If you like to read romance novels of all genres, join the writers of Romance Weekly every Tuesday for our blog hop. We'll be answering the same questions, or writing the same flash fiction, or offering our favourite recipes. Once you've read my blog, the link below will direct you to another. Tell your friends and feel free to ask questions or make comments.
If you're joining me from Raine Balkera , welcome! On to the questions:
Which type of character do you prefer writing about - sexy, romantic, sweet, quirky, mean, old, young, smart, silly?
I love writing quirky, smart-mouthed heroines who don't take any crap. They might not appear that way on the surface, although Jemma in Chef d'Amour is the closest. Inside, however, is a different story. All of them are strong, straight-forward women, despite how they present themselves to the world.
As for heroes, I'd love to be able to write one that is angst-driven, one with a horrible, hidden darkness just waiting to be healed. The more I write, the more layered my characters become, but I have yet to be cruel enough to saddle them with deep and dreadful secrets. No matter what their inner demons, my heroes are Everyman—not quite Alpha, not quite Beta, guys you wouldn't be surprised to meet in the grocery story aisle but powerful and competent all the same.
Have you ever killed off (or gotten back at) an ex in your writing? On paper,of course.
I suppose I'm lucky in the sense that I don't have an ex that still bothers me enough I want to bump him off, even if just on paper. :) But I can certainly see the attraction! But one of the great things about writing is that I can spend days writing an argument, so when I think of a snappy come-back in the middle of the night I just add it in the next day!
What hobbies do you have that you incorporate in your writing?
I don't have any really decisive hobbies. Other than reading and writing, I spend most of my time either at work or with family. I do, however, love taking photographs. Just this weekend, in fact, we purchased a new DSLR camera that I am excited to start experimenting with. I can certainly see myself writing about someone who does photography, either as a hobby or a job.
Now it's time to move on to Leslie Hachtel. Enjoy!