Do you prefer to write futuristic, contemporary, or historical romances and why?
I write a quirky blend of contemporary and historical. My romance books are set in the present day, but have lots of flashbacks and references to history. In The Queen of Swords, the hero and heroine have gotten involved in two of her former lives, which I show the reader through flashbacks to Regency and Edwardian times. In my forthcoming PNR series, The Knights of Avalon, each of the heroes fell in a different Scottish battle before being taken and enslaved by the queen of a colony of female faery vampires. The colony operates like a beehive and the knights are the queen's breeding drones. I weave together past and present, history and myth, and fantasy and paranormal to tell my stories. My books don't follow genre rules, in other words.
What is your favorite time in history and why does it inspire you?
I don't have a favorite time in history. All periods are full of fascinating details I delight in excavating during the research process. My discoveries often color the plot or change its direction completely. I also use descriptive writing to help my writers feel like they're there--or at least that's what many of my reviewers have said.
How has your life experience contributed to your writing?
In more ways than I'm probably aware or would care to admit if I knew. A good therapist would probably have a field day with my books! My characters tend to be loners like myself, my heroines struggle with feelings of inadequacy, my heroes are all sensitive men rather than controlling Alphas, and my villains all have leanings toward sexual abuse. I'll let you deduce from that what you will and, as usual, I'm probably reading way more into the damned question than was intended.
Time to head on over to Jo Richardson's blog to see what she had to say in response to these same questions.