The setting of my house, The Talcott House, inspires me. We face Long Island Sound; sunrises flood into our bedroom; North winds shake the hundred plus year old timbers; crashing waves frequent our dreams. Many people have fallen in love in this house. Their stories haunt me.
Tell me about your current book or project!
The Talcott House (TheTalcottHouse.com) is a romantic thriller. Ophelia meets Stuart on a riverboat in Cambodia. Both hurting from previous failed relationships, their immediate passionate attachment surprises them both. He takes her back to his mansion, the Talcott House on the shores of Connecticut, where his four young daughters and a mysterious housekeeper eventually threaten Ophelia’s very existence.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does she do that is so special?
Despite her recent divorce, Ophelia is still hopeful and wise rather than bitter. She is braver than she is pretty, sexual and athletic rather than glamorous. Despite setbacks and threats, she is determined to win over Stuart’s daughters and thus his heart.
Which actress could you see playing the lead character from your book?
Sandra Bullock or Claire Danes.
What made you decide that you wanted to write in this genre?
I love books that make my heart beat faster: love stories, adventure novels, thrillers, anything that makes me want to keep turning the pages.
Is there a certain type of scene that's harder for you to write than others?
The hardest part for me is the gestation process. Often I ponder over a novel and its plot for many months before I start writing. Once I start writing a book it’s almost effortless. The characters wake me up at night, walking and talking and demanding that their scenes be written down. My fingers on the keyboard can’t keep up with them! The labor of birthing a book possesses me and just won’t let go. And that imperative is a joy.
What do you think makes a good story?
Sex, suspense and characters that you care about.
What books have most influenced your life?
Wuthering Heights for its wild romantic passion; Pride and Prejudice for its wit and dialogue; Much Science Fiction for its wonderful ability to inspire a suspension of disbelief.
What can we expect from you in the future?
SHE is a sequel to The Talcott House; Keith Publications has it in the pipeline. I am almost finished writing another Novel, The Four Absolutes, which is about a girl coming of age within the confines of a religious cult.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Many of us have stories to tell. Not all of us have perseverance. Most people’s first novels don’t get published. Mine didn’t. I kept writing anyway and saved only the best rejection letters. I tell writers, start off small. Write for your local paper; keep your targets manageable. And along the way, after a few published articles, get yourself an agent.