Now for an Excerpt:
He moved to walk away, and she reached for his arm before she could think just how dangerous such contact could be. He halted, and even when he looked at her fingers clutched on his forearm, she did not remove them. It suddenly felt important she touch him; that he understood she had care for what he said or asked her.
Even though the physical contact set her heart racing, she held her grasp. ‘Why do you ask me about your family?’
He closed his eyes and dropped his chin to his chest.
Disquiet whispered through her. What had caused such uncharacteristic hesitation in him?
‘Joseph…’ She slid her hand from his arm, ignoring the pang of loss that the break of contact brought. ‘If there’s something bothering you, please, share it with me.’
He slowly raised his head, his blue eyes full of irritation once more. ‘I will, but not here. Not on the street. I’d prefer to come to your office tomorrow.’
How was she supposed to wait until tomorrow? Her curiosity was rife. It was clear something had changed between them. Something, it seemed, of which she was the cause.
She nodded. ‘I’ll send a message to you first thing in the morning.’
‘Thank you. Until then, I bid you good day.’
He walked away, leaving Elizabeth with questions and words flailing on her tongue. She stared after him, fearful of the pull deep in her chest that Joseph’s concerns had somehow become hers. No good could come of such caring. Her only goal should be proving her worth and capability in Pennington’s and beyond. She could not allow one man, any man, to have such an effect on her.
She inhaled a long breath and walked towards Pennington’s doors.
Describe a perfect writing day. At my desk by 8:30 a.m. and working through to 5:30 p.m. with a couple of dog walks in between. I’m very happy when I have a 3,000 word day but these don’t happen as much as I’d like.
What are some of your go-to methods for writing? My process is simple – get the first draft done without looking back and then tweak and polish in the following drafts until I believe the book is the best it can be and then it’s passed over to my editor.
Where is your favorite place you've visited (or wish to visit)? I absolutely loved Verona when we visited a few years ago and would love to go back. On my wish list is Mauritius and Washington. Two very different places, I know!
You have a time travel machine: past of future? Where/when? Ooh, definitely past! I would love to be a fly on the wall in so many past eras. Tudor, Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian and I’d be happy.
If you could meet one famous person, living or dead, who would it be? Oprah – she’s been a huge inspiration to me since I was around the age of 14. I admire how she has learned so much from her journey and uses her platform to inform, inspire and empower. I’m pretty sure I could sit and talk with her all day.
Morning rooster, night owl, or midday lark? A bit of all three – I don’t really have an optimum time, I just get on with whatever the day entails.
What comes first, character or plot (or other)? An idea for a plot is usually first and then I have to find the right characters to fit the story. Location/setting is also a huge starting point for me. Especially with my historical work.