Please tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m a bit unconventional. I’m a HUGE college football fan (SEC), but I love Hallmark movies. My all-time favorite flower is the white rose and I’m not wild about orchids. Everything most people think they know about me is mostly wrong. I like being a contradiction. Ask any of my children who the weirdest person they know is and they’ll tell you their mom. I encourage them and all children to be themselves and we celebrate differences.
Everyone picks on me because I’m quite open about not enjoying anything historical. I blame my mother, a genealogist. LOL Seriously, I have a distinct memory of being on vacation one summer and my mother taking me to an old library. She wanted to look at some old records (who knows what exactly) and the librarian was heading out to lunch and couldn’t leave that particular room unlocked. My mother actually talked this woman into locking us IN the room so she could do her research. Did I mention I’m claustrophobic as well? lol
What was your inspiration to write the Justice Seekers Series?
If you read the papers, watch the news, or listen to the radio, you hear story after story about injustices. Social. Legal. Human. It literally breaks my heart. I had the opportunity to sit in a local federal courthouse during three different trials. In each instance, I personally found a witness or someone who came across as untruthful. I realized that in every profession, even legal and law enforcement, shortcuts can and are taken in the rush for a conviction.
How much of the story comes from personal experience?
A vast amount of everything I write is personal. In To Write A Wrong, I was able to pull much of the emotional impact of the story from events in my own life, in my own family. It’s hard to sit and watch people lie about people you love.
How much research did To Write a Wrong take?
Luckily, I had great friends who are in “the system” as parole board judges, lawyers, and law enforcement, not to mention my friends who are in the medical field and those who have spent time in prison. Every time I asked my relentless and pointed questions, they were only too happy to take the time to give me very in-depth answers and explanations. I do preliminary interviews with my sources, then keep a running list of questions that come up as I’m actually writing that I usually ask once a week or so.
Why do you choose to write in the romantic/suspense genre?
I write what I love to read…it’s funny. I get a lot of emails and snail mail from readers who love, love, love the romance aspect of my stories, then I get almost the same number of contacts from those who prefer the heavier suspense and lighter romance. I don’t ever consider a “balance” requirement-I write it as the story calls for it.