Welcome Mary Ann! Another fellow author from Northern Roses and Southern Belles, she's a great person and an author who's come a long way with her writing. I'm glad to have been there for this trip! Her story, No Decorum, is the second in the anthology.
This is your first published story, what gave you the idea for it?
This story began writing itself while I researched the Red River Campaign, an important part of the Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi, It’s unlike anything I’ve ever put on paper. The heroine is a headstrong, but innocent, teenage girl who seems to call the shots with everyone around her. I recently heard someone say if No Decorum became a movie, the role of Juliet Burnham should be played by Miley Cyrus. That’s not exactly what I had in mind – but I have to admit the choice would be perfect.
What else are you working on?
My next project is DAKOTA WINDOW, a light paranormal romance. It takes place in the famous Manhattan apartment building which some people claim is riddled with ghosts. (I love ghosts because they are tidy and don’t bleed all over things the way vampires and werewolves do!)
What’s your dream story? The one that becomes a New York Times runaway bestseller, the one you hope to one day write?
Actually, I’ve already written it. The title is A MAN AT THE DOOR, and right now it’s a Gilded Age novel in search of a publisher. It’s too long, too complex, and has too many characters – and I’m not ready to kill off any of them. Sigh.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Yes. I want to express my deep gratitude to the members of Scandalous Victorians. Since February 2006, they’ve kept me grounded and on track. Thank you, Denise Eagan, for making this wonderful group a reality and, most especially, for making me one of the chosen few.