- What is your favorite movie?
Bridget Jones’ Diary. I love it!
- If you could visit one country/city in the world, where would you go?
This is a really hard one. Maybe Petra, in Jordan.
- Would you say you have a distinct writing style?
I don’t know if it is distinct, but I pride myself on telling a fast-paced story full of friendship, love, and adventure. And always a guaranteed happy ending!
- If you haven’t always been a writer, what did you do before you were published?
I was a nautical archaeologist before I became a writer. I excavated shipwrecks all over the world, but my favorite was the A.J. Goddard, a late 19th century steamboat that was carried over the Chilkoot Pass so that it could serve during the Klondike Gold Rush.
- What is your favorite animal?
I like all animals. I currently have cats, who are awesome. But I also love mice and rabbits particularly. And rats!
- What is your biggest distractor during writing?
Everything. I like writing, but it’s hard work and mentally draining, so literally anything can distract me.
- Have you ever read a book you couldn’t finish?
- Do you think that Pluto is still a planet?
Haha. Yes, I want it to be one!
- Who is your favorite historical figure?
Boudica, the Celtic warrior queen who tried to drive the Romans from Britain. I wrote my first book, a paranormal romance called Braving Fate, about her. It takes place in present day and she’s been re-incarnated.
- If you could write about a certain time period which would it be?
The late 19th century, as steam power was becoming widespread, is the most interesting period in history in my opinion. I’m not sure if I’d write in it, though. I’d probably get bogged down in historical and technical details and bore the crap out of people.
- What is your favorite genre of books?
Urban fantasy, romance, and cozy mystery.
- If you could pick your favorite character, not your own, who would it be?
Two. Emma Hart from Annabel Chase’s Spellbound paranormal cozy mystery series and Emma Ayers from Hell’s Belles, an urban fantasy series by Alison Claire. I guess I like Emmas!
- If you made your own cocktail, what would be in it and how would you name it.
Making cocktails is one of my favorite hobbies. It would probably be a Manhattan made with Rye, Carpano Antica sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, and a dash of Maraschino liqueur. As for a name, I’d call it the Drunken Pug, even though it’s real name is a Manhattan.
- What do you do when you are writing? Do you have any music on or movies/TV?
I turn off all distractions and listen to focus music like Brain.fm.
- Where do you get your inspiration from?
My love of history and the things I learned as an archaeologist, as well as my love of telling stories about strong women who save the day. I’m a huge feminist, so being able to write stories like mine (and have people like them) is a dream come true.
- What is the funniest review you ever got?
A 1-star review of my paranormal romance boxed set, which contains 4 very sexy books. The headline of the review was “F This” and the body of the review was just “If you like reading sexually explicit books with a profuse use of the F word, then this book is for you.” I just laughed and laughed, because the reviewer was not wrong! And this is the type of bad review that is actually a good one – it warns away people who won’t like that kind of thing and draws in the ones who will. A win win!