Can you, for those who don't know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?
Most people don’t know I was a real estate developer before I was an author. One of my residential developments won a Best in America Living Award. I started and abandoned two novels over the years while I was still working and raising three children. I retired a couple years ago and decided it was now or never on writing a novel. While I was writing Now I See You, I kept what I was doing a secret from my family. I finally told my husband I was writing again when I was about half way finished with the first draft. I didn’t tell my children until I was finished. They were very surprised!
What is something unique/quirky about you?
I am an Agatha Christie fanatic. In fact, I held off publishing Now I See You so that I could publish it on September 15th, Agatha Christie’s birthday. I love that my first novel was published on her birthday! I have read Christie’s autobiography, several of her biographies, and many many of her books.
What are some of your pet peeves?
Probably my biggest pet peeve as a reader is when an author will change character points of view within the same scene. It stops me dead on the page—a huge distraction.
Where were you born/grew up at?
I grew up in Del Rio, Texas, on the US-Mexico border. My family has ranched the country around Del Rio since the 1880’s. I’m a seventh generation Texan, my family came here in 1832 when Texas was still a part of Mexico. Y si, hablo espanol!
If you knew you'd die tomorrow, how would you spend your last day?
I would spend it with my family. (And I’d probably eat lots and lots of strawberry Twizzlers!)
Who is your hero and why?
I have two author heroes—Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark. Both overcame personal hardship, pulled themselves up by the bootstraps and succeeded beyond most people’s wildest dreams. At the same time, they were kind and generous people with family and friends who loved them.
What are you passionate about these days?
Animal rescue. There are so so many animals currently in shelters that need their furever homes. My heart breaks for them all. #AdoptDontShop
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Read! And go to the movies.
How to find time to write as a parent?
Just recently, my husband and I became empty nesters. Since I kept writing a secret, while our youngest was still living at home, I wrote Now I See You when he was in school. When he would get home, I would quietly close my laptop and pretend I hadn’t been working on anything important.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I probably first considered myself a writer after I published Now I See You and started getting positive feedback from strangers. Of course my family and friends were going to say they loved it, but when I started getting 4 and 5 star reviews from total strangers, then I finally thought I had a little street cred.
Do you have a favorite movie?
I have lots of favorite movies. At the top of my list are Gone With the Wind, The Godfather, Tombstone, The Patriot, and American President. I know, my taste is eclectic!
What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
I once spent six hours in the library at the University of South Carolina studying John Jake’s working papers that are archived there. John Jakes wrote historical fiction and is still one of my favorite authors.