Are you a city slicker or a country lover?
I really love both. I’ve always lived in the city, but my grandparents had farms. I loved to visit them when I was little. Farm work is very hard work, but there is a wonderful rhythm to it as the seasons pass. I loved visiting the garden and feeding the animals.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I play clarinet in a woodwind quintet, cook, read, make jewelry, and play with my Golden Retrievers.
What movie to you love to watch?
Moonstruck. I’ve seen it too many times to count.
How do you feel about Facebook and Twitter?
I like both, but I tend to be more of a Facebook person. I really enjoy keeping up with friends on my personal page, and I love hearing from readers on the Dance For A Dead Princess Facebook page.
What’s the reason for your life?
I’m here to tell stories, to celebrate love and family, and to make people laugh.
How many friends does a person need?
If you have just a few really loyal friends, that’s all you need.
Do you find time to read?
Yes. I read every day although a lot of it is “day job” related. I read fiction at night after I’m finished working on my current novel.
Last book you purchased.
I’m currently reading John Grisham’s Sycamore Row. It’s a sequel to his very first book A Time to Kill. He writes about the rural South that I know well because of relatives who live there. And, of course, he writes about lawyers, a world I know well because I am one.
What makes you happiest?
I am happy when the people (and dogs) that I love are happy. And I am always happy when I’m writing or playing my clarinet. I’ve been studying music since I was nine, and I love to play. I also love to take care of the people I love. I like to cook for them or bring them a special little pick-me-up or tell a joke that makes them smile.
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m an optimist. I’m always ready to pick up the pieces and go on. And I look for the lessons in everything and try to use what I have learned to improve my next performance whether it’s writing or music or my “day job.”
What is your favorite quote?
“It doesn’t happen all at once. You become.” Margery Williams, The Velveteen Rabbit.
What writing are you most proud of?
My first published novel, Dance For A Dead Princess. It was not easy to weave together a modern mystery-love story with a historical mystery-love story and have both be relevant to each other. I was excited when I read Diane Donovan’s review at the Midwest Book Review because she really understood what I was trying to do and made me feel great about my work!
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In January 1997, Princess Diana received a phone call telling her she would be assassinated. She recorded the information on a secret video tape, naming her killer and gave it to a trusted friend in America for safekeeping. It has never been found.
Diana's close friend, Nicholas Carey, the 18th Duke of Burnham and second richest man in England, has vowed to find the tape and expose her killer. After years of searching, he discovers Diana gave the tape to British socialite Mari Cuniff, who died in New York under mysterious circumstances. He believes Wall Street attorney Taylor Collins, the executor of Mari's estate, has possession of it. He lures Taylor to England by promising to sell his ancestral home in Kent, Burnham Abbey, to one of her clients, a boarding school for American girls. Nicholas has dated actresses and models since the death of his wife, ten years earlier, and has no interest in falling in love again. But he is immediately and unexpectedly overwhelmed with feelings for Taylor at their first meeting.
Taylor, unaware that Diana's tape is in her long-time friend and client's estate and nursing her hurt over her broken engagement to a fellow attorney in her firm, brands Nicholas supremely spoiled and selfish. She is in a hurry to finish the sale of the Abbey and return to New York. But while working in the Abbey's library, Taylor uncovers the diary of Thomas Carey, a knight at the court of Henry VIII and the first Duke of Burnham.
As she reads Thomas' agonizing struggle to save the love of his life and the mother of his child from being forced to become Henry's mistress, she begins to see Nicholas in a new light as he battles to save his sixteen-year-old ward Lucy, who is desperately unhappy and addicted to cocaine. But just as Taylor's feelings for Nicholas become clear and at the moment she realizes she is in possession of Diana's voice from the grave, she learns that Nicholas may be Lucy's father and responsible for his wife's death at the Abbey at the time of Lucy's birth. When Nicholas is arrested for Lucy's murder and taken to Wandsworth Prison, Taylor sets out to learn the truth about Nicholas, his late wife, and the death of the Princess of Wales.
Dance for A Dead Princess is a the story of two great loves that created and preserved a family that has lasted for five hundred years.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance,Mystery
Rating – G
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