Tell us about your story for Foreign Affairs:
“Agapi Mou”, which means “My Love” in Greek, follows the romance of Myron and Lisa and takes place on a vineyard in eastern North Carolina. Myron and Lisa have known each other for several years. Lisa owns the vineyard that grows the scuppernong grapes that Myron’s winery in Greece uses to make scuppernong wine. Circumstances have kept them apart but on one of Myron’s visits, a simple kiss awakens their attraction to each other. Is the attraction just eratos (erotic love)…or could it be agape (true love)?
Tell us about your hero. What makes him irresistible? What attracts your heroine to him?
Myron is sexy and Greek. What else do you need to be irresistible? He lost out in love once before. He was married to a woman he’d loved for a long time, but she didn’t love him, so he let her go. He is kind and concerned about Lisa, who is lonely and finds herself working too much to make up for her lack of a social life. The combination of their friendship and their mutual attraction to each other finally convinces them both to explore new depths of their relationship.
How did you choose your hero’s nationality?
I was researching wines for another work-in-progress and had never tasted Greek wines. I fell in love with them first, the country next and it was a natural progression to create a Greek man for my heroine.
Do you have anything new coming out in 2012? Any recent releases you want to tell us about?
My contemporary romance Where the Heart Lies was just released in July by Carina Press. Here’s a little about the story:
All widowed Alicia Galloway has left of her war-hero husband are the flag that draped his coffin and his final wishes: to move to his hometown, take over the family bookstore and enjoy a simple, quiet life with their two small children. When she arrives, her husband’s best friend makes that new life anything but simple. How can she be so drawn to Liam Addison?
Liam only intended to help Alicia get settled. But one unexpected kiss awakens his long-held forbidden feelings. Soon, the town busybodies swoop in to warn Alicia away from him. Because no matter the man he’s become, he’ll never live down his reputation as town troublemaker and wolfish womanizer.
No one wants the war hero’s sweet widow and the supposedly former bad boy together. But the more everyone tries to keep them apart, the closer he and Alicia get. And the more determined Liam is to prove he’s a changed man. Will it be enough to convince Alicia to let a new love in her life? Copyright © 2012 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Any plans to write anything more about your characters from the Foreign Affairs Anthology? What about more multicultural romance?
I think Lisa and Myron’s story is told, but I’d love to write more romances about the Greek culture. I did a lot of research into it when I was writing Agapi Mou, and it was fascinating. Of course, I have nothing against any sexy foreign male character who’d like to creep into my subconscious and make his way onto the page!