Have you ever written under any other names?

May 17, 2017

I’ve been accused as writing as many other people, and most of those people are really good writers, so it was so gratifying! How I wish I were so prolific! But no . . . it’s just me alone writing my Shannon McKenna novels. No mystery extras.

What are your favorite books?

May 17, 2017

Well—if you mean favorite formative romance books, I would have to say that Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick/Jayne Castle, Linda Howard and Elizabeth Lowell are the three authors that made me want to become a writer. They saved my bacon when I was in my twenties, lost and drifting and more or less penniless. I would hang out in bookstores and read those authors’ romances straight through while standing right there in the aisles, just to get that endorphin hit so I could make it through my day.

I wanted to pay it forward, give that magic back. I feel like I’ve succeeded when I get one of those wonderful letters from a reader saying that I helped her through her mastectomy or helped her through a terrible divorce, or whatever. That makes me happy and proud. I’m so grateful to those writers and many others for performing that mood-lifting sorcery for me over the years! It’s true magic. I’m delighted to deal professionally in magic. It’s what I dreamed of as a kid. I just never dreamed that it would be such hard work.

Then there are favorite all-time books from my childhood. Anne Of Green Gables, the entire series by L.M. Montgomery, Tolkien’s Lord Of The Rings trilogy, and Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, hands down. I re-read those books all the time. They make me cry every time.

Why are you so flipping slow?

May 17, 2017

Well, let me first just say that I wish for the sake of all you lovable readers who have responded with such warmth and enthusiasm to my books that I could shower more of them upon your heads right now! I swear, I’m not being coy. I just have a cumbersome process that involves a lot of handwriting. I keep trying to upgrade myself, but nothing seems to work like a juicy black ballpoint pen, a nice, slippery, leaky one. My scribbling chair is covered with ink-stains and so are my favorite jeans. I do keep trying to speed this process up, though, because there are so many stories that I want to write!

I take your impatience as the compliment that it truly is. It energizes me. So thanks.