Can you tell us about your new book?
MIDNIGHT MAGIC (Warner Forever, December 2005) is the first book in my Magic trilogy. They are the stories of three sisters who find themselves in dire straits during a war in medieval England. What fun! MIDNIGHT MAGIC is Gwendolyn's tale. She's the middle daughter of a baron who gets himself killed, and Alberic, the bastard son of the earl of Chester, to whom King Stephen gives the baron's lands. Gwendolyn is also the guardian of an ancient spell which requires her to marry a man she loves for the spell to work, and that man just can't be Alberic.
What was your favorite part about writing this book?
Being forced to read several books dealing with King Arthur and Merlin (who is the creator of the ancient spell). I've always been interested in any book or movie that explores Arthurian legend. Writing this book gave me a terrific excuse to delve into the research. Not that I need much of an excuse!
If this book was made into a movie, who would you pick to star in it?
Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley. They were so lovely together in Pirates of the Caribbean that I wouldn't mind at all if they paired up again in MIDNIGHT MAGIC!
What are you working on right now?
Book two of the trilogy - TWILIGHT MAGIC (November 2006). This is the eldest sister's (Emma) story. Her magic is visions. Another utterly fascinating topic to research.
Where do you get your ideas?
I've harvested a few out of history books. A topic will catch my interest and my imagination runs wild. With others I've "seen" a scene, or "heard" a line of dialogue that pesters me until I write something down. Not every idea has developed into a book -- yet :). I have a file folder full of notes and I'm not ready to retire, so one never knows.
What is the best advice you could give an aspiring writer?
Write what excites and intrigues you. If a story has you writing page after page to find out what happens next, it'll likely appeal to someone else, too. The problem is finding that someone else! Perseverance is a necessary quality in this business.
What is your favorite movie of all time?
The Lord of the Rings movies. Okay, that's three movies, but I could watch them back to back (the director's versions) as one movie.
I have a bookcase full of books that I consider favorites. I will spare everyone a very long list.
Favorite television show?
Current? Law and Order - Criminal Intent
I also have the videos of the entire Cadfael series.
Dorothy Dunnett. My copies of The Lymond Chronicals are well worn.
If you were stranded on a deserted island with one person, living or dead, who would you like it to be?
My husband. He really is my best friend and is probably the only person alive who could put up with me. Besides, he's very handy and would know how to build us a shelter that wouldn't fall down!
If you weren't a writer, what would you like to do for a living?
Being a writer came late for me, so I've already done several things for a living. I'd rather not go back to any of them! However, if forced, I would probably go back to Administrative Assistant. I'm rather efficient at keeping other people organized. We won't discuss my own office.
What are a few of your favorite websites?
Google - I use it almost every day.
For research, I love www.theheritagetrail.co.uk and www.castles-of-britain.com.
The ladies at www.eclectics.com do a great job with my website and those of other authors.
For business, I have www.rwanational.org and www.twbookmark.com bookmarked.