New Orleans girl-turned Alaskan, Cherime MacFarlane, author of Family Knots, Heart of the Hunter, Highland Light, Death Wish, Rhythm and Blues, and Cougar Hunt, has done it all. She's run the river with a handsome Scot, was a cocktail waitress, news reporter, boat mechanic, roadie, paralegal, to name a few. She writes romance from both the male and female perspective equally well. Cherime likes butter pecan ice cream, Robert Plant, and anything Scottish. She described herself to me the day we met as "no shrinking violet." She truly is an interesting woman.
Martin Skate is a stand up comedian, a marathon runner, and author of The Spike Collection, a collection of stories from laugh-out-loud funny to deeply touching. Martin has a relaxed and warm writing style, making the reader feel like he's sitting down with a friend having a great conversation. This tall, friendly Londoner likes good, thin-crust pizza, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Doctor Who, and has this things for onions.
When I was in grade school, I read Angel Unaware by Dale Evans about how she and Roy Rogers dealt with the loss of their little girl and I was deeply touched. When Crystal Gauthier mentioned this book to me, it was like the book recommending a person, I knew I would like her! Crystal, author of Troianne, has been writing since she was ten years old. She likes Coldplay, good old southern cooking and Ernest Hemingway.
Maria Grazia Swan, author of Gemini Moon and Italian Summer, and I share a love of Venice, pasta, and chocolate. She writes suspense novels with a strong romantic elements she likes to call Romantic Suspense. Her blog is called "Stories My Grandfather Told Me." She would like to visit Australia and New Zealand. She has some really good advice for aspiring writers.
Look for the final installment of my favorite interviews tomorrow.