You'll get the chance to meet her today and I know you'll love her bunches just as much as I do!
Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself….
A: First and foremost, I am Louisiana born an’ bred. Born in New Orleans, June 12, 1947 (yep…I’m old!!!) This past June I made 65. I’m officially a Senior Citizen!!! YooHoo!! Anyway, I digress. I was adopted at age of 3mos (my birth mother is/was French) and I was raised in Rayville, a small farming community in Northeast Louisiana. Except for my first three years of college I have lived in Louisiana my entire life. Got my first pony on my 6th birthday and was hooked. In high school I was in the Rayville Riding Club (Barrel Racing was my favorite). In junior high (6th-7th) I had show calves. One of my bulls won Grand Champion on the local level and made 2nd runner up at State. YAY!!
I graduated from high school in 1965, went off Mississippi to college, dropped out my sophomore year, and went to business college. Went back to college at Louisiana Tech where I met Mike in 1969 (on a dare….long story **grins**). We were married September 11, 1971. This year we will celebrate our 42nd anniversary. Our daughter, Karen Eliser and her husband Robert live in Denham Springs, La. Mike and I renewed our wedding vows in 2009 (38th anniv) and I surprised him with a song I wrote for him. A good friend composed the music, one of his female soloists did the vocal, and it was recorded locally. It was originally written for one of my romance novels (not yet pub’ed) entitled For Better or Worse…I just revamped it to fit me and Mike.
In the late 70’s I was a Sweet Adeline and Mike was in Barbershop; in 1980 we got involved in the Little Theater, both on and offstage for 7yrs. I’m a Lifetime Member of The International Society of Poets since 1993 and pub’ed in 7 anthologies. One poem was pub’ed by Blue Mtn Arts as a greeting card in 1994. I’m an active member of the NOLA STARs (Northeast Louisiana Storytellers & Writers of Romance) since Dec. 2008, as well as Romance Writers of America. This past Dec. I acquired my PRO status with the RWA.
At present I have two completed historical romance novels (unpub’ed) and 2 completed contemporary romance novels. On January 31st, TO LOVE AND PROTECT was accepted for publication by Soul Mate Publications…my first to be published. Yep! I’m excited!!!
Oh yeah….I’m retired now, so I have LOTS of time to write!!!!
Q: What genre do you enjoy reading and why?
A: OMG…I’m NOT into Sci-fi and Horror. Otherwise, it’s pretty much everything else (except YA).
Q: Who are your fave authors and why?
A: Jennifer Blake, Stephanie Laurens, Sabrina Jefferies, Terry Spears, and Sandra Hill. WHY? Jennifer Blake is local (born and bred Louisiana) and most of her historical novels are Louisiana based (The Master at Arms series is my fave of hers); Stephanie Laurens (ie: The Cynster Novels); Terry Spears (sexy werewolves **wiggles eyebrows**); Sandra Hill (sexy Vikings and a wonderful sense of humor). I’m also big into “cowboy” romances, both historical and contemporary (just something REALLY sexy about cowboys)!
Q: Who are your fave characters (both hero and heroine)?
A: Heroes: the Cynster clan hands down!! Probably the heroines in the Cynster novels. Actually it’s a tie between the Cynsters and the Master at Arms series (swordsmen of old New Orleans). I can definitely see our Jimmy as one of those Creole swordsmen. Helloooooo!!!!
Q: If you can tell us authors anything as far as your thoughts on what we write about, what would you say?
A: Make your heroes, heroines, and plot believable! Make them human, complete with flaws and feelings (ie: REAL men really do cry).
Q: Who would you go out on a date with from a story you love and what would you love to do?
A: Geez!! That’s a tough one. Guess it depends on the genre: contemporary or historical. Okay! Contemporary: A real-life cowboy (I can relate to this): horseback riding, a picnic by a river, lake, or pond, a slow ride back home to enjoy the sunset on the porch of a ranch house. Historical: Dinner at Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans, a slow ride home to the Plantation by carriage down the River Road, moonlight filtering through the moss-draped live oaks…yep, I’m a romantic!!!
Q: What kind of stories would you like to read about that you haven’t seen out yet?
A: Hmmm…right off the bat, I can’t think of any. Personally, I’m currently doing research on a contemporary romance based on 9-11. I’ve only recently seen a couple “out there”, but I haven’t read them. I just hope the one I’m gonna write is unique.
Q: When you look for a book, do you go by word of mouth, reading the blurb, or reading the reviews about the book itself?
A: I guess you could say “all the above”. I have enough author/reader friends that I trust their reviews of other books; I read the blurbs to get an idea of the crux/background of the story; but I don’t, as a rule, go on what critics say. I read a book and form my own opinion.
Q: What kind of swag do you like getting from some of your favorite authors when they have contests or release parties? What would you like to see them give out?
A: Let’s see……autographed books; autographed book plates if I already have the book; book marks. I got a custom-made paperweight from one author, and a silk glasses cloth from another with a silk screen of her latest novel.
Q: Tell us what you are currently reading or what you have finished reading, and what you liked about it?
A: Right now (Feb. 1st) I just finished reading a fun Contemporary Cowboy romance entitled MY LITTLE TEXAS TORNADO: fun, sexy, with just the right amount of suspense, and a real “twister” of an ending! I’m following it up with another little Contemporary Cowboy romance entitled HOWDY MA’AM, also fun, sexy, with just the right amount of suspense. Can’t wait to see how this one comes out!!
Since I just got an email last night (Jan. 31st) that my book TO LOVE AND PROTECT has been accepted for publication by Soul Mate Publishing, I’m gonna be concentrating on that and the NEXXT book for a while. I can finally say “I’m no longer and aspiring author…I’m an author!!!!!