Spence is a good cop who isn’t scared of anything—except love. And he’s done everything he can to preserve his reputation as a womanizer—a reputation that keeps marriage-minded women, including Melody, at bay. And yet…there’s something about Melody he can’t forget. Something his heart can’t ignore.
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Q: Melody’s “marriage charms” (from the bet she made with her friends about getting married and not settling for anyone but the right one in THE MARRIAGE PACT) seem to be working perfectly! At one point in this book, Melody thinks about making a marriage charm for Junie. Is it the pact, or the charm—or both!—that are working their “spell” on the girls?A: I think it’s mainly the pact, the shared intention and the personal energy these friends have invested in their project. The charms, however, are VERY powerful, as most symbols are.Q: Do you work with a specific ‘image’ in mind when creating your characters? Do you base them on people you’ve met or know, or are they more composites of real-life and your imagination?
A: I often base my characters’ appearance on a famous person, but then they evolve and become themselves, in my mind and, hopefully, the reader’s, too.
Q: Have there been any books, romance or other genres, that have greatly influenced you as a writer? What are they?
A: I have been influenced by SO many books over my life and career. Like most writers, I love to read, and I learn something from every writer I come across. I enjoy meaty historical novels especially—Dorothy Dunnett is a favorite of mine, and I loved all of Taylor Caldwell’s books, too.
Q: Every writer has her own routines and methods. How do you spend a typical writing day?
A: After a personal quiet time, exercise and breakfast, I head for my office, Monday through Friday, and spend around 5 hours at my computer, actually putting words on the screen. That said, computer time is really only a part of the process, at least for me. I do a lot of thinking, walking, reading and daydreaming. It’s a difficult thing to quantify.
Q: Can you give us a sneak peak into the next book in the series, THE MARRIAGE SEASON? (We have our fingers crossed that it’s finally Bex’s turn!)
A: Yep, THE MARRIAGE SEASON is Bex’s story. Bex wants very much to be a bride, like her friends, Melody and Hadleigh, but, marriage pact or none, she has her doubts, too. After all, she loved and tragically lost one Mr. Right—can there really be another man like him? All right, Tate Calder seems promising. But can she bring herself to risk another broken heart?
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