I caught my daycare providing drugging my little kids with cough syrup to get them to sleep all day while I worked as a loan officer (I had three of my five kids at the time), so I quit my job to stay home with them myself. Problem was, we were in dire straits with my husband’s business, and I had to figure out some way to help out financially. During this time, I was reading a really great book—A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR. I remember how it carried me away from the stressful situation, and when I finished it, I thought, “I wonder if I could write a book?”
That’s where the idea started. I’ve since completed fifty stories, almost all of them full-length novels.
I would say the books I read growing up made the most impact because those are the ones I still remember in such great detail—almost everything by Kathleen Woodiwiss. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, THE THORNBIRDS by Colleen McCullough, GONE WITH THE WIND by Margaret Mitchell, REBECCA by Daphne du Maurier, and BLOODLINES by Sidney Sheldon.
This is a story about two star-crossed lovers who just weren’t ready for love when they first got involved with each other. Presley, the heroine, fell hard. But Aaron was still coping with his unconventional upbringing. When Presley gets pregnant, she knows better than to even tell Aaron. She leaves town instead, and tries to get her life together—and when she returns two years later, she’s changed a lot. She’s left her addictions behind and become a great mother, but she’s still sheltering her secret…
This is a tough question. I like something different about each book, but I will probably have to say that WHEN SNOW FALLS was the most fun to write. I wasn’t expecting Dylan to walk on stage out of nowhere, but he did—and he took over the whole story. LOL
When my son was diagnosed with diabetes at five years old, I wanted to do something to fight back. I was terrified about what this disease could do to him—and became familiar with the fact that diabetes affects almost every American family in one way or another. I was a young mother with a fledging writing career, so I kept telling myself that there would come a day when I would have the time and resources to do something to raise money. Then it occurred to me that I already had a good stream of traffic coming to my website, and that I could invite those people to join with me in trying to make a difference. That’s when I started my annual online auction for diabetes research. We are currently approaching our ten-year anniversary (it runs May 1 – 31st at http://brendanovak.auctionanything.com) and are looking forward to what I hope will be our biggest year yet. So far, we’ve raised over $2 million—which is far more than I ever dreamed I’d be able to raise. I am so grateful to all the readers, authors, publishing officials and advocates who have pitched in to help me.
I was cautiously ecstatic when I got The Call. I had received one previous call that hadn’t ended in a contract—my agent at the time said she’d never seen a publisher express such interest and then turn away—so I was a bit less trusting the second time around. But HarperCollins did step up and buy my first book, OF NOBLE BIRTH, and it was thrilling.
I found my first agent simply by querying. Pamela Ahearn responded, we went through some revisions on the manuscript I’d submitted, and she ended up signing me shortly after that story finaled in RWA’s Golden Heart contest.
I don’t have to have anything except a chair and a computer—although it helps if I can have some peace and quiet, too. LOL
I’d travel to medieval England simply because I’m so fascinated by that period in history—and how people lived. But I would only do that if I could get back! LOL
I think my romantic suspense title INSIDE would make a really great movie. It’s actually been optioned, so we’ll see if it ever hits the big screen. As the lead actor…maybe Charlie Hunnam? I’m super in love with him right now. LOL
I’m not sure…. Maybe that I bike 25 miles per day?
When I was seven months pregnant with my oldest son, we were really into mountain biking. We took a trip to Moab to do some of the trails they have there, and when I look back at that, I shake my head at my stupidity. I was riding with a big belly in front of me on the rim of a canyon that wasn’t six inches wide and was strewn with rocks—and I was riding hard and fast, trying to keep up with two men. I could so easily have hit something the wrong way and sailed off into the canyon. I would kill one of my kids if they ever did something so foolhardy. LOL
I write about “real” people, meaning my characters are not perfect. That makes almost every book a redemption story because we all have to figure out who we really are and make changes to become who we want to be. I hope my stories give people hope that they can be as admirable as they want to be, and that true love really exists.
This is always an easy question for me. Believe. If you truly believe in yourself and your work, you will learn, practice, learn, practice, and keeping learning and practicing until you get that lucky break.
Night or Day?
Um…cat? LOL (Rocco – RIGHT ANSWER,MEOW!)
asteak salad (ROCCO: Very diplomatic, meow!)
Virgin Pina Colada (I don’t drink—Ha)
Alaska (I’m dying to see it)
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