I’m an Australian author of Historical erotic romances set in outback towns of Northern Australia between 1850 and 1898.
Tell us about your latest book.
Mistress of Purity was released in August 2015. The plot of the story tells about when Gareth obeyed his father’s widow’s request for him to return to Sarina to collect his inheritance. Never could he have imagined he’d find her to be the same woman he’d loved so passionately a few weeks before. The secrets that Gareth unveils upon returning to his late father’s estate become a near obsession to him, revealing to him not only the truth about Prue, but also the man his father had truly been.
What do you have coming out in the future?
Passions in the Dust will be out in March 2016. It’s about a wealthy station owner who orders a mail order bride only to find her to be the lover he had left back in England. Together they are faced with cattle rustlers, scrub fires, poisoned cattle and a fiancé out for revenge.
Is your book a stand-alone or a series?
Why romance and what makes your particular brand of romance special?
I write romances because I love a happy ending! My own particular brand of romance is uniquely Australian, using actual historical place names and some of my own personal family history. The romance is driven by suspense and mystery, as well as scandals and the occasional mention of remedies or legends belonging to the Australian Aboriginals.
Is romance the only genre that you write in or do you write in other genres? If so what other genres do you write in?
So far I only write romance
…She had seen something that would continue to haunt her and follow her wherever she went.
When she had married the Earl of Malloy, Prue had hoped to be able to hide under his name and at his out of town estate.
What she had not thought was to become his son’s MISTRESS OF PURITY.
Gareth had sworn never to return to his father’s estate, not to the life he had once thought to have there.
He had hoped that the man he had grown in to was no longer hoping to find the love of a woman he knew could not possibly exist.
What Gareth had not wanted was to find his comfort in the arms of his father’s young wife…a woman he knew was hiding far more than just one secret from him.
Mostly the history of mine or my husband’s ancestors.
Do you ever base your characters on real people in your life?
Yes quite a few have been based on people I have known or am related to.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Usually just relaxing and spending time with my family.
What was your road to publishing like? Tell us about it.
I was first published way back in 1996 just after I graduated High School, but the company went bankrupt. I was then again offered a contract in 2008 but that company also went bust. Red Sage Publishing contracted me in 2012 and I’ve been with them ever since, having just been offered a fifth contract.
Have you joined any writer’s groups?
I am currently a member of both the Romance Writers of America and Australia.
Writing a synopsis – it’s like pulling teeth for me.
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Usually the basic plot outline.
What is your preferred writing environment?
I would say quiet but having a combined family of nine children doesn’t always allow for that.
Do you have a careful plan when plotting your stories or do you just go with the flow?
I usually have a list of ideas and a few written paragraphs involving certain dialogue but it’s all subject to change with me. Plots change constantly until I think it’s finally right.
What is your favorite quote?
“Was it hard?" I ask. “Letting go?"
“Not as hard as holding on to something that wasn't real.”
― Lisa Schroeder
Wild Card Question.
As an author, what is the one question that you wish people would ask you, but no one ever has and what would your answer be to that question?
If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
To Kill a Mockingbird because it has never been out of print.