Have you ever been heartbroken? How did you get over it?
Many many times. I had lots of short, painful romances when I was younger and then long, painful ones as I got a little older. I’m actually in my 2nd marriage, and, thankfully, it is very happy at 6 years running. Every heartache is different, but for me I would dive into my work, whether it be writing or performing and keep my brain busy. I’d hang out with friends and meet new people to replace that one that was now missing. Some of my most productive times are when I’m sad. I’m happy now, and I feel like I’m “cheating” on my husband and kids when I disappear into my office to write.
What’s your favorite part about crafting romantic scenes?
Most of my writing in the past has been for middle grade or has been academic, so romantic scenes aren’t my usual thing. In 2012 I got a job ghostwriting a series of adult romantic novellas. They were jam-packed with romance scenes. I guess what I want to accomplish is to have them feel natural and not sound corny or fake. I like dialogue that is playful and teasing and descriptions that are tantalizing but not graphic. I feel like I’ve done a good job only if I have a huge need to eat some chocolate and give my hubby a squeeze when I’m finished.