What inspired you to write Too Hot to Handle?
I like fun, fast paced mysteries. I’ve read almost every Robert B. Parker novel. I also love romances. So, when it came time for me to write something I tried to combine the two into a super sexy mystery with witty banter. Then I threw in some awesome cars.
Have you given any consideration of carrying on the story of Honey and Jack?
Not until this minute… it’s something to think about.
Was there any particular scene/chapter that was your favorite to write?
They were all fun to write, although, I really love writing the funny stuff. Anytime you laughed (I hope you laughed) that was my favorite part to write.
Honey is a firecracker, is she modeled after someone?
I wish she were modeled after me! Honey’s the person I wish I was. Not the car thief part, but the sexy, spunky, fast driving, tool wielding part.
Jack is a man who loves wholeheartedly which is very refreshing. What would you say is Jack’s more endearing quality?
Jack pretends to be all jaded. He’s a cop who works long hours. He’s seen a lot of things. At the same time, he really believes that there’s good in everyone, especially Honey.
As the author of these characters, what do you see in their future?
They’re together for the long run, but that doesn’t mean it’s always going to be a smooth road. I see them quarreling over little things, and having those small fights help to strengthen their relationship. They’re not ready for kids just yet, but they’ll probably get a puppy. Jack will want a purebred golden retriever, and they’ll end up with a junkyard dog Honey gets from one of her relatives. A sweetie pie with a toothy grin.
Which books are you reading right now?
Susan Anderson, Victoria Dahl, and the new Tim Dorsey novel. Like I said, I’m in it for the laughs.
What’s next on the agenda?
I’m thinking about billionaires. High flying captains of industry out to take over the world, and the women who get in their way.