1. Where did you get the idea for Monarch Beach? Did you take any inspiration from your own life? I actually live with my family in a villa on the grounds of the St. Regis, Monarch Beach. Everywhere you look there is beauty: the ocean, the golf course, flowers, fountains, pools. I thought: If something devastating happens to you and you travel somewhere breathtaking, do you feel better? Or do you carry your grief wherever you go?
2. Andre's character gives French men a bad wrap. Is his character based on any experience you had? Andre has terrible flaws but he is also handsome and charming. I'm sure most women have fallen for an absolutely gorgeous man who just sweeps them off their feet. I know at times I have been susceptible to sexy foreign accents.
3. By the end, it seems like Amanda's story is just beginning. Would you ever consider a sequel? I would love to write a sequel! I have actually written a ten page synopsis and I am happy with my characters' direction. I have two more books coming out next year - MARKET STREET in April and LAKE COMO later in the year. Perhaps a sequel to MONARCH BEACH will follow.
4. In three words how would you describe your book? Heartbreak and hope.