Thanks so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog, Jacinta! Charisma Media looks like a fabulously synergistic organization. I’m the author of the Milford-Haven Novels, a Women’s Fiction series, based on my BBC radio drama “Milford-Haven U.S.A.” which had 4.5 million followers in the U.K. The novel series begins with something different – a pentalogy! Five books that ask and answer the Five Questions of the Heart. Book one, What the Heart Knows, became a best-seller last May; Book two, Where the Heart Lives, has just been published, and I’m on simultaneous book tour and blog tour right now. Each novel also begins with a short story e-book prequel. The prequel for the new novel is When Whales Watch and is FREE for your readers during my blog tour.
2. What do you do when you are not writing?
I do write every day. But I also record audio books (my own, and those of other authors as well). I’m constantly researching the background issues for my novels. And in addition my husband and I like to hike . . . and to dance tango!
3. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
I started writing when I was 3 years old. My mother tells me I was the youngest person in town to qualify for a library card. I did a lot of professional writing before my first book was published. I was a staff reporter in the New York bureau for the Financial Times of London; I was on special assignment to the Associated Press, and wrote numerous freelance pieces for other publications such as Rolling Stone.My first non-fiction book, co-written with my dear friend Erin Gray, was Act Right, published in 2001. And the first version of What the Heart Knowswas published in 2005.
4. How did you choose the genre you write in?
I think the genre chose me, rather than me choosing it. In fact, I wasn’t sure what “Women’s Fiction” was when my publishers and marketing team first mentioned it. But as I understood it better, I embraced it. As women, we read detail like “code.” For example, if I write about a woman in a silk suit and a French twist, we “get” that she’s sophisticated, lives in the city, has a professional job of some kind. But male readers will usually wonder, “why do I have to know what she’s wearing?” So, it’s not just that we like detail; it’s that we “read” it like hidden code.
5. Is there any particular book or author that influenced you as a child?
Some of my favorites were Little Womenand A Christmas Carol. And I loved the Nancy Drew Mysteries—which I later gave to my God-daughter, who’s now also a great reader and writer.
6. Is there anything you would like to tell your readers or fans?
I write and speak about matters of the heart. So my core message to readers is . . . in your heart of hearts, what did you always want to do? Are you doing it? If not now, when? And if not here (where you are) . . . where? That’s the real message of my new book Where the Heart Lives. We deserve to have our heart’s desires. And we can get there by listening closely to our own hearts.
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