In what genre do you write?
I write suspense. One of the big publishers told me I write romantic suspense. Maybe. Mostly I have a little romance going on, and sometimes I have happy endings. Not always. I love to write nefarious characters. And I love plot twists, with every detail neat and tidy. It’s a fabulous puzzle for me to complete!
Who has been the biggest influence in your writing career, and why?
Sidney Sheldon offered me an endorsement and several blurbs, and went on to offer me writing advice until his passing. I am not shy about including his ‘general’ blurbs regarding my writing style in all of my books. Mom passed away before I became published, but she was beside me when Mr. Sheldon became my mentor. She was thrilled, as he was one of her favorite authors. I remain thrilled I had both of them on my team.
What is your verb?
This is a tough one, so I asked for help. I tossed the question out to my readers and friends. Most of them answered with adjectives, so I had to weed through the responses. I’m going with CAPTIVATE. I hope that applies to me, my approach on life, and my books.
Tell us about your latest book.
To be released December, 2013, Kiss & Kill
Prolific romance author Chyna Blaze is making a decision. She will no longer be fearful. She won’t succumb to the panic attacks that take control of her life. She will be strong.
Literary giant Orson Locke isn’t giving up any of his vices. He likes his sugar straight out of cans of white icing, chased by plenty of bourbon. He likes his Edgar Allen Poe. And he likes his temptations well-sated.
Detective Jack McClendon is trying to make sense of romance writers rising and dying like the seventeen-year cycle of the cicada. And it’s the 17th year.
This is Chyna Blaze’s story of unresolved personal issues, a feigned strength, and a future slated for death.
Any teacher who influenced you… encouraged you or discouraged you?
Mrs. Macey. Fourth grade. I loved our creative writing lessons. She would name the topic and we would write! I could have written for hours. I still have the note she sent me, suggesting I should consider a career in writing.
Tell us a little bit about where you live.
I was born and raised in Colorful Colorado. My husband and I landed in Tucson in 2005, a bit weary of the snow. We love being desert rats in flip-flops. We live adjacent to a riparian, where wildlife includes bobcats, coyotes, rabbits, Gamble quail, and javelina. It’s awesome!
Do you write from your own truth, or are you geared toward a market?
I know many successful authors and friends that write toward a market, and that’s great. For me, it’s a compromise. I won’t do it. I write what my characters demand. They can be very persuasive. I’ve mentioned I enjoy writing the nefarious character. Conversely, when my story allows, it’s important for me to include socially redeeming messages, such as an understanding of the transgender community, a reality check on the practices of incompetent plastic surgeons, a look at the slave-traffic that might be in your neighborhood.
Any good suggestions for overcoming writer’s block?
I’ve honestly never had severe writer’s block. Plot problems? Yes! Here is my formula. Pay attention! Keep a digital or paper notepad with you at all times. Watch people. Listen. People are CRAZY, and truth is stranger than fiction! I keep running lists on everything. First names. Last names. Possible book titles. One liners. Short scenes. Entire plausible plots. Implausible plots!
If you could talk for thirty minutes with any author [or person], living or dead, who would it be?
Redundant, but of course, Sidney Sheldon. Now, here is the question I ask myself every year. If I were to host a MIXER dinner party for ANYBODY, who would I invite? This year I have Ellen DeGeneres, Dean Koontz, Oprah, Al Roker, Ronald Reagan, and the delightful Mary Higgins Clarke on my invitation list. Toss in Ernest Hemmingway, and I’m sated.
Are any of your characters based on your family, friends, or even you?
There are traits that one might deduce as belonging to someone I know. I’ve never developed a character solely on one acquaintance, except for my real life detective, Steve Taylor. Steve has gifted me some amazing stories. One plot twist you will find unbelievable in Evil Cries? It’s true. Steve Taylor worked the case.
What is your overall impression of electronic publishing?
Simply stated, it’s here to stay and, obviously, it’s a game changer for our industry. Blockbuster has now closed ALL of their stores. Times change. Transmission of media is changing. Electronic publishing has opened up doors to remarkable authors that would never have been traditionally published, but it has also opened the floodgates to a bunch of crap that should never be published. Regardless, I’m encouraged by any means that enthuses our children to read.
Tell us one strange and provocative tidbit from your life that nobody has heard before.
I write some pretty wicked stuff. Blood and gore. But I faint at the sight of blood. I even faint when I think there might be some blood. Lucky for me, my husband knows this. One time I borrowed his car and popped my CD into the player. I forgot to retrieve it; Chuck hopped into his car, and heard number ninety-two of one-hundred ways to kill someone. Gotta love a man who stays married to a suspense writer. Website www.lalacorriere.com Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Amazon link: Link to Buy Corriere