made you want to write this book?
wrote Becoming Magic after #metoo and
the whole Harvey Weinstein thing in Hollywood. I started looking really hard at
romance genre in general and where it’s been going. This is a genre read
and written, for the most part, by women, but some of the themes I’ve seen on
the rise in it are troubling. It’s like you can’t be sexy without adding a
little bit (or a lot) of abuse. I knew I never wanted my own daughter to read
that stuff, so I re-examined my own writing, and, though it’s much better than
some, there were some themes that troubled me. So I wrote Becoming Magic,
in a way, to start over.
Where do you get your storylines from?
really. Mostly my own imagination and what I’m interested in at the time. I
wrote a couple of books set partly at a vineyard in Eastern North Carolina
because I was interested in wines from my part of the country. I wrote Becoming Magic and Movie Magic because I was interested in Hollywood and the movie
industry. My upcoming Christmas-themed book
Dickens Magic is based on my first foray into play-acting.
Was this book easier to write than others?
subject matter is intense and not fun at times. I’m more used to writing
lighter, less disturbing stuff. However, I felt it was necessary to write about
the actual assault Carole endured because people don’t really seem to understand
what it’s like to be made to feel powerless.
you only write one genre?
have written other things than romance. My Synchronicity
series is romantic fantasy. Weeds and
Flowers is a coming-of-age story. But mostly what I write is romance.
Do you have a specific place or setting where you write?
of my books are set in North Carolina where I have lived most
of my life. There
are a few exceptions. Secrets of the
is set in New York. Close Up
is set in Las Vegas, with a few scenes in Bath, N.C, Island Magic
takes place partly in North
Carolina, partly on an island in the Caribbean. And then Movie Magic
are both partly set in Hollywood. But almost all have a tie to North
Carolina. I’m excited about Dickens Magic
because it’s the first one I’ve written that takes place entirely in downtown
New Bern, one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever called home.
Describe what made you want to be a writer?
I just am a writer. I have written short stories
since I was a child. I remember writing stories and having my mother say I
could be an author when I grew up, but I didn’t know what an author was. I
tried making a practical living out of my love of writing by getting a degree
in journalism. I didn’t like the hours required of journalists, though, so I
turned to library science. This worked better, but I still wanted to write my
own stuff, so when I became a mother, I started writing full time. And it’s
what I’m meant to do, so I’m still doing it eighteen years later.
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