First Romance Novel?
The first romance novel I can remember buying for myself was Castles by Julie Garwood. It had a purple cover with a sparkling castle on it, that appealed to both to my love of fantasy and my tendency to go "ooh, shiny!"But the novel that really addicted me to the genre was the Harlequin Love and Laughter edition of Anyone But You by Jennifer Crusie not only was it great and funny (with a dog!) but the series packaging told me that there were more of these books out there.
Favorite books to read as a child or teenager?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis; The Immortals series by Tamora Pierce; The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander; The Enchanted Forest Chronicles by Patricia C. Wrede; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams; The Discworld series by Terry Pratchett; The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan; anything by David Eddings... basically, I read a LOT of fantasy as a child and teenager... Then I discovered romance and I've been alternating back and forth between my genres ever since.
What do you love about working in publishing?
Working with authors. Being surrounded by books. Spending huge chunks of a day thinking about and talking about stories, and getting paid for it. Finding books (and authors!) that I fall in love with and then getting to help make said books even better. Spending the work week interacting with people who love books as much as I do. Having the chance to come to work and be passionate about and invested in what I’m working on. Oh, and did I mention the books?
If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Being the huge geek that I am, I've put a lot of thought into this one, and I've decided that I really want the ability to use the magic system described in whatever book I am holding. The better described the magic system, the easier it would be to use. I'm thinking it would work rather like Jim C. Hines's Libromancer, but with magic instead of physical objects.But if I can't have that, I would be willing to accept teleportation as a substitute.
Do you have any pets?
Yes, I have a very
smart, very black, cat named Isis. And, as is proper in a cat named
after a goddess, she's convinced that she is the center of the universe.
Here she is 'helping' me work.