Good morning! It's a beautiful sunny beginning to the day here in Western Pennsylvania. I'm working on my 63rd book for Harlequin. My 69th altogether, when I include books written for other publishers! And 73rd when I include the stories I published on my website. I'm very excited about that.
This August, I start a new series for Harlequin Romance, Manhattan Babies. The stories take place in the rarified world of high finance. I wanted to experiment with what would happen when extremely wealthy men found themselves with a baby. LOL I love stories about how love – real love – changes people.
My aim is to deliver a heartwarming story that reminds readers that family and love go hand in hand, and that deep down inside most of us are looking for home – more than a place to hang our hats, but a place to love and be loved.
Sweet, funny or sad, my characters make some serious lemonade out of their lemons! Because that's how I see life. I have three kids...one of whom struggled withepilepsy and passed away far too soon. Raising him taught me (and my husband and our other two children) that sometimes a situation that seems bad can have its blessings.
Also, being raised in a family of 11 kids (yes, 11) I learned a lot about sharing and how love encompasses more than just romance.
Having been with my husband for a long time, I still believe the best thing in life is romantic love. Being treasured, respected and wanted.
So settle in with a cup of cocoa and one of my books.
Amazon.com: Where are you from? How--if at all--has your sense of place colored your writing?
S.M.: I'm from the small city of Johnstown, Pensylvania. Johnstown
has a particularly warm environment. The city definitely colors my
writing because most of my stories have a warm, personal
Amazon.com: When and why did you begin writing? When did you
first consider yourself a writer?
S.M.: I started writing one month before my 30th birthday when I
realized I hadn't accomplished my personal vision for myself. I had
no contacts and didn't really consider myself a writer until I hooked
up with other romance authors in western PA. Luckily, they
showed me the ropes and I became published a few short years
later. THAT was when I considered myself a writer!
Amazon.com: Who or what has influenced your writing, and in
what way? What books have most influenced your life?
S.M.: I adore Nora Roberts and Susan Elizabeth Phillips. But more
than anyone else Dean Koontz influenced me because I used his
book WRITING BEST SELLING FICTION as a guide.
Amazon.com: What is the most romantic book you've ever read?
The scariest? The funniest?
S.M.: The most romantic book I've ever read? I love them all. The
current romance novelists are some of the most romantic writers
ever. It's hard to pick a favorite!
Amazon.com: What music, if any, most inspires you to write? What
do you like to listen to while writing?
S.M.: I love country music! In fact, Toby Keith's song, "We Were In
Love" actually inspired the story for GUESS WHAT, WE'RE
Amazon.com: What are you reading now? What CD is currently in
S.M.: I'm reading a book by my friend Lauren Nichols, ACCIDENTAL HERO.
Amazon.com: What are you working on?
S.M.: I'm currently working on an extremely funny, emotional series
for Silhouette Romance set in Pennsylvania and based upon the
lives of three men who inherit triplets when their father not only
marries a much younger woman but is killed with her in an
The stories are funny, but incredibly emotional as the brothers deal
with both the loss of their father and the realization that they have
infant siblings. The books are slated for publication next year. In
June the last of the Texas Family Ties book, THE RANCHER
AND THE HEIRESS will be released.
Amazon.com: Use this space to write about whatever you wish.
S.M.: Reading and writing romance has been the most wonderful
experience of my life. I've learned a great deal from the heros and
heroines of these books becuase the stories mirror real life.
updated version 12/12/17