Below is a little Q&A I did for another blog spot and thought the questions were well thought out and interesting. I hope you’ll agree and hopefully pick up a little more information about Treasure of Love and me. And a little later, for those of you who don’t know me, I’ll share a little bit about myself. You’ll probably be bored to tears, but because everything is always about me, me, me, you’ll read and you better darn well like it. J
Tell us a little about Treasure of Love. How did you come up with the title?
Treasure of Love is the second book of a four book series of independent novels with recurring characters and locations and that began with Wings of Love and will conclude with Bounty of Love and Foundation of Love both due to be released August and December respectively. Treasure of Love is the story of Jack Cameron, a character you first met in Wings of Love that had a very hard time accepting the fact that Mac Cleary, the man to which his late sister had been married, fell head over heels in love with Brad Mitchell. He fought the relationship tooth and nail and was almost successful in destroying it before it began. In Treasure of Love he explores his homophobia and realizes that his over reaction was caused mostly by fear and a buried attraction to the same sex.
What is the hardest scene you had to write in Treasure of Love?
Wow, that’s a tuff one. I guess two scenes were very important to me. The first was when Jack has the realization that he might be gay. I wanted that scene to be as realistic as possible because for those of us that have been through it, we know it can be and usually is a painful process and deserves tons of respect. The second was the first time he and Dax make love. I wanted that scene to be sweet and eye opening for Jack. I especially wanted him to feel like this connection is what’s he been lacking all of his life and now he has it with Dax and he’s not letting go.
Tell us something about Jackson Cameron and why will readers like him?
I really didn’t like Jack very much in Wings of Love or in the beginning of Treasure of Love, but I soon developed a respect for him when he realized the emotions he was fighting and owned up to his feelings. By the middle of the story I was pulling for he and Dax and I hope the readers will feel the same way.
Why is Jackson, who is sure he is straight, attracted to Dax?
People are attracted to whom they are attracted and I believe that if being in a same sex relationship was as “normal” and accepted as heterosexual relationships and it was okay to be attracted to a person regardless of their sex, there would be many more supposed “straight” people in same sex relationships. So to answer your question, I believe that Jack was man enough to acknowledge his attraction, which shattered everything he thought about himself, and try to explore his feelings and I so admire him for that.
Tell us something about the relationship between Dax and Jackson. Why will readers be rooting for them to be together or will they?
In the beginning, Dax has no idea that Jack is experiencing these feelings for him. In fact, he believes Jack to be straight as an arrow and he’s very frustrated because he’s experiencing the same feelings. When things finally start to develop, Dax knows Jack is struggling and is ever patient and supportive, which I hope will make the readers pull for them. It certainly did for me.
What was your first reaction when you got a glimpse of your cover art?
Now for the fun stuff. Do you have any guilty pleasures?
Oh yeah! Most people have this sweet tooth, but not me. I’ll trade sweets every day of the week for meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Of course my waistline can’t accommodate it, but boy is it nice top think about it.
Name one thing readers would be surprised to know about you.
Wow, another tough one! Let’s see, maybe that I captain our forty-two motor yacht, which oddly enough is where I do most of my writing.
If you didn’t have to worry about counting calories or fat, what’s the first food you’d reach for?
Da! Meatloaf and mashed potatoes.
As an author, what makes a book great in your eyes?
I love a mystery thriller with an underlying love story and believe it or not the mystery thriller part is the hardest part to write. My writing process starts out with an outline and I hammer out the story, but with mystery thrillers my outline never really stays true to the story. My characters always take on a life of their own and as many times as I try to stick to my outline, the characters have other ideas. With a mystery thriller, I never really know “who done it,” until the story starts to develop and goes in a certain direction and the guilty one always shows his or her true colors.
If someone hasn’t read any of your work, what book would you recommend they start with and why?
“Wings of Love” is a great story about loss and loving again and it holds a special place in my heart, so I would start there.
What are you working on now that your readers can look forward to?
I’m in the editing stage of “Foundation of Love” and working on the outline for “Ruby Lode.” Many readers have asked for a sequel to Final Encore and I’ve been playing around with a plotline for that as well.