Welcome to my realm and thank you for coming up here and talk a bit about your new novel; Haunting Beauty. I’d say, get comfy, grab a drink and talk the talk *grin*
Haunting Beauty, the novel:
In HAUNTING BEAUTY, I explored a personal fascination with time and the idea that the past is not set in stone. Mistakes can be un-made, heartache can be transformed into triumph . . . but at what cost? If the past is an elaborate puzzle with interchangeable pieces, when one is altered, how do the others still fit? And how could you be sure that what changed didn’t make everything worse?
Wow, great question. For me it is always the people. I have to love the hero and relate to the heroine. I have to want them to fall in love. Beyond that, it can be anything from regency to erotica—the rest is just icing. The cake is the part I care about.
Writing THE END, ha ha. Writing is a very personal experience and sometimes it’s a journey with fine hotels and room service and other times it’s a broken down wreck that leaves you stranded in the desert without food or water. There are days when I love what I do and others where I find myself googling psychiatric care for a cure. On the love days, it’s being able to capture the movie playing in my head and translate it into the perfect words on the page. On the worst, it’s feeling like my movie is a pirated copy with chunks missing and everyone is speaking a foreign language.
HAUNTING BEAUTY’S heroine is Danni Smith and the hero is Sean Ballagh. I fall in love with every hero I write, but there was something about Sean that still has me sighing over him. It’s more than the tall, dark and handsome thing—although Sean is definitely all that. I guess it’s Sean’s personal struggle to be a good man that completely captured my heart. He wants to do the right thing, but for Sean, nothing is ever easy and doing the right thing means facing a reality that could destroy him.
HAUNTING BEAUTY is set on a fictitious island off the southern coast of Ireland and the research I did on Ireland was both rewarding and challenging. I’ve yet to make it to Ireland in person, so I had to rely on books to give me the information I needed. Ireland has thousands of years of history, and this made it very daunting.
Wow, another great question. In factual terms, I learned that New Grange in Ireland is thought to be older than Stonehenge. I had no idea.
Hmmm, I think forge ahead is all that can be done. I’ve had a lot of rough patches in the years I’ve been writing and during those times I could only look inside and ask myself, “what are the options? Quit or go on.” I’ve never managed to quit, so I go on.
Read. I am the quintessential book worm. I love to read and my family is always whining that I’ve either got my nose in someone else’s book or in my own. I love movies too.
Pride and Prejudice, which I’ve read countless times. Latest buy? There were four in the one purchase: ENCHANTING THE BEAST, Kathryne Kennedy, (wonderful), THE MADNESS OF LORD IAN MACKENZIE, Jennifer Ashley (amazing), EVE OF DESTRUCTION, SJ Day, (terrific) and OBJECT OF DESIRE, Calista Fox (dynamite).
Oh yes. Actually, I have about 5. But one of my favorites is when Sean realizes why has really come to see Danni:
Why was he here? Why was he here?
It made perfect sense and yet the why of it eluded him. He stood there, staring into those thunderous gray eyes and the only explanation was wrapped around his heart, bound so tight he couldn’t separate it and analyze it.
HAUNTING WARRIOR is next, book two in the Haunting Series. This is Rory’s (Danni’s brother in HAUNTING BEAUTY) story. It took an amazing man to get me over Sean and Rory is every bit that.
I received my first note from a reader who had already found HAUNTING BEAUTY in the bookstore and read it. She loved it. Made my whole week.
2. Last movie you watched?
Revolutionary Road and Harry Potter. Revolutionary Road was not my favorite to say the least and a part of me is convinced that I must not have understood it. Regardless, it depressed the hell out of me though I’m a big Leo fan. Harry Potter was wonderful and I can’t wait to see the next one.
My neighbors and friends, Howie and Julie. We went to dinner and then came back to our house.
Argh, I don’t know. I’m not a picky eater and I generally love everything. My favorite treat is popcorn and peanut M&Ms mixed together.
Sheesh, you’re asking some hard ones. Of the places I’ve been, I have to say Mexico. I love the laid back atmosphere and the margaritas.
Time. Always time. I work full time, write and have a family. I never have enough time.
8. What's your favorite band?
Brad Paisley. The man is a poet.
9. Where do you want to live?
Despite the heat (I’m in Arizona where it’s blistering), I’m pretty happy where I am. Would love vacation homes all over the world, though, ha ha.
Bring it on home, by Little Big Town. The lyrics are so beautiful.