Do you have a favorite character in A Kiss for Cade? Why?
An author ‘gives birth’ to all of his book characters. Often my most favorite might be a secondary character. In A Kiss for Cade my favorite one to breathe life into happens to be Cade. I felt I knew him personally, and indentified with his longings for love and close family.
How much research did A Kiss for Cade take?
There are two types of historical novels. One that couldn’t take place without a factual event, and the other is that the story could take place any time, but the book is set in a certain period. I write the latter. My stories could take place anywhere or anytime, but I choose the old west setting.
Is this a series? If so, what is the name of the series?
The Western Sky series. The books are not connecting stories, but they’re set in the west.
What are some of the challenges you face as an author?
The single most challenge is summer months. I want to be outside, vacationing, playing with grandchildren, but work waits.
What aspects of being a writer do you enjoy the most?
Going to conferences, meeting and talking with editors and fans, and most especially, meeting up with other authors. We laugh, cry and have a wonderful time together.
What is your writing style? (Do you outline? Write “by-the-seat-of-your-pants? Or somewhere in-between?)
I start with a basic idea of where I’m going. Plot line, two main characters, and the conflict. As the writing progresses the procedure changes and I switch into the ‘writing by the seat of my pants mode’. Often I end up either writing the first three chapters last (by then I know the characters) or completely rewriting the beginning of the story.