What inspired you to
become a writer? I’ve always loved the written word and have been an avid
reader for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I thought I would be an
English teacher or writer. However, for the longest time, my life seemed to
take me in a different direction. I married, moved, and took the opportunities
that came to me. That eventually led to my being a financial advisor for a
number of years. A couple of days before my 36th birthday, I woke
up and found myself staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. How had I gotten myself to
this place where I was doing exactly opposite of what my interests or strengths
were? How could I change my course so that I didn’t end up a sixty-year old
regretting my life? I went to my husband and told him how I was feeling and
what I was thinking and – to his credit – he didn’t laugh me out of the room.
Instead, we came up with a plan, including a number of measurable goals to hit
in the next year. After a year of working towards those goals, whic…
What inspired you to
become a writer?
I’ve always been somewhat of a writer, whether by writing
poems and short stories, filling a journal, or torturing teachers who chose
essay questions. But about ten or so years ago, I spent a little time
soul-searching and decided I wanted to pursue writing more seriously. I wanted
to write novels. I began taking writing classes and eventually I started
writing more than flash fiction and short stories. I discovered my characters
had a lot to say when I began writing novel length fiction. Who are your favorite
romance characters (besides your own)?
My favorite romance characters are old school. Romeo and
Juliet (I think I was one of the only kids in the eighth grade excited about
the assignment) and Rhett and Scarlett. Tell me what inspired
The usual question I hear (like most authors) is, “Where do
you get your ideas?” My answer is often, everywhere
since it’s a challenge to explain how a story brews in my brain and the
Clark Stevens has always had a way with women, but his
teenage daughter despises him. When his
daughter comes to live with him fulltime, he enlists co-worker, Julie Wahl, to
coach him on parenting skills.
As a single mom and paralegal, Julie, has successfully
balanced family, work and swing dancing. After heartbreak on the dance floor,
the last thing Julie needs is an office romance. But she can hardly say no to a colleague in
need, especially one with dark brown eyes and a killer grin.
Since Ladies Man is as much about raising teens as swing
dancing, I’d recommend pairing it with Cincinnati-style chili which features
two ingredients favored by kids, ground beef and spaghetti. My version is cheap
and quick which are key factors when cooking for ravenous teens.
1 pkg chili seasoning
1 pound ground beef
1 can tomato sauce
16 oz spaghetti
Optional toppings: chopped onion,
diced tomato, shredded cheddar cheese.
Cook spaghetti according to
package directions while browning ground beef.