Wednesday, December 23, 2009
The Scoop on THE RIGHT Books
Tell us a little about the heroine in the first book. Where did the idea for her character come from? The opening of the story almost had me falling out of my chair with laughter, I could so relate to the heroine's plight. Do your own personal experiences sometimes find their way into the pages, or do your heroines ever experience similar situations to your own?
Daisy in ‘Perfect Timing’ is my typical heroine. All subsequent ones have a touch of Daisy though I think she was based on Flick – in the very first romance I wrote. I like tall, awkward women. I AM a tall, awkward woman. Yes, my own experiences often find their way into my stories. The start of ‘Finding the Right One’ is almost entirely true. So awful that my editor asked me to tone it down because it made Imo, the heroine, look bad. But yes, I did break a bed, yes, I did scratch a marble floor, yes, I did chase a poor Greek guy with a metal bar (it’s a lamp in the story). I have had a disaster in a tanning booth as in ‘Digging Deeper’. I did brush my father’s ashes off my hands and coat with a disgusted look on my face – oohhh. I nearly drowned in a parasailing accident. I’ve had swimming costumes change size in a pool. Etc etc But all the sex is made up.
Oops, sorry husband of mine, not true of course. He’s my inspiration.
Think I got away with that?
We'll be posting a history of your book release dates and titles soon, but can you tell us in what order you wrote your novels? Was the order they were released quite different from the order of their creation?
Yes – in places.
Unnatural Selection – suspense - not published – and never will be!!!!!
La Heroica - suspense - not published
Chosen – suspense – not published
Crossing the Line – suspense – not published
Doing the Right Thing
The Consolation Prize
Anna in the Middle
Falling for you
Power of Love
Lightning in a bottle
Lucy in the Sky
Finding the Right One
I think I have that right.
Anything else you'd like to say about your current or upcoming novels?
I’m working on Remember Me? – title might change if someone already has it – for Loose-ID. It’s a ménage to match ‘The Misfits’. I’m currently about half way through. I don’t plot before I write so that causes me problems down the line. I’m constantly having to write my way out of black holes. BUT I have come up with an idea for a paranormal for Ellora’s Cave which will be my next project.
Thank you, Barbara, for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions.
Just a few more weeks until the world will get to read the *new* DOING THE RIGHT THING, and even more exciting, you won't have to wait a whole year to read the continuing story in FINDING THE RIGHT ONE. Don't miss them!