A superhero in Hessian riding boots? Read on and find out more…
If you were to write the ‘origin’s episode’ of your writing what would be the most important scenes?
They would be where I shred then burn my first attempts. Without a doubt they were some of the worst words strung together I’d ever seen. What I thought I knew about writing I learned in high school.
Even with all the reading I’d done over the years it hadn’t prepared me for what I needed to learn. It wasn’t until I joined a local writers group did I learn how to write a book. Even with help from fellow writers and taking workshops it took writing hundreds of thousands of words before I barely started to get it right.
What did your early efforts look like? Are they still around to be used as bribes and blackmail material?
Imagine if you will, a first grader writing a story and that’ll give you an idea what my first attempts looked and read like. Dialogue not making sense, choppy and ending with “he said-she said”. I had no idea about using different kinds of tags until I started taking workshops. Fortunately none of my early works exist so forget about looking for them to blackmail me.
All super heroes have their mild-mannered secret identity, what is yours? I promise we won’t tell.
If you announced it to the world trust me some wouldn’t believe you no matter how hard you try to convince them otherwise. As you’ll see in the photo further down this page contrary to what my name is I’m actually a man.
Who are your partners in crime? What are their superpowers?
They started to make their appearance in November of 2012 when my debut regency was released. Up until then and even continuing now I write contemporary suspense but it’s my regency characters who are truly my friends. When I’m off to save the Crown from traitors or proving someone innocent of murder I know they’re right there waiting for me to call on them for assistance.
Where do you get your superpowers from?
I wish there was a simple answer to this question. Heck, I’ll even settle for a complex one. Since most of my regencies are series sometimes I’ll get an idea for one in the current book I’m writing. A lot of times the idea comes from a “what if” question. For example- What if the heroine isn’t perfect will the hero accept her? This is what I used for The Masked Lady and The Murder.
Where is your secret lair and what does it look like?
Back in September 2012 I moved my secret lair from Connecticut to Central Texas and if I told you where it wouldn’t be secret any more, now would it.
Imagine a room approximately 12X12 where you eat, sleep, watch TV and write.
I know it’s not much but I like it here but plan to move on someday.
What kind of training do you do to keep your superpowers in world saving form? How do you insure they are used only for good?
Well I don’t run, work out at the gym or walk miles a day but my fingers are in great shape. I try to spend anywhere from eight to ten hours six to seven days a week. Every so often I do take a break.
What can I say, I’m addicted to writing.
Granted, you probably don’t’ get to wear your superhero costume a lot, but if you did, what would it look like?
If I was able to find a proper tailor in Central Texas who would be able to craft riding britches of buckskin and a tailored shirt along with Hessian riding boots I’d wear them when out and about town. As it is, depending on the temperature I wear jeans or shorts with a simple t-shirt of grey.
In my superhero hideout it’s definitely shorts and said t-shirt. Boring but functional and it works.
What is your kryptonite? What are the biggest challenges faced with in your writing?
Brain freeze. No ladies and the few gentlemen who are reading this, I’m not talking about what happens when you partake of excessive amounts of ice cream. I’m referring to what happens when I spend to many days writing without taking a break.
When it comes to challenges it’s finding the hours in the day to write all the books swimming around in my head. Currently in the Markson Regency Mystery series I’ve release book two and already have story lines for two more. Not to mention I came across a perfect heroine name the other day and am trying to come up with a story line to go with it.
What important lessons have you learned along the way?
You have to be true to yourself and your writing. Fear nothing and no one especially nasty reviews.
What have been the best/most memorable experiences along the way?
I’d love to say seeing my very first, second or nineteenth book published was the most memorable but it’s not. For me it’s watching my fingers put words down on the page creating stories for people to read that will take them to a different time and place.
If you did this again what would you do differently and what would you not change?
Simply put I wouldn’t change a thing. The whole process from 2006 to now has and continues to be a learning experience.
The Guilty Countess, the second in the Markson Regency Mystery series, is a direct follow up to The Masked Lady Lady and The Murder. What makes this book so interesting is it involves the hero’s sister. To give you a taste of what the story is about I present you with the blurb-
Accused of murdering her husband, Lady Donna Kersey turns to the only people who can prove her innocence, her brother and his new bride.
As Robert and Kristina start their search for the real killer they learn the murder might be more complicated than first thought. Uncovering evidence sends the three in pursuit of a possible suspect only to find this person is innocent, or is he not guilty of the murder but not something else.
When Robert and Kristina learn Lord Kersey might not be exactly who they believe him to be that’s when the facts become murky. It takes a surprise visit by Kristina’s brother to help set the record straight which only adds more confusion to the facts.
Will Robert and Kristina find the killer of Lord Kersey before the authorities take Lady Kersey away in irons?
Now if this doesn’t get your interest, I don’t know what will. After you finish reading, or even before starting it you might want to check out the first one to learn how the hero and heroine meet. That alone will have you hooked on the series.
At the series title goes these book are all mysteries with interesting twists and turns. Also, Lord and Lady Markson don’t pay attention to the class of the person involved but will take on any case which comes their way.
What’s in store for you in the future? Do you have any other big projects on the horizon?
Besides working on the above mentioned mystery series I’m in the process of planning out a romance, yes folks you read that right, series. This one will revolve around a ducal family as the brothers, sisters et al search for love.
I’ll also be doing several holiday regencies starting with this Christmas with A Bluestockings Christmas. This one will have romance along with a touch of suspense to add spice to the story.
In conclusion I should point out my regencies will be more on the sweet side.
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