Tell us something about yourself both writing and not writing related.
I originally ventured into publishing my work to inspire my daughter, an avid reader and writer. One day I hope we work on a project together. Unrelated to writing is the fact that we both love musical theatre and I volunteer in the costume department of my daughter’s youth theatre.
Do you have a writing routine? Where do you usually do your writing?
My writing routine is varied but usually at night, after 9pm the opportunity arises. A computer is set up in the family room and that’s where I tap away at my current projects.
I'm impressed. I can't imagine starting to write after 9:00pm. My brain barely wants to function creatively when I write after I get home from work at 3:30pm. Why do you write in the genre/sub-genre that you do? Any plans in the future to write in a different one?
I write romance, mainly historically themed, and romantic sagas with a plot and character driven story. Though I’ve written contemporary romance and young adult medieval/fantasy stories. I plan to publish all of them eventually.
How do you stay motivated when writer’s block hits or your muse won’t cooperate?
If I’m hit with writer’s block I usually take a break from my current work and tinker with another project. Re-reading or editing helps me to think through the issues that crop up. Also, taking a complete break away from the project can help ideas flow freely.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research?
I’m not sure I’ve done any ‘strange’ things in the name of research. I read a lot of ancient and medieval historical fiction and I daydream about my stories and characters.
What’s the best writing advice you were ever given?
Wow, I’ve had lots of amazing advice but the best advice is to connect with other writers. Join a writers group and network with like-minded people. I like the philosophy of ‘pay it forward’ and I help fellow writers wherever I can as payback for all the fantastic help I’ve received along the way.
Networking with other writers is great advice. What do you like to do in your leisure time?
My leisure time is spent with family. We enjoy theatre, movies, travel, museums and having themed dinner parties.
Tell us about your current release in a couple of sentences.
My current release is Taurus, book II of the Imperial Desire series. A Roman girl runs from her brother, the emperor, into the hand of their sworn enemy. Taurus would do anything to provoke the Romans, even ruin an imperial sister. Can true love overcome lust, lies and deceit? Taurus is available from Amazon kindle exclusively until July 17th.
Can you tell us a little about your next project?
My next project is one I’m publishing within the coming month. A Rose for Lancaster, is a romance set during the war of the roses about a York woman forced into a marriage contract to please Henry VII. http://christineelaineblack.blogspot.ca/p/a-rose-for-lancaster.html
Sounds great! Anything else you’d like to share?
It’s been my pleasure to be a guest and many thanks, Katherine, for hosting me on your blog. Everyone is welcome to drop by my website, facebook and to find me on twitter using the links provided.