When I'm not writing novels, I'm a Shakespeare professor. It's rather like having two lives. The other day I bought a delicious pink suit to tape a television segment on romance; I'll never wear that suit to teach in, nor even to give a paper at the Shakespeare Association of America conference. It's like being Superman, with power suits for both lives. Yet the literature professor in me certainly plays into my romances. The Taming of the Duke (April 2006) has obvious Shakespearean resonances, as do many of my other novels. I often weave early modern poetry into my work; the same novel might contain bits of Catullus, Shakespeare, and anonymous bawdy ballads from the 16th century.
When I rip off my power suit, whether it's academic or romantic, underneath is the rather tired, chocolate-stained sweatshirt of a mom. Just as I use Shakespeare in my romances, I almost always employ my experiences as a mother. When I wrote about a miscarriage in Midnight Pleasures, I used my own fears of premature birth; when the little girl in A Wild Pursuit threw up and threw up, I described my own daughter, who had that unsavory habit for well over her first year of...
I just learned how to wind-surf! It's exhausting (think about balancing a full-grown human being on a surf board and then hauling up a heavy sail and mast), but utterly exhilarating.
I also love to cook. Every once in a while I post my favorite recipes on the Bulletin Board I share with Julia Quinn. Drop by and share your favorites, as well. We'd love to see you!
Romance Writers of America Veritas Award for the New York TImes
Op-Ed "A Fine Romance," 2006
National Readers' Choice Award for Best Long Historical Romance, 2001
New York Romance Writers of America Author of the Year, 2006