What inspired you to become a writer?
Several things have inspired me to write, but the first time I really decided I’d be a writer was when I read Little Women. My mother and I would read it together. It was her favorite book; she wanted me to love it as much as she did. Well, she was right about my attachment to the book. I loved the March girls, especially Jo. I read that book and thought I was Jo March.
These days, I write historical fiction and contemporary romance, and I approach them differently. Historical romance/fiction requires a lot of research. I started to write historical fiction after my mother died. As I went through her papers, I found letters her brothers had written from Germany and Japan. More than anything, I wanted to tell that story. I began researching and writing and didn’t stop for over 400 pages. That was my first historical work, which will soon e re-issued by Soul Mate Publishing. My recent release, Buccaneer Beauty, is the story of Grainne (Grace) OMalley, the 1500s Irish pirate. As a woman of Irish descent, I have always been intrigued by Irish heritage and the Irish struggle. Grace’s story was extremely interesting to me. She knew when to manipulate but when to fight as well. She was a woman who forged her own rules in a time when women were thought less than men. This novel also has a great deal of swashbuckling adventure as well as bodice ripping!
Upon Donal’s death by ambush, Grainne continues her adventures along the Irish coast and Europe, secretly battling England’s growing power in her country. Alternately sleeping with the devil or manipulating the British authorities to her own ends, Grainne is determined to save her family and people from the tyranny imposed upon them by England. To make her family stronger, she weds Richard Bourke, one of the most powerful men in the region, but she can never forget Bruce Donnel and the passion he incited within her soul. Richard proves Grainne’s most stalwart supporter and she his, their minds and bodies uniting in an almost mystical union. Together, they faced the English with no fear—with only audacity and boundless courage. Still, the shadow of a youthful gallowglass intrudes on Grainne’s peace.