Do you argue with your characters? If so, who wins most frequently?
Yes, I do! Not all of the time, but it happens. Mostly with Gabriel. He usually wins!
What makes a story interesting to you to write? How about to read?
The story usually comes calling. And that fascinates me. Hearing voices and learning about the characters’ stories. As I write, I find that I usually fall in love—in one way or another, and I breathe to write the story being told to me.
If the story captures me, in the same fashion as my own stories do, they just won’t let me go– and then I can’t stop reading. They become more than just a “story”.
How do you escape writer’s block?
Like I mentioned, my stories find me. Usually the flow comes in rushes and trickles, but it always moves. But when I find myself wrestling with a problem, or not hearing enough, I take long baths or long walks while listening to music.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Write the story you would want to read.
What’s your writing fuel?
My characters. Music.
The best joke you ever heard:
The Irishman walks out of the bar…. (My character told this joke to me, by the way.)
The Rapid Fire section:
Ink, Typewriter, Computer:
A typewriter is very romantic, but I use a computer.
Coffee, Tea, or Hard Liqour:
Diet Iced Tea with lots of lemon
Hot, Cold or Warm:
Cat, Dog or Bird:
NC17, R or PG13:
Thank you for having me!
Saving Angels seres:
Red Dirt Road:
Lotus Blossom Lane:
Marigny Street’s Blurb:
Do you believe in the power of dreams?
Way down south on Marigny Street in the heart of New Orleans, the land of Catholic intercessions, purgatory, and supernatural superstitions, young Evangeline Chenier dreams of a radiant boy who saves her from a storm. She takes the dream seriously – in her family, dreams are sometimes more than dreams. Sometimes they foretell the future. Sometimes they create it.
Years later, Eva is no longer the same wistful girl but a hardened woman who no longer believes in dreams. Losing faith in her gift, she becomes lost in a nightmare of emotion, mourning her son, separating from her husband, and stewing in a dead-end job. And then fate brings her an unlikely surprise: one of the most famous movie stars in the world, Gabriel Roberts.
Caught by something in his eyes, Eva agrees to show him the real Big Easy on his last night in New Orleans—an evening that turns into four dreamy days spent recapturing lost faith and discovering a love neither expected. Realizing Gabriel is the boy from her childhood dream, Eva must leave everything behind—her husband, her family, her history, and the beautiful city she calls home—and gamble it all for the dream that has saved her on MARIGNY STREET.