Frequently Asked Questions
Pertaining to the Cailkirn Chronicles
Pertaining to Harlequin Presents
Pertaining to Children of the Moon
Pertaining to Bravas
Pertaining to Historicals
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Where do you get your ideas?
Everywhere. All of life experience, everything I read, see or hear
about is fodder for my imagination. I ask questions all the time
about everything. My family puts up with me, but I know sometimes
my inquisitive nature can be embarrassing.
Where do you get your ideas for characters?
Where do you get your ideas for sex?
Where do you get your ideas for settings?
Who or what inspired you to become a writer?
This is sort of like asking what inspired me to breathe. I
need to write. Full stop period. But there was a
conversation in the bathtub with God at one point...
How long did it take to get published?
I wrote for over four years before getting what I call serious and then
it took another almost five years to publish. So, about 9 years.
Do you plot your books ahead of
time or do you write by the seat of your pants? By the
seat of my pants. I start with a story idea, get my characters
talking to me and go for it.
Does your husband have any input in your books,
i.e. do you talk to him, ask his opinion, have him read any parts of it, or is he strictly hands off?
I used to have him read all of my books for male point of
view. He still reads most of my books, but sometimes not until
they are published. He's a great resource for technical info and
I'll still ask him about guy type motivations when I'm having trouble
understanding why my hero does something. :)
Who are your favorite authors?
Lori Foster, Jayne Ann Krentz (in all her guises), Emma Darcy, Helen
Bianchin, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Therese Madeiros, Christine Feehan, Michelle
Reid, Linda Howard, JJ Massa, Lora Leigh, Mindy Neff, Dianne Castell,
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Susan Andersen
How long does it take you to write a book?
Depends on the book. Seriously. All I can say is that I work
more than full time on my writing.
What do you tell other people who want to be writers?
To write. Nothing teaches like doing. To read. Feed
the well. Never give up.
Do you get to pick your own book covers, and if not, do the couples on the cover look anything how you imagine them when you write the story?
I have some input into my Brava book covers, less for Berkley and none
for Harlequin. Some covers look like my characters to me, some do
not...but since I look at covers for the artistic composition, I can
love a cover even if it doesn't represent the perfect physical rendition
of a character if it has the feel of the book.
How do you stay disciplined and
on deadline? This is a personal thing. I am
motivated to write my stories. Therefore I write. Sometimes,
I have to make myself write when I don't want to. Sometimes, I
have to write when other people wish I would be doing something else,
but there are no tricks I know of to make this part easy. You
simply have to be willing to do it.
Do you develop a character's image solely from imagination or do you picture someone you know, a
celebrity, etc. to aid character development? Are your characters based on real people?
Characters always have bits of people in them, just like we have bits of
each other in all of us. Sometimes I find it helpful to search out
an image of a person who looks like the character in my head, sometimes
I don't, but I never start writing a character with a conscious decision
to pattern their physical or personality type after someone real.
To me, my characters are real...or as real as can be inside my
head. They are themselves always...not patterncards of someone
Do you ever see yourself "retiring" from writing?
Why do you write "issues" books? Aren't you afraid of being labeled an "issues writer"? Answered on my
Are you the type of person who sees the cup half full or half empty? Definitely half full. Have a look at this
About The Cailkirn Chronicles
What are the books about? This will be a series of
standalone single titles set in the fictitious town of Cailkirn Alaska
(where the snow is cold, but the men are hot), a small town on the
Northern Lights cruise route. Sexy contemporary romance...yeah, baby!
When will the books be out? The first three stories will
be released back-to-back-to-back in April, May and June of 2015.
did you decide to write this series? You can read about my creative
There is more info in my blog post about the reasons behind my decisions here.
Are any of your Bravas connected?
Yes. See the single title connected
Are Ready, Willing & And Able connected
to any other stories? Yes. See
the single title connected books page.
Will you be writing another series like
Ready, Willing & And Able for Brava? Yes.
Satisfaction Guaranteed is the first in a several book series about
the agents working for The Goddard Project.
And I am starting a new series (The Atrati) for Brava, introduced in
Close Quarters (my 50th book - Sept 2010).
NB: as of the release of Heat Seeker in Feb, 2013, I currently have no plans
to write more books in the TGP or Atrati series. I love the characters but
am moving on to a new series (The Cailkirn Chronicles) with Forever Romance.
Will Jillian from The Real Deal get her own
story? Yes. You'll find her story (as well as Alan's) in
DEAL WITH THIS.
Will you be writing any more novellas? Yes! I have
a new novella coming out in Bodyguards in Bed (Jun 2011) - it is the
youngest Chernichenko sister's story. :)
About Harlequin Presents
Are any of your Presents connected?
Yes. See the Harlequin
Presents connected books page.
Will you be writing any more Royal Brides?
Yes. New releases in my personal mini-series happen every other
year amidst my other Presents releases.
Why do your Harlequin Presents come out in
England first and sometimes so far ahead of their release in the US?
They don't any longer - they are released simultaneously in both markets
now (and often in Aus/NZ as well). :)
Now that you are publishing in single title,
will you stop writing Presents? No. I love the
stories I get to do for Presents and have no desire to stop writing
About the Historicals
Will you be writing any more
historicals? Not at present. I still have a thick file
folder full of historical story ideas, but I'm contracted through 2015 for
contemporary romance novels with Harlequin Presents and Forever Romance (Grand
Central Publishing) .
Will you write anymore Selwyn books, like
their children's stories? I don't know. It could
About the Children of the Moon
Is your novella in UNLEASHED
connected to MOON AWAKENING? They are both from the same
werewolf world, but the novella is a contemporary story about the
descendants of the werewolves in Moon Awakening.
you be writing Duke's story? I still hope to. It's a novella and
the publisher hasn't found a spot for it yet. I won't be writing it until
you be writing more stories in the series? WARRIOR'S MOON
and ENTHRALLED (with the novella Ecstasy Under the Moon)
both July 2013 releases, are the final books contracted for my Children of
the Moon series.
NB: I would like very much to finish the series
with the final historical release about the were-cats, but I'm not sure when
that will happen.
information on these stories visit my Children of the Moon website.
If the questions hasn't been asked and you want the
answer, email Lucy and she'll try to
answer it for you. If it's a question that comes up frequently,
the answer will be added to this page.