What is your book about?
The Doctor and the War Widow is about Harley Michel, a lonely widow who has also just lost her mother. On a dare, she enters an internet dating site. After some disastrous encounters, she meets a handsome foreign doctor, but their past entanglements and hangups threaten their happiness. Harley still grieves for her husband, killed in Iraq. Abisi, the doctor, is also widowed, but he was once involved with a woman who still harbors feelings for him. She causes him and Harley a lot of grief.
What inspired you to write this story?
Well, internet dating is a very timely topic, and I liked the idea of two people who had a complicated history getting together.
Why will readers relate to your characters?
Most people want to find true love, and many now internet date. Harley and Abisi have complicated pasts and lives. Many people who have a history do.
Tell us a little about your characters.
I don’t have a favorite character, but I think both of them are admirable. Harley wants true love but is holding onto her past. She has to change a great deal and take risks. Many people fear that.
Who is your most unusual/likable character?
I loved writing the character of her friend Donna. She is a true friend and very laid back.
What is your goal for the book?
I’d like people to see that risk-taking is acceptable and that true love is something we should all seek. Sometimes, loving means getting hurt, but it can also lead to real romance. They travel from New Orleans to London and then to Liverpool. It’s in Liverpool that he proposes marriage.
Do you have a favorite snack food or favorite beverage that you enjoy while you write?
I love red wine when I write.
Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes, I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t always follow my dream. I only really started pursuing the craft in the last few years.
What writer influenced you the most?
Louisa May Alcott. I read “Little Women” and thought I was Jo. She made me want to write.
Where can people find out more about you and your books?