In what genre do you prefer to write and why?
I love historicals for their ability to transport me to another time. I don’t do paranormal or fantasy, so historical romance is my way to visit a different world. I love learning about the clothes, food, social restrictions and everything about their lives. And then I remind myself how lucky I am that I don’t have to wear a corset.
Have you ever been to Ireland, Scotland, Wales etc? Tell us about this trip and what you came away with afterwards.
An American friend of mine married a Brit a few years ago. The wedding was held in a 12th century chapel in Somerset so I spent a few days at a ‘country estate’ there. Most amazing house ever, even though it smelled of soot and there were no elevators. Then my husband, two daughters, and I took a week to travel around Scotland and visited as many castles as we could squeeze into the time we had. We spent one night at Dalhousie Castle in Bonnyrig, and took a midnight ghost tour through the darkened halls. And we had a falconry lesson. I’d go back to Scotland in a heartbeat!
If you could be transported back in time for a day, when and where would you want to go?
This may sound odd, but I’d go back to December 7th, 1941. I’m working on a WW2 story, and I’d like to comprehend the emotions of the American population on that day, when their entire world changed. Or, on a more romantic note, I’d go back to the day my parents got married. They passed away when I was fairly young and I’d like to witness their joy as their married life was just beginning.
What historical person would you want to meet and why? What question would you want answered?
So many choices! If I have to pick one, I’d say James V of Scotland (1538) because history offers such contradictory information about him. And he happens to play a central role in my current WIP! If I got to choose another, I’d say Cleopatra. I’d love to see what all that fuss was about.
If you could have any super hero power, what would it be?
When I was little, I longed to be Samantha Stevens from Bewitched. I wanted all her powers, even though they never seemed to work out very well for her! Now I’d have to say I’d like the ability to “know” stuff without going through the struggle of learning it. Like, I wish I instantly understood everything about my computer and its programs, Facebook, Twitter, et cetera because trying to figure out every upgrade and variable wastes time and makes me irritable!