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Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?
My grandparents met working for the OSS in WWII. They were both such a separate part of America-- my grandmother was an Italian American, modeling on her way through college when the war started. My grandfather was French/Native American, working on his father's farm in Idaho, until he enlisted. Both of them were very different, very smart, very strong people-- but boy, were they different. When I read (and promptly lost) the story about bells being played at Times square on New Years Eve during the war, I thought about their war stories, and of the things they had done. I knew that somehow, I'd like to incorporate something of them in what I was writing, even if the two characters I wrote about were very different.
What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?
I like readers to expect… people. They may love my people or hate them--but there should be a time early on in the book when they forget they're reading about a character and start thinking about a person. I know that even my most loathed heroes are loathed like someone would loathe an ex-boyfriend, and my most beloved heroes are loved like family. I take writing personally, and I make my people… personal.
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?
That I could write "restrained". Two gay men during WWII wouldn't just grope and go on with their lives. That wasn't the time or the people. There would be a terrible, subdued dance during courtship--I'm so embarrassingly up front myself, I didn't think I could write people like Walter and Nate.
How long does it take you to write a book?
That depends on the length, and the research! I can write between 50-60K a month, but many of my stories are much longer than that. Beneath the Stain which just released was around 170K, so that was 3 1/2 months. The Bells of Times Square was only 60-70K, but I had to research everything, and still worry that I didn't get it right, so it took me nearly 2 1/2 months.
Describe your workspace.
Right now? It's absolute chaos. I work at my kitchen table and right now I can see this morning's coffee cup, an empty box of graham crackers, two bowls of stuffed animals (you read that right) my cell phone charging, a scanner/copier, scarves thrown over the chair, and a dog bed next to my office chair.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?
I rarely get it in my fiction. My beginning, middle, and end are almost always plotted when I sit down to write. If I get stuck, I jump time in the manuscript to the next logical place, and that's usually where it needs to be.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
Well, for Riptide, I have The Deep of the Sound coming out from the Blue Water Bay series, and that's really exciting! Other projects I have this year include Black John, which is the fourth in the Johnnies series, a cute little novella for a multi-author anthology, and a book called Immortal which is possibly one of the best things I've ever written. It's first person fantasy, in the tradition of Truth in the Dark, but it's not nearly as happy.