitzpatrick, whose teenage years have been spent mourning the dead rather than dancing at her debutante ball, just wants to visit her beloved horse after being housebound due to the draft riots. A chance meeting with soldier Ezekiel Boone changes everything.
Three years ago, Ezekiel ran away with his older brothers to join the war effort, welcoming the chance for adventure. But when all four of his brothers die at Chancellorsville, he retreats home, despondent and depending on the kindness of strangers, like Saffron, who help him on the journey. They share a wild ride and a breathless kiss, parting with fond memories.
Fate reunites the couple three years later, and their former attraction rekindles as they discover unexpected common ground and begin to build a relationship. But though the war is over, a future together may still elude them … especially if Saffron’s older, protective brother and the U.S. Army have anything to say about it.
You so beautifully meld historical events with romance. I can't wait to read this.
What’s your current WIP?
I’m working on three books simultaneously. They’re all in different stage of development. I have a historical set in Ohio in the 1860s, which features a secondary character from the Cotillion series, although this book is in no other way related to my series. I also have a contemporary set in the Finger Lakes region of New York, and I’m working on a contemporary Christmas novella set in Ohio.
Wow! Busy Lady!
And finally, where can we find you?
Amazon page: http://amzn.to/1FOy3SdThe Forgotten Debutante comes out on April 4th. You can pre-order it on Amazon here.
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