and her historical romance
Like a Flower in Bloom
A book character that sticks in my mind is… Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables series). She was always so completely herself. Absolutely unique among the characters of literature.
The last book that made me cry was…One Shenandoah Winter. I re-read it this Christmas.
The last book that made me laugh out loud was…Becky Wade’s Meant To Be Mine.
I’m completely immersed in their storytelling, whenever I read a book by…Maureen Lang. She’s my critique partner. I have to stop myself and slow down in order to pay attention to the mechanics of what I’m reading.
The first person who encouraged me to pursue my writing was…Maureen Riols, a British novelist.
If I wasn’t a writer, I would be…a high school history teacher.
I write stories because…I keep coming up with ideas! It’s a compulsive behaviour.
He Stole the Work She Loved.
Will She Let Him Steal Her Heart as Well?
It’s all her uncle’s fault. For years Charlotte Withersby has been free to pursue her love of plants and flowers by assisting her botanist father. But now that she’s reached the old age of twenty-two, an intrusive uncle has convinced her father that Charlotte’s future–the only proper future for a woman–is to be a wife and mother, not a scholar.
Her father is so dependent on her assistance that Charlotte believes he’ll soon change his mind…and then Edward Trimble shows up. A long-time botany correspondent in the South Pacific, Trimble arrives ready to step in as assistant so that Charlotte can step out into proper society–a world that baffles her with its unwritten rules, inexplicable expectations, and confounding fashion.
Things aren’t perfectly smooth between Trimble and her father, so Charlotte hatches a last gasp plan. She’ll pretend such an interest in marriage that the thought of losing her will make her father welcome her back. Only things go quickly awry, and she realizes that the one man who recognizes her intelligence is also the person she’s most angry with: Edward Trimble, her supposed rival. Suddenly juggling more suitors than she knows what to do with, Charlotte is caught in a trap of her own making. Will she have no choice but to leave her beloved flowers behind?
My latest novel can be described by these 5 adjectives…witty, comedy-of-manners (hyphenated words count as one, right?), poignant, Victorian, charming. At least I’m hoping that’s how readers will describe it!
My main character is…an extremely practical introvert thrust into the ridiculously mannered world of Victorian England when all she really wants to do is continue her work in botany.
My main character resembles….Julia Stiles in basic character and temperament.
My story’s spiritual theme is…worth. You are a unique creation.
The most recent movie or tv show I loved was…Turn. It’s an American Revolutionary War-era spy drama. It kind of takes up where my book, The Messenger, left off. When I watch it, I feel as if all that research I did has come to life.
The story I’m currently working on is…set at the military academy at West Point in the 1850s.
You may not know this about me, but I…play golf. Sometimes I even enjoy it
I might go all fan girl if I met…Coco Chanel. She really transformed fashion for women, releasing them from the box of the corset and society’s rigid expectations.
If I could travel back in time, I’d go to…Ellis Island on the day my great-grandmother arrived in the United States from Finland.
I get lost in the music when I listen to...the musical Notre Dame de Paris.
A long held dream of mine is…to get my golf handicap low enough to be able to play the Old Course at St. Andrews.
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Character spotlight on Ellis Eton
Character spotlight on Charlie & Lucy
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Exclusive Book Club Interview with Siri
Review of The Messenger, A Heart Most Worthy, A Constant Heart and She Walks in Beauty
Character spotlight on She Walks in Beauty’s Clara Carter, Love’s Pursuit’s characters and A Constant Heart’s Marget & Lytham
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