Tuesday, November 03, 2009
I’m hoping for more books! I have several proposals in development, and I’d love to sign with an agent soon.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’m a single mom. Rachel is 22 and with her disabilities needs constant care. I have three caregivers who help out (Phyllis, Marti, and Kim) who are also like family to me. Field of Danger is dedicated to Phyllis.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I read more romance! I’ve always read it, but now I read more kinds. I love regencies and other historicals, as well as other romantic suspense authors.
What are you working on right now?
The sequel to Field of Danger. It’s called House of Secrets and is due out next summer.
What outside interests do you have?
I love the outdoors, mostly scuba diving and hiking. I also go to a lot of plays and movies.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
They sort of choose me, in the same way the plots do. I get ideas from everyday events, and by the time to plot evolves so has the setting. For me, they are intertwined. For instance, Field of Danger came from weekly trips to Phyllis’s house. She lives in a farming community, and the story came together from a whole bunch of different tales that had risen from that small town.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Ooh, that’s like choosing a needle from the haystack. There are many I admire, but if I had to choose one, I’d probably pick Alexandre Dumas. I truly love his novels, his prolific output, and his humor.
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How hard it is to stay focused on one story. I have so many ideas, that I find it hard to focus on the hard work of writing when so many others are waiting to be born.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience, perseverance, and managing fear. He’s really working on me with those!
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Network and persevere. There’s a lot of about the publishing business that can be learned from your peers, and rejection is a fact of the business. It’s not personal, so file those rejection letters and emails away and keep working. And most of all, listen to your own voice instead of trying to copy what’s out there.
Tell us about the featured book?
Eyewitness to a murder, April Presley wants to answer Deputy Sheriff Daniel Rivers’ harrowing questions about the crime. But she can’t. She barely caught a glimpse of the crime through the deep Tennessee cornfield, and cannot recall anything to help the investigation. Or can she? Daniel Rivers is certain that April remembers more of his father’s death than she realizes. And the killer agrees. In the race to uncover April’s missing memory before the killer finds her, Daniel is the only one she can trust to keep her safe. Yet will he stay by her side when the shocking truth is unveiled?
Please give us the first page of the book.
When the shotgun went off, April Presley dropped her thermos and screamed.
Hearing her own scream scared her almost as much as the man with the gun did, and April clamped both hands over her mouth as she watched her next door neighbor, Levon Rivers, crumple in the middle of his newly plowed section of the field. Levon and his killer were almost 50 yards away, but even at that distance, April could see the blossom of red on Levon’s chest and a cold brace of fear flooded through her.
Then another screech burst around her tightly clamped hands as the killer swung around to face her, his face a blurry mask of rage. Without hesitation, he lifted the gun and fired again.
And the morning had started out so peacefully.
As usual, April had spent her morning half on business and half on enjoying the luscious garden of flowers, herbs and vegetables behind her cottage. Since moving to the tiny town of Caralinda, Tennessee, April had found solace and a kind of spiritual comfort in her gardening.
What an opening. Really grabs the reader. How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me on my website, my blog, or on Facebook and Twitter. I love visitors.
Thank you, Ramona, for spending this time with us.
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