1. Conflict is integral to the success of a novel. How do you decide the central conflict for your books?
I always start each book with what my character what (their external goal) and what they are afraid of (their internal journey for the book). Then I make sure that for the hero and heroine they conflict. It allows for a lot of natural tension.
2. Do you have a "life's short so eat the icing" list of your own? Why or why not, and, if you do, can you share something that's on it?
I do! I love living my life by eating the icing first. One of my dreams was to go to The Big Sheep, an amusement park based around sheep (I know, sounds crazy, but I love animals) So when I had the chance to go to England a few years back, I booked a flight and left a week later. The Big Sheep was one of my favorite memories, and inspired Woolimina in A Taste of Sugar. The next trip on my list is to go to China and see the red pandas.
3. How important do you think the cover of a novel is? How involved are you in the cover design for your books?
I think it is important to let the reader know what kind of book they are investing in. And my input varied from publisher to publisher.
4. In what ways do you think readers will relate to Kennedy and Luke?
Kennedy is a woman overcoming heartbreak and looking for a fresh start, a place where she can make a home. And Luke is a man trying to overcome the loss of his father, and stuck between doing right by his dad and doing right by the woman he’s fallen in love with.
5. Who is your all-time favorite Book Boyfriend and why?
Mr. Darcy, there is just something sexy about a British chap who is so driven by love he is willing to do anything to have her.