Your Cupcake Lovers series is the most irresistible combination of gorgeous romance and delicious cake! What inspired you to create this series?
Thank you for your kind words! I have to say this series is a delight to write. As to how it all began . . . My American editor had approached me with the possibility of writing a small town series revolving around a ‘cupcake club’. My baking skills are limited, but I love eating cupcakes and I adored the idea of writing an on-going small town series featuring recurring characters and a running story arc — although each book highlights the romance of a new hero and heroine. As soon as I created the history and mission of this cupcake club — known as The Cupcake Lovers — everything fell into place for me. Sugar Creek, Vermont, and all of the characters that populate that fictional town, are as real to me as my friends and family. Researching cupcakes is a yummy bonus!
Was it always your ambition to be a writer? What do you love most about your job?
I’ve always been a creative soul. Although I dabbled with writing when I was quite young, my driving force early on was music. I started singing professionally at age fourteen and maintained a career as a performer (singing, dancing, acting) for more than twenty-five years. It wasn’t until I was in my thirties that I was seriously bitten by the writing bug. At that point my passion turned to storytelling, and that passion burns stronger by the day. As to what I love most about this job, that’s easy — making a positive difference in a reader’s life even if only for a few hours.
Do you have favourites out of the characters you’ve created? What type of hero makes you melt?
To date I have more than twenty books in print and more in the immediate pipeline, so that’s a lot of characters! I must admit, it’s quite difficult to choose favourites. I love all of my characters for different reasons. Focusing on The Cupcake Lovers series, as far as the ladies go, I have a real soft spot for Rocky and Rachel/Rae. Very different heroines, but equally compelling. I also adore Daisy Monroe, the eccentric matriarch of the Monroe family. She’s a hoot! As for the men . . . Jayce and Sam ring my bell big time. Jayce has a massive protective streak. Sam’s the strong, silent type—a widower raising two small children. Both men are deep and complicated and extremely alpha. Intimidating, yet sexy.
I’m also head over heels for Luke. I adore his kind nature, his joy for life, and love of family. He’s a good man with a minor learning issue. More on the beta side, but just as sexy. Down-to-earth and charmingly irresistible.
Who are the authors you read for pleasure?
Too many to fully list, but here are a few. Nora Roberts, Julie Garwood, Heather Graham, Zoë Archer, F.Paul Wilson, Karen Marie Moning, Elle J Rossi, Stephanie Bond . . . Happily, the list goes on and on.
If you could take only three essentials with you to a desert island what would they be?
A riveting book to read over and over. A journal and pen to chronicle my adventure (or to make something up for escapism). Lipstick—preferably red.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Coffee—black and strong and lots of it. Chinese food. My dogs and cat. Movies. Reading.
Who would be on your dream dinner party guest list?
Daniel Craig, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, and Gerard Butler. (Is that wrong?)
Your cupcake recipes are always mouth-watering! Have you tried them all? Which would you recommend we try to bake?!
Hmm. Well, they’re not my recipes. My recipes need work. (Not that you heard that from me.) The recipes included in the back of the books were submitted by readers who are avid bakers! I haven’t tried them all, but I have tasted most and they are all equally yummy! I adore the fact that readers — Honorary Cupcake Lovers — are willing to share their recipes and I invite anyone to email me with a submission should they be inspired!
We’re so excited to read ANYTHING BUT LOVE! Can you tell us a little of what readers can expect from book three in the series?
ANYTHING BUT LOVE is quite close to my heart as it features two of the most gentle-hearted characters I have ever written. Luke and Rae possess hearts as big as the planet however they come from opposite sides of the tracks in more ways than one. This particular story focuses heavily on making the most of a life you didn’t plan. It also delves deeply into family members at odds and how those relationships evolve. Readers will be treated to an emotional tale sprinkled with the sexy set-up for book four — IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. And of course, in addition to the romance and family drama, ANYTHING BUT LOVE features the on-going antics and adventure of the Cupcake Lovers!