Raw Silk was actually my very first novel. I wrote it in a passionate rush, pouring all my personal fantasies onto the page. The book chronicles one woman’s journey to discover her sexual identity — not just an emotional journey but also a physical relocation to foreign culture where all her assumptions about herself crumble.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol was part of my family’sholiday tradition for as far back as I could remember. Ananimated television special shown every year (with squinty eyed character Mr. Magoo playing the role of the miser Scrooge) firstintroduced me to the story. I was probably ten or eleven when Iread the original. Even at that age, I could appreciate themessages embedded in the tale: love is much more&a
I'm not beautiful. Never have been. I've got a long face (a “horse face”, some would call it) and I'm so myopic I've worn coke-bottle glasses since I was seven years old. For most of my life I've been plumper than what is currently fashionable. Throughout childhood and my teen years I was awkward and socially inept, the shy, smart girl whom most guys avoided, either out of disinterest or feelings of inadequacy.
Then, when I reached my mid-twenties, I suddenly became a sex goddess.
Honestly? A major reason was that Totally Bound asked me to! However, I also felt that the earlier story left many issues to be explored. The word limit for short stories means that things sometimes feel unfinished.
No one ever taught me how to write a novel... I didn’t think about any of this while I was writing. However, I’ve been reading novels for as long as I can remember – lots and lots of novels. I assume that I’ve unconsciously absorbed quite a lot of knowledge about the typical structure of long fiction.
• Provence, France. The Provence region offers everything I could desire in a vacation spot: dramatic and varied scenery, luscious food, incredible wine, world-famous museums, two millennia of history and the friendliest people imaginable (willing to ignore my execrable French grammar, LOL). From the medieval dwellings clinging to the hills of Les Baux to the gracious Art Deco buildings in Nice, the ancient cathedral in Avignon to the lavender fields in St. Rémy, each corner of this compact area offers something new and exciting.
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