Violet's experience in the wedding planning industry was her inspiration for a heroine who creates Happily Ever Afters for brides and the grooms who love them. She also writes romantic suspense—with a paranormal twist. But Violet’s passion: research. Violet explains how research adds color to her novels. Interviewed by Josie Brown.
Tina DeSalvo writes about and believes in Happily Ever Afters. She writes them beautifully, too—perhaps because of her keen observations of others, honed from her many years as a journalist. We have a wonderful discussion of her past, her journey as a cancer survivor, and her latest novel and series.
Tara Taylor Quinn has penned 75 novels—and counting! She is a go-to read for any Harlequin SuperRomance reader. In her WHERE SECRETS ARE SAFE series, the plots revolve around members or supporters of the Lemonade Stand Women’s Shelter. Their second chances are true happily ever after—for not only the heroine and the heroine, but for those women who could use a helping hand.
Best-selling author Susan Carlisle finds the inspiration for her plots in the funniest places—and it shows. Having traveled to 49 of 50 states, she has a lot of wonderful material.We talk about plots, travel, and our home state of Georgia.
Shirley Hailstock is a best-selling, award-winning novelist with over 30 books to her name. In fact, her novel, Legacy, is listed as one of the 100 Greatest Romance Novels of the 20th Century. Her series include the 6-novel Capitol Chronicles Romantic Suspense series and the four-book Blythe CoveContemporary Romance series. I talked to Shirley about how she wrote a book on a dare—and forged a best seller's career.
The love of travel and family is what inspired Nan Dixon's heartfelt contemporary romance series, Fitzgerald House, whose heroines are loosely based on her sisters. Nan and I talk about how travel inspires her plots.
If you love Magical Romances, Cowboy Romances, and Cozy Mysteries, then Mary Leo is the read for you! I talked to Mary—a Chicago gal—how she ended up in cowboy country, and what sang to her about it. We'll also talk about her heroine who comes from a long line of Cupids—and the fun of writing about everyone's wing girl.
Kelly's contemporary romances are sweet and yet spicy. Case in point: her Redwood Ridge series, in which a small town's matchmakers have been successful in arranging cute meets. I talked to Kelly about several of her series, including one revolving about (gulp!) ghosts! Find out why if Kelly's towns were real, we'd all want to live there.
Missing the East Coast's dramatic change of seasons was what inspired this California transplant's first novel. Her latest series is a great spin on the "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" story. Still set in the Pacific Northwest, it moves the story just down the road from Seattle—to Oregon. Elisabeth writes the sort of books that she'd want to read. She tells me why.
Elaine Meece writes both romantic suspense and romantic comedies. In her FLIGHT FOR LIFE series, danger lurks in the air as well as on the ground. However, in Elaine’s Possum Creek Series (Love Shack) romance and comedy rule. And in LOVE SHACK, Elaine’s latest romcom, opposites attract tale in a way that is sure to have readers laughing out loud.