- How long have you been writing?
I didn’t really start writing in earnest until April of 2009. I’m not sure I always wanted to be a writer, but I couldn’t imagine not being one now.
- How did you pick the genre you write in?
I had never intended to write anything other than mysteries. However, the characters I created formed a life of their own and the next thing I knew I was writing romantic mysteries.
- Do you plot or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I have to plot. I’m not good at placing clues for the mystery part of romantic mysteries I write without plotting. However, it often turns out to be a loose guide and the story looks nothing like it in the end.
- What was the name of the first novel you wrote? Did you try to publish it?
The first novel I wrote was Crush at Thomas Hall. It is the first novel in the
Thomas Hall series. Not only did I try to publish it, Chalet Publishers released it
in September 2010.
- How many rejections have you received?
Not many, thank goodness. I received 26 rejections and two offers.
- What’s your writing schedule?
I write from 9pm until about midnight almost every night. It is the only time of the day that my house is quiet.
- What three things would you want with you on a desert island?
Only three, huh? An endless pitcher of iced tea, a copy of Agatha Christie’s Ten Little Indians, and pen & paper. Wait, that’s four. I guess there would be no tea for me.
- Who is your greatest cheerleader?
My best friend, Stefanie, is also a writer. She and I check-in each night by phone to keep each other motivated and bounce ideas off of each other. Day in and day out, she is my greatest cheerleader.
- Where do you write?
We have a recliner in the family room where my laptop sits on my lap at the perfect angle for typing. I do most of my rough drafts sitting there. However, my new favorite spot to write is the La Cote Restaurant at the Fontainebleau Resort in
. (My husband and I just spent a week there.) Miami Beach
- What was the hardest scene to write?
The sex scenes are always the hardest for me to write. Trying to convey the mood or actions without sounding cheesy or pornographic is an exercise in aggravation for me.
Beth Sorensen, author of the Thomas Hall series, has a B.S. in Geography from
where she studied cartography, natural hazards, and the geography of wine. She currently resides in Old Dominion University with her husband and three children. Delaware
Cassandra Martin’s life is bordering on perfection. She is living in
, running a winery, and is about to marry the man of her dreams. But in Cassandra’s world, perfection usually means the earth is about to drop out from under her and this time is no exception. What starts as a serious of prank calls, soon reveals her abusive, late husband, Tony Martin is very much alive and looking for her. Virginia
When secrets alienate her from her fiancé, Cassandra begins to contemplate the advances of a man that wants more than her friendship. And when she is kidnapped, Cassandra begins to wonder if she’ll live long enough to decide whether or not she wants to walk down the aisle.