From all the books you have
written, do you have a favorite?
My own personal favorite of all my books, both historical
and contemporary, is Beyond
At what point in time did you
realize that writing was the "thing for
I realized it really
fast, since I am not stupid, when the editor called me at my office
on Wall Street three days after I sent her The Autumn Countess and
offered me a three-book contract. Sometimes there's luck and then
there's luck, nor was the novel bad.
What advice would you give to someone
interested in becoming a writer?
To everyone, young or old, who wants to be a legitimate,
bona-fide writer, I offer this advice- SIT DOWN AND WRITE EVERY DAY.
Be disciplined. Never procrastinate. Read voraciously. Join the
appropriate genre organization. And for heaven's sake, have some
What is the name of your favorite mystery
would be my favorite mystery movie, as soon as the dolts in Blah
Blah Land make it and make it well, which would have to mean that I
have full authority over everything they do. Now, is that a
Hollywood dream or what?
What other authors do you enjoy
Dick Francis is
my favorite author in the known universe. Also ensconced on my
special book shelves, there's a lot of Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda
Howard, John Sanford, Nelson DeMille, Jacci Reding - okay, is
everyone bored yet? There are lots and lots.
Is there anyone, in particular,
who influenced you?
up reading Regency author Georgette Heyer and Gothic novelist
What led you to write mysteries?
I'd say that regardless of the genre I'm
writing, a good 80% of the books have mysteries in them, whether
they're funny or deadly serious.. My brain just seems to work that
way. The twistier the plot the more it suits my
read reviews of your books?
Only if they're good. The publisher is forbidden to ever
send me a negative review.
How would you like to be
do you believe is the highlight of your career so
Being invited to
speak at the White House with Mrs. Bush at the National Book
Festival in October, 2003.
Do you write on a fixed
I'm at my
computer answering fan mail (email) at about 6:30a.m. Hopefully I'm
ready to begin work writing at 7:30. I write my best in the morning,
so this works. I go until about 11:00 and that's it for original
writing for the day unless there's a time crunch in the schedule,
which happens. Believe me, when there's a looming deadline, any time
of the day is just fine, thank you.
Do you have a message you would like to give
to all your readers out there?
I hope I can continue to please you until I croak over my