Frequently asked questions:
(AKA "all the questions you thought of but were afraid to ask")
Q: Is that you on the cover of Lust for Danger?
A: Uh, no. That is a computer-generated person. And I would never wear pink lipstick.
Q: Are those grenades live?
A: No, but it will still hurt if I throw one at you.
Q: Why do you use your initials as your pen name?
A: Because no one can ever get my name right.
Q: What are the most common questions you get at booksignings?
A: Where is the bathroom? And where are the Harry Potter books? The bathrooms are near the food court, and I believe Harry Potter is in children’s.
Q: What are your favorite books?
A: The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde; The Hound of the Baskervilles, by Arthur Conan Doyle; and The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas. And I always enjoy a good thesaurus.
Q: What are your favorite television shows?
A: Burn Notice. You mean there are other shows? Oh, okay, South Park, too. I used to watch COPS for research purposes. If you yell at the television, it helps the police officers.
Q: What is your favorite sport?
A: Hockey. I used to play goalie, and was the first woman to play in the men’s league where I used to live. And, by the way, when you watch professional hockey, it does help your team if you yell at the television.
Q: Where do you get your ideas?
A: Anything can spark an idea. I was cleaning out a drawer from a piece of furniture I had purchased and there was a little stain in it. Of course, I assumed it was blood, that there had been a murder, I was wiping away valuable evidence…
Q: What do you do about Writer’s Block?
A: People ask me that a lot. I can usually always write about something, just not necessarily what I’m supposed to be writing. Keeping that flow going is important. However, when you NEED to get something done, I have used music to set the mood in which I need to write. Let’s say I was writing a scene about a hired killer. I might pick “Dirty Deeds” by AC/DC to listen to, and then just play it over and over again til either my brain exploded, or something came out of it in writing.
Q: What, exactly, do you do for work now?
A: I perform computer consulting services for a number of local companies, both on-site and via internet.
Q: What kind of camera do you use?
A: I have two Canon EOS Elans, with Canon lenses. I now use digital cameras, also Canons.
Q: So, if I buy a Canon EOS Elan, I assume I can take pictures like you do?
A: Yeah, so write that down.
Q: What other celebrities have you met?
A: Sting, Tony Roberts, Jeff Speakman, Johnny Unitas, Jude Cole, Dennis Chambers, Warren Murphy, Helen Chappell, Marty MacSorely, Michael Chiklis, Willie Mays, Christine Lavin, off the top of my head..