Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
I proudly call the San Francisco Bay Area my home. This region is so beautiful that it has become the primary setting for my first two published novels. Like Stephen King, who sets his novels in his home state of Maine, I feel most comfortable writing about a place I not only love but with which I am familiar.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
People in my life, strangers, the news, perhaps an overheard conversation in a cafe all have the potential to inspire me. I am a rapacious people-watcher and perk up when I hear or see something “novelesque.” Also, I get many of my ideas from reading nonfiction, such as memoirs and science books. Truth is stranger and more entertaining than fiction.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
There is an early scene in the musical Moulin Rouge where Ewan McGregor’s character is pounding away on his typewriter in a Parisian garret while a troupe of bohemian performers dance in the room above him. Sad to say, that wildly idealized picture has always been my fantasy of a writer’s life.
If you could have a dinner party and invite anyone dead or alive, who would you ask?
I would kill to have been invited a real, one-of-a-kind gathering. Lake Geneva, June 1816. Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, and John Polidori were in a candlelit room together while a thunderstorm raged outside. They challenged each other to write a ghost story. Byron started reciting “Christabel” by Coleridge, which so frightened Shelley that he ran out of the room. Polidori was inspired to write the first English language vampire story called The Vampyre. And Shelley’s girlfriend, Mary? That night she came up with the beginning of a little something called Frankenstein.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?
My current editor, Orry Benavides, and I met in Facebook and were part of the same authors group. Although we have very different styles of writing, we clicked on an artistic level. So when it came time to choose an editor for Dear Adam, I trusted no one but Orry. He did a phenomenal job.
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Genre - Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG-13
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