I love to write steamy American-set historical romances of the Gilded Age and Gay Nineties--the late Victorian period during which America's industrial age aristocracy lived like lords and ladies of England.
A closet feminist, I admire the brave women of this era who fought for equal voting rights, and who often broke the mold to bring about social change and women's equality. Writing about strong women, and the alpha males who love them, is one of my greatest passions . . . besides my loving husband.
I live in a far northwest suburb of Chicago, out where the corn still grows and farmstands are plentiful. On a nice day you might see me out gardening, but on a nasty day, I'll be glued to my chair working on another book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Avoidance of deadline pressure was my biggest motivator. My greatest fear of selling to the New York market was that once a publishing house bought your book, your life was theirs. Authors who sold are tied to ridiculous deadlines based upon the needs of publishers, and woe be it to authors if they have another life they care to live. After working 35 years as a journalist meeting tight daily deadlines, I burned out and left the publishing world. Ten years later, I'm back doing what I love, writing, on a schedule I can live with, thanks to indie publishing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Like the computer industry, the ebook industry needs to develop a standard platform upon which books can be read no matter the file type. Until that happens, Smashwords serves as a one stop distributor for authors who don't have the time to develop specific files for every device manufactured. An author can upload one file and be assured of distribution of their work to all.
Flawed sexy heroes. Strong heroines with the courage to push societal boundaries. Agents of a secret government crime fighting organization.
The Chessmen series has them all—steamy American Victorian romances with an emotional punch to the gut. Each stand-alone story involves an agent who discovers unexpected love in all the wrong places, and must face down demons before claiming his or her happiness.
A simple chess piece with an identifier on its underside, and the name of its owner are all that’s needed to make a desperate person a client of one of these secret agents. A calling card of sorts, the chess piece is a method of referral representing no option for refusal. The agent must accept its bearer as a client, no matter how frivolous or serious or out of their realm of expertise the request.
Scientist Emmeline Griffith needs a husband fast. The marriage will be in name only…but she didn’t count on her attraction to the virile detective who steps into the role. Investigator Bartholomew Turner thought he had his demons under control. But when his relationship becomes far more enduring, he must confront both his past and the danger that’s stalking Emmie to claim the woman he loves.
Maneuvering her way onto a ship of gunrunners prior to the Spanish-American War, Samantha Etheridge proves to be more than a mere opportunistic reporter to Captain Sean Nolan, perhaps even a first mate.