Welcome to Sheila!
And Congratulations on Wedding Fever
Let's put you under the microscope.
How did you get from your day job to writing romance? I’ve always been an avid reader, so when I was at home with my babies, I started writing because all of these “people” were talking to me. They didn’t care whether or not I had a family or day job or other responsibilities. They just wanted their story told and refused to let me rest until I wrote it down. And before I got the first one finished, more “people” showed up. The other day, I told my husband I’m never bored because I’m always having conversations in my head.
What are your three favorite books of all time? This is always such a difficult question. I’ve loved so many books over the years, have read in so many genres.
1) Anything by Jennifer Crusie (sorry, can’t just pick one, but if I had a gun to my head, it might be Welcome To Temptation, or maybe Agnes and the Hitman, or maybe … <G>)
2) Lady Luck’s Map of Vegas by Barbara Samuel
3) The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz
Morning, afternoon, or evening person? Morning. It’s when my mind is the sharpest. But I have the best ideas when I’m half asleep.
Music--with or without? What kind? Definitely without. When I write, I need total silence. My family has learned how to tiptoe and whisper.
First or third POV? Third.
How's tricks? Do you juggle multiple projects? I prefer to write one thing at a time, thereby totally immersing myself in the current book. If it drags on too long, I lose interest in the project or I get new ideas that result in the entire story changing. So I need to get it written. Now.
What's harder: beginning, middle, or the end? Definitely the middle. I could make a career out of writing beginnings, but unfortunately no one wants just the beginning of a book. LOL!
Revisions: Love 'em or hate 'em? I have mixed feelings about revisions. I’ve always loved the first draft, but until I learned story structure, my first drafts were a horrible mess and a nightmare to fix. Now that I’m able to build a decent structure for my story, the first drafts are cleaner and I’m enjoying the revision process much more.
How did you come up with that title? Titles tend to jump out at me as I’m part way through writing a book. The best ones are usually a twist on a song or movie title.
Best advice anybody ever gave you? Don’t quit.
Fill in this blank: My ideal fictional hero would think me gorgeous no matter… how little housework or cooking I did.
What's your favorite dessert? We’re going through a hot spell in my small part of the world, so revels are my current fav.
Do you write at home or someplace else? At home.
What's your favorite type of hero/heroine and why? I love to laugh, so my favorite hero and heroines are generally snarky and full of good fun.
Excerpt: Bandit Creek’s star reporter is about to have her life
turned upside down!
Liz Templeton lives a quiet life with her mother, her mother’s best friend, her boss, and—oh yeah—the ghost of her teenage daughter. When her ex-husband returns to town to hunt for the legendary Lost Lake treasure, she doesn’t count on the pair of matchmaking mothers who are planning her wedding or her daughter’s obsession with the man who might be her dad.
Liz has one chance to stop her family from driving her insane...and falling head over heels in love with her ex isn’t part of the plan.
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