I'm often asked in interviews "why romantic suspense?" Without thinking much, I've always been drawn to things with a mystery. Scooby Doo and Johnny Quest were two of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons. The Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew… Even the original book of 101 Dalmations had an element of the unsolved crime and righting a wrong. And I loved the NBC Mystery Movie in the 70's that rotated between Columbo, McMillan and Wife, and McCLoud. Who could resist Dennis Weaver in a hat and boots walking the streets of NYC? But my love of reading came from being taken to the library as a child.
I was fortunate that my mother didn't take a full-time job until I was 12. My summers were full of walking to the swimming pool and stopping by the library on the way home. Lots of reading when there wasn't much more to do on rainy days. In fact, I still feel like writing or curling up with a good book when the rain is pouring outside.
I can't remember when I found Mary Stewart. It could have been as early as the fifth or sixth grade. Or maybe I saw THE MOONSPINNERS on the Wonderful World of Disney. Whenever I did, I devoured everything she'd written. I couldn't get enough. I loved the combination of mystery and love story. Timeless stories and writing… And then I discovered THE CRYSTAL CAVE and the Arthurian Saga, but that's another post. LOL
So I fell in love. From the first western I began to the current work-in-progress about twin brothers determined to save not only the women they love, but their family ranch… mystery, suspense, danger, honor, and love tangled together somewhere in the state of Texas.
Helped by the anticipation that a book would be on the shelf and available to borrow. Spurred on by my imagination and curiosity about how the characters sounded, how they moved. Driven to recreate those images long-after I'd returned the book. Compelled to want more adventures for the characters I loved so much. I guess I was destined to become a writer. Seven sales later and I still love my genre. And to think…it all began with a love of reading and trips to the library.