Three Days on Mimosa Lane
by Anna DeStefano
Q: What was your inspiration for your bestselling, award-winning Seasons of the Heart series? How do the books in the series tie in together?
Believe it or not, these are my "anti-Desperate Housewives" books ;o) Hence the "Mimosa Lane" rather than "Wisteria Lane". I wanted to show what it's really like to live in a suburb of a large city like Atlanta--the heart and soul of the communities I've grown up in and around, and the lives of some...
by Tibby Armstrong
Q: This book features an established couple, Jeremy and Kit from Acting Out, a previous book in the series. What is it about that dynamic that captures your attention enough to continue their story?
Well-drawn characters are dynamic. They change in response to circumstance. I knew when I finished writing Acting Out that the fame-train was going to barrel through both Kit and Jeremy's lives, for good and for bad. Like readers, I was curious about the aftermath and what these guys and their relationship...
The Sheik Retold
by Victoria Vane and E.M. Hull
Q: Now, first up, what made you decide to re-tell this story by E.M. Hull? What inspired you?
The Sheik by E.M. Hull had been on my reading list for years, but it was only about six months ago, in discovering it free on Amazon, that I decided to finally read this highly controversial romance classic. When I finished the book, I had extremely mixed emotions. The main characters fascinated me,...
Over the Line
by Sierra Cartwright
Q: What was your inspiration for the Mastered series? Is there an overall series arc? Please tell us more about the series.
A strong, vibrant alpha male always makes my heart race. Of course, to me, part of what makes an alpha male so delicious is his manners. He's going to be relentless in who he is and going after what he wants (our heroine!), but he's always worthy of respect.
The Mastered series has six delicious...
by Chris Karlsen
Q: BYZANTINE GOLD is the second book in the series. Where did you get the inspiration for this series?
I love history (certain eras and regions). I also love the Aegean Sea and Eastern Mediterranean area. I wanted to build stories that included both. My heroine, Charlotte gets to be a nautical archaeologist who works shipwrecks in the Aegean and Mediterranean. I can live my loves through her : )
by Karen Rose Smith
Q: How did you come up with the idea for HER SISTER?
Family relationships are usually a theme in my books. I thought about everything that can disrupt a family. Losing a child has to be the worst kind of trauma. Beyond that, the not knowing if a child is alive or dead has to be soul tearing. I wanted the book to be different from suspense so I played...
by Amber Lin
Q: Let me just get this out of the way: how does it feel to be an ole' pro as a writer? The last time you were here, you were talking about your first published work. Now your second full length novel is published.
I'm not sure I'm a pro yet, but truthfully it blows my mind to have my books published. Doing something that I love, getting to share my characters with my readers, creating something out of nothing--being an author is a trip, that's for sure : )
by Ann Gimpel
Q: Thank you! : ) How did you come up with the idea for DESTINY'S SHADOW?
I've spent a great deal of my life with a pack on my back traipsing through the Sierra backcountry in every season. Those hours have been mostly "alone" time since backcountry travelers usually have their own pace. Stories always ran around in my head during backcountry trips. A few years ago, I did...
Love Gone to the Dogs
by Margaret Daley
Q: What inspired you to write LOVE GONE TO THE DOGS?
I wanted to write a story where two dogs play matchmaker. I've used matchmakers before but never of the animal variety.
by Blair McDowell
Q: First of all, SONATA depicts the romance between Sayuri and Michael, but there's also a mystery involved. What made you write a mystery? What is it about the genre that interests you?
Mysteries are among my favourite books to read. I love Donna Leon's series featuring Venetian detective, Guido Brunetti, and Andrea Camilleri's Montalbano books. But I love a good romance as well. I'm a great fan of Nora Roberts who often combines mystery and romance. I like there to be both internal...
Edge of Oblivion
by J.T. Geissinger
Q: What inspired your series Night Prowler? What is it about?
I've always loved cats, and one day a pure black stray cat wandered into my life who had this amazing ability to appear and disappear at will, as if she was vanishing into vapor. The world of the Ikati (a Zulu word for cat warrior) was inspired by this mysterious cat who looks uncannily like a miniature...
by Susana Ellis
Q: What's the inspiration for TREASURING THERESA?
I'm a city girl who was born and bred on a farm, so I can identify with both worlds. But I have many relatives who have never ventured far from rural life who think city influences are corrupting, and many city friends who think people who live in the country are ignorant hicks on a first-name basis...
Christmas on Mimosa Lane
by Anna DeStefano
Q: What was your inspiration in writing this book specifically, and a holiday romance in general?
The heroine, Mallory, grabbed my heart first--a woman who grew up homeless, only no on in her picturesque community knows about the background she's still running from.
Then came the little girl that reminds Mallory too much of herself when she was little--Polly is longing for the mother she's lost,...