Welcome Kim! Thanks for stopping by!
So, how’s your summer been so far?
Summer has been great! I just returned from a week of vacation. I’m relaxed, refreshed and full of ideas for new books.
First things first. I loved your novel “NIGHT FALLS DARKLY”. I read it two years back and I fell in love with Elena and Archer. Where did you get the inspiration for Archer? He’s a keeper. *winks*
Thanks so much! I have to agree about Archer. Of course, like all heroes crafted by romance authors, he is based on my own
personal fantasy. I’ve always loved tall, dark, handsome, mysterious and broody. Oh, and forbidden! But more specifically, he was inspired by Brad Pitt’s character (Death) in MEET JOE BLACK. No, I didn’t have Brad Pitt pictured in my mind as I wrote the book, but I loved the idea of an enigmatic male character appearing in the life of the heroine, surrounded by mystery. He can’t tell her who he is (an ancient, immortal being) or what he does (hunts and reclaims deteriorated, evil souls). He’s always honest with Elena. He answers her questions—he just doesn’t correct her when she misinterprets the information.
The Shadow Guard is an original series that started from a bang. How many novels are planned for this series?
This is a three book series, with each book based upon true crimes that took place in London during the 1888-89 timeframe. The series concludes with DARKER THAN NIGHT.
I love your take on Jack the Ripper in “NIGHT FALLS DARKLY”. Jack Ripper’s case really fascinates me. Although we have these notions on what and who he really was, no one really knows.
Only that he was a murderer, and shouldn’t be held in such high regard, although he is. It’s all about the mystery. What’s your take on the famous Jack the Ripper?
There are many theories on Jack the Ripper, and like many unsolved crimes, it drove me absolutely crazy to think that whoever committed the Ripper murders could have gotten away with them. I like to believe that justice was done, in some way, even if we don’t know what happened. I read numerous books and other sources about the Ripper murders, and the Thames Torso killings that occurred before and after them. Ultimately, none fully convinced me of the identity of the killer. Whatever happened to him, I must say, I took a great deal of satisfaction in defeating him in NIGHT FALLS DARKLY, through Archer and the Shadow Guards.
Are you a fan of horror novels or movies? If so, which ones interest you most?
I love Stephen King and Dean Koontz novels. They are “horror” novels, yes, but both are talented writers who know how to expose a reader’s fears, vulnerabilities and emotions. I cried when reading LISEY’S STORY, and ODD THOMAS. (Boo hoo! They broke my heart.)
What’s your favorite time period to read for a Historical novel? Also, what’s your favorite time period to write for a Historical Novel?
I love to read and write about the Victorian era. London during this period is especially a study in extremes – opulence, beauty and wealth contrasted against extreme poverty and crime. I loved writing a book where I could paint beautiful ballroom scenes, and then around the next turn, explore the garish and the bizarre. Others might not agree, but I found it the perfect setting for a love story.
I know you probably couldn’t begin to name all your favorite Historical Romance authors, but which authors made you fall in love with the genre?
You’re right! I couldn’t possibly name them all, and I’m terrified I’ll leave someone out, but I fell in love with the historical romance
genre as a teen reading my grandparents’ Readers Digest Condensed Books at their lake house during the summers. Authors like Victoria Holt! Later, I fell in love with stories written by Judith Ivory, Laura Kinsale and Brenda Joyce.
Are you working on anything at the moment?
I’m working on two different projects, both set in the Victorian era. One is a paranormal series, while the other is a traditional (non-paranormal) sexy historical. The projects are not yet contracted, so I can’t share too many details, but keep your fingers crossed for me.