Where do you get the ideas for your stories?
They come from a variety of sources. My first book, Not On My Bucket List, was based on an online conversation with someone in another country that got me thinking, “What if?” My third book, I Love You Ten Million Times Over, actually came to me in a dream.
And the exotic locations for your stories? Have you visited them?
Yes. I want my readers to be taken on a certain amount of fantasy, setting my books in locales, sometimes exotic, that they may not have visited. I also hope that in this way they will learn about people in other countries, how they live, how they think.
And you also seem to set your books against current events.
Definitely. They may be fiction, but I want them to have a relevance to today, to events we may still be dealing with.
Immigrants and immigrant’s rights seems to be a recurring theme with you.
Absolutely. I am never shy about reminding people that we are a nation of immigrants.
What do you want readers to take away from your books, remember about them?
That love can be found anywhere. It crosses international borders, different cultures. And that there is an absolute worth to every individual.
Here is an excerpt from the book I am currently working on, High Water Mark, set amid the historic floods in Venice in 2019.