Q: What is Mirror Deep about?
A: Action takes place south-west of Chicago, on a fifteen hundred acre Andalusian horse ranch. Story will take us to Chicago and all the way to Paris France.
Katherine Bonner and Pierce Bonner are the two main characters. Kat is tall, headstrong, attractive and on her way to becoming a horse whisperer. Pierce, her second cousin, manages the Bonner-Willow Ranch while he also manages to get on Kat’s nerves. Kat can exact good manners from most studs, but not from Pierce Bonner.
Trouble starts when Kat learns she is adopted and that her biological mother has just passed away. She also discovers the circumstances in which she was adopted. Lawyer who is responsible for the adoption, just walked out of prison where he spent the last eighteen years.
Kat turns to Pierce for help. After a lot of soul searching, Pierce agrees to help, yet also has an agenda of his own. His lawyerly father, Franklin Bonner, might be mixed up in all of this and he intends to find out how and why.
Add to the mix a couple of bungling detective, Kat’s doppelganger who shows up when she least expects it, a serial killer on the loose and you’ve got Mirror Deep, a 457-page romantic mystery.
Q: What inspired you to write the novel?
A: I was actually working on another novel, while watching a Grand Slam tennis match and this story began filtering through. Complete with names, places and all the trimmings. I began writing Mirror Deep and never did finish the other story.
Q: Why do you think “the bad boy” is such a popular figure in literature?
A: Myself, I have always been in love with love, so that “bad boy” had better be good to me and love only me. I guess the term “bad” would need to be defined. I also believe that for each and every one of us, this definition will differ … mostly, to answer your question; we all love a little spice in our concoction. Cinnamon is my preferred spice. The “bad boy”, I happen to know, can zap any kind of thirst.
Q: How important is it for a heroine in a novel to be sexually attractive? (Why)
A: Another great question, Eliza, since beauty is strictly in the eye of the beholder. However, I believe as women, the attributes we love about ourselves, at least the ones we keep silent, outweigh the traits we complain about or might wish to change. Therefore, when we pick up a novel to read, we like to find some of those attributes in the heroine we’re reading about, if only to imagine ourselves in her place. As for men reading about sexually attractive heroine, well, this is self-explanatory.
Q: What was the most challenging thing about writing your book?
A: I find writing easy. I don’t normally get writer’s block. I just … write. Finding the time to have the peace of mind and the tranquility to write can be challenging. As my husband mentions, when I’m writing is a lonely time for him. However I would have to say that editing causes me the most challenges. As though I cannot get it absolutely right.
Q: What kind of professional background do you have?
A: Well, I’ve been in Marketing all my life, helping small companies start their business. I have also written a lot of copy and have since decided to switch to fiction in the last ten years.
Q: How did it help you in marketing your book?
A: Well, I already had a good writing background, just had to throw it away and learn to write again. Seriously, I love what life has taught me and I intend to use it all in my stories. I’ve raised horses, been National Marketing Directors for a couple of huge organizations, trained sales people, learned about sailing, was a real estate agent in Miami. I have travelled all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe.
Q: What separates a good romance novel from a bad one?
A: What is a turnoff for me is when the characters are not believable. I mean, they can be rich, smart, attractive … anything is in the realm of the possible. However, if they act out of character too many times, I will lose interest. Again, this is a gut feeling, something about relationships that don’t fit.
Q: Who are some of your influences?
A: As writer mentors, I have quite a few. I love Mazo De La Roche. I first read her Jalna collection I was 19 years old. I love Erich Segal, Pat Conroy, John Grisham, Judith Krantz, Sandra Gulland and many, many more.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: I am editing two novels: I Can See You, an urban fantasy about a 10 year old girl who inherited the power of sight from her grandmother and … much more from the rest of her lineage.
I am also editing the romantic mystery of Long Goodbyes, and hopefully both will be available soon.
Please note; Eliza’s interviews are done by email. All answers are unedited and come right from the lovely fingertips of her subjects:)