Author Revealed

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Crazy, fun, loving, busy

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Who we love and who loves us is far more important than what we do.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Contentment with all one has. I think the happiest people live in the now and find joy in the moment. It's the old saying that life is a journey and so many of us keep waiting for that destination.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Something bad happening to someone I love.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The mall... Okay--I'm kidding on that one. Somewhere warm and sunny because as I type this it's about 30 degrees and we haven't seen the sun in 10 days. So somewhere warm and sunny with people I love and someone else doing the cooking!

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Interesting...amazing...significant...matter, as in "does that matter." Oh, I recently finished a book where apparently everyone tilted their head over and over again!

Q. What do you regret most?

A. I don't believe in regrets.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to draw or paint.

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Personal shopper.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. As all my friends are writers, I have learned to never, ever list favorites. I left someone out once, by accident, and I'm still hearing about it!

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Don't give up!

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. I love your characters--they're so real.

Q. How did you come to write Sunset Bay?

A. I am, I confess, a serious reality TV junkie. One of my favorites is Project Runway. All that talent, to be able to create something beautiful from nothing. I knew those designers inspired me, but I couldn't figure out how to fit it in a book. I am, by nature, totally lacking in any "craft" ability. One day I was thinking about why people do what they do. About decisions and consequences, and about how much I love the Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Santa Monica, California. (I was driving to Starbucks at the time--I get many of my best ideas on the way to or from my morning latte fix.) Suddenly Megan, my heroine popped into my head. She'd made seemingly smart choices, only everything in her life had fallen spectacularly apart. I knew I wanted her to have an insane family, because they're my favorite kind to write about. And I want her to have to deal with lost dreams.



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