What are you most proud of in your personal life?
Creating a family. I’m sort of an orphan, and I always wanted a family. So I had to create one. I’m also very proud of working to change my career at this point in life. It is not easy to practice law all day and write and promote fiction at night. But I accept the challenge and keep working at it. I want to be a fiction writer more than a lawyer, and I’m going to work to make that happen.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved Louisa May Alcott when I was in elementary school. I read all of her books over and over, but An Old Fashioned Girl was my favorite. I’ve read it too many times to count. Then, when I got a little older I discovered Mary Stewart. Not only does she tell a marvelous story, her prose is beautiful. I read her books countless times, too; but I particularly love Nine Coaches Waiting. And of course, I love Jayne Eyre and everything Jane Austin wrote. I read a lot of poetry in graduate school. My major figure was W.B. Yeats, and I also read T.S. Eliot to distraction and Emily Dickinson. I lived in Dublin for six months back in the 1970′s while I was studying Yeats. I learned a lot.
Who is your favorite author?
In addition to the ones named in the last question, I like Jody Picoult, Karen White, Anita Shreve, Rosamond Pilcher, Scott Turow, John Grisham, and Tom Clancy. (Kind of an eclectic mix.)
What book genre do you adore?
Real romantic suspense – the ones that Mary Stewart wrote, where you have a complete mystery and a complete love story in the same book. I think a love story should be about the development of the characters as they discover each other. I’m not a fan of books where it’s just all sex. That’s too shallow for my taste. I want to get to know the people in the story, what they feel, and why they wind up together.
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you?
My children have been extremely supportive. My daughter was my earliest reader though all the versions of the book. My youngest computer genius child created my website and advised me about online marketing. My second son has encouraged me to keep writing. And my friends are just the best. They support my internet marketing efforts and make me feel great when I see their “likes” on Facebook. I count myself blessed to have such wonderful family and friends.
In January 1997, Princess Diana received a phone call telling her she would be assassinated. She recorded the information on a secret video tape, naming her killer and gave it to a trusted friend in America for safekeeping. It has never been found.
Diana’s close friend, Nicholas Carey, the 18th Duke of Burnham and second richest man in England, has vowed to find the tape and expose her killer. After years of searching, he discovers Diana gave the tape to British socialite Mari Cuniff, who died in New York under mysterious circumstances. He believes Wall Street attorney Taylor Collins, the executor of Mari’s estate, has possession of it. He lures Taylor to England by promising to sell his ancestral home in Kent, Burnham Abbey, to one of her clients, a boarding school for American girls. Nicholas has dated actresses and models since the death of his wife, ten years earlier, and has no interest in falling in love again. But he is immediately and unexpectedly overwhelmed with feelings for Taylor at their first meeting.
Taylor, unaware that Diana’s tape is in her long-time friend and client’s estate and nursing her hurt over her broken engagement to a fellow attorney in her firm, brands Nicholas supremely spoiled and selfish. She is in a hurry to finish the sale of the Abbey and return to New York. But while working in the Abbey’s library, Taylor uncovers the diary of Thomas Carey, a knight at the court of Henry VIII and the first Duke of Burnham. As she reads Thomas’ agonizing struggle to save the love of his life and the mother of his child from being forced to become Henry’s mistress, she begins to see Nicholas in a new light as he battles to save his sixteen-year-old ward Lucy, who is desperately unhappy and addicted to cocaine. But just as Taylor’s feelings for Nicholas become clear and at the moment she realizes she is in possession of Diana’s voice from the grave, she learns that Nicholas may be Lucy’s father and responsible for his wife’s death at the Abbey at the time of Lucy’s birth. When Nicholas is arrested for Lucy’s murder and taken to Wandsworth Prison, Taylor sets out to learn the truth about Nicholas, his late wife, and the death of the Princess of Wales.
Dance for A Dead Princess is a the story of two great loves that created and preserved a family that has lasted for five hundred years.
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Genre – Contemporary Romance,Mystery
Rating – G
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