That's easy. John! I got to sink deep into the language of 19th century America. I found myself channeling the attitude of Val Kilmer's Doc Holiday as I wrote his dialog. My favorite comment about him came from my husband. I asked him what he thought about John, and his response was, "He's cool. He's a bit of a LUNATIC, but he's cool!" To that I cheered, "Yes!" That's exactly how I was trying to write him.
Which of your characters do you relate to the most?
The character that I relate to the most is Leigh. I wrote certain aspects of myself into her, though if she were a real person, we'd only have those similarities.
1. As a senior in high school, I was very close to pursuing psychology in undergrad, but decided to take the arts route and become a dance major. So, I made Leigh a psychology graduate, so I could live vicariously through her. However, at first she was going to be a scientist, like her grandfather. But since I'm not a scientist and don't speak or think like one, I knew I wouldn't be able to pull off a main character who was one. Instead, I gave her a profession that I do relate to, in that psychology is still a great interest of mine. It was my favorite course in college, and I also...wait, now I'm rambling.
2. She's also like me in that her Jeep Wrangler is her baby. The Wrangler has been my favorite vehicle since I was 15, 22 years ago! And it still hasn't changed. When I say, "Jeep," there's only ever one model that I'm referring to: Wrangler Sport. So, I gave her a Jeep, but I changed the color to forest green (my Jeep baby was gun-metal blue).
3. Finally, though her mother wants her to, Leigh refuses to wear dresses. She's all about being a quasi-tom boy, just like me. And my mom always tried to get me to wear dresses and be more girlie because she was. Leigh and Elizabeth's mother/daughter relationship is a lot like mine with my mother in that sense.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything from Jane Austen to Anne Rice, Leo Tolsoy and Alexandre Dumas to Stephen King and George R R Martin. Don't get me started on the Harry Potter Series!
Describe your desk
Cluttered! Organized clutter.
What are you working on next?
The Teamster (The Crossing Hour, #1.5), due to be released this summer.
Who are your favorite authors?
These authors wrote my favorite books: Alexandre Dumas, Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy Who I've read the most: Anne Rice, Stephen King, George R R Martin
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