Message From The Author

Author's Message

Carried Away

A year ago, Romantic Times published a lovely article that gave you a peek into my private world-in particular, the office where I live with the characters that appear in my books. About the time RT was going to press, I'd just finished a book, so I thought perhaps you would like another sneak peek inside a writer's world: my office "after the book."

I have to tell you a funny story that I swear is true. When I went back to the one-hour photo shop to pick up the new photos, the woman looked at me and said, "I'm so sorry. I've never been robbed but it must be horrible to have your things ransacked like that." I had to laugh.

As you can see, a writer's office is not always the glamorous private and magical world you might have imagined. But somewhere between the old coffee cups and empty water bottles, the five pairs of shoes and mounds of research books, the note cards and post-its and paper, there lies a novel.

Writing is not a peaceful and quiet process. But then neither is falling in love, because people always think they want one thing and what they get is usually just the opposite. Carried Away is a love story about opposites.

I have always wanted to do a kidnapped bride book and this is it. I told Kathe Robin last year that I saw this as my "Brigadoon" meets "Overboard" book. There are two brothers, Scots and total opposites like Oscar and Felix in "The Odd Couple." I put them on a secluded island off the coast of Maine where they are fogged in with two women who happen to be social enemies and who are desperate to get back to their own worlds. Add a couple of lonely children who need some parenting and what transpires is not quiet and it's not peaceful.

As with each story I tell, I hope you'll have a good time, that you'll take a wild ride through the tale and race along with the characters as they experience all their ups and downs. But most of all I want you to feel good when you read the last line.

This year, my life has been filled with some heartache. Deep in my heart, I feel I need to write a book that is just pure fun. So I'll venture into new territory; a medieval that's half Walt Disney, half Monty Python. But first, ugh, I have to clean my office.

Readers can write to me at P.O. Box 8166, Fremont, CA 94537-8166.


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