I am working on a prequel with a working title of "Baldie Chronicles." And...other stuff, not necessarily Gardner and Hadley.
2. You write Adult Romance ever thought of venturing into another genre.
Yeah. I have notes on a variety of genres, not all romance or adult romance. It's like driving; you don't want to be in the same gear all the time.
3. What inspired you to write the Elizabeth Gardner Series?
I got tired of reading/seeing love stories where the heroine is no older than 29 years, 364 days. And a skinny little thing (with big boobs) waiting to be saved. People put their romantic lives aside until they get older for a variety of reasons. It's real life, it happens. Worthy, strong heroines come in different shapes, sizes, and experiences. The classic "tall, dark, and handsome" can fall in love with those women. And sometimes, it's Prince Charming who needs to be saved.
4. So many people describe your main characters as complex, what kind of real-life issues do your characters deal with that readers can relate to and what inspired you to write about such topics?
Liz is a breast cancer survivor, difficult childhood survivor, and believes that if they made a movie of her life, she'd be a supporting character. A few years before "These Foolish Things" begins, she's undergoing her breast cancer experience, and before that, she was caring for her mother who was difficult, unkind, and dying of lung cancer. As for Ty, he also had a difficult childhood. It can teach you not to trust anyone completely, don't let anyone get too close. He keeps his emotional distance from the women he dates. He is a successful litigator and a workaholic. Unfortunately, he is an alcoholic as well. I grew up in an alcoholic and emotionally abusive family. I know this territory.
5. Any reason why you choose to have sports play a part in your story?
In my working life, I've played on company softball teams, in fact, at the very fields in the North End of Boston that start the story. Our team actually did (accidentally) hit a dog, a bicyclist, and a bocce player. Not all in the same game. Why not use it?