My April release An Accidental Birthright opens with Alison, the heroine, telling Maximo, the hero that she’s pregnant with his baby. A shock to him, since he’s never met her before in his life! I think I was drawn to the IVF clinic mix-up angle because, number one, at the time I was working on this book there were a couple of mix-up horror stories in the news. Number two, because I was drawn to the idea of two total strangers who didn’t even have a night of passion in common, coming together, interrupting their live, to do what they believe is best for their child.
Who is the most inspirational figure in your life?
You’ve heard the saying, “it takes a village to raise a child?” My mom always says it takes a village to take care of me. And it’s true! There are so many people in my life who inspire me, help me keep my sanity…remind me to eat. (I lie, they remind me to sleep, no one has to remind me to eat) So really, everyone who puts up with me. They inspire me.
When the writing is done, how do you kick back to relax?
I’m not the world’s best relaxer. I have three little kids and most of my time is devoted to keeping up with their general shenanigans. And of course making sure my husband doesn’t feel neglected! But I love to read, and I’m becoming a very serious Buffy the Vampire Slayer addict, so in rare, true downtime, those are my indulgences.
What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
An IVF clinic mix-up means eternally single Alison Whitman is now carrying the child - no, the royal heir - of Maximo Rossi, Prince of Turan! Now he'll take her for his wife!
Maximo had given up on the hope of fatherhood a long time ago - until this surprise second chance. Now, the dynamic ruler will seize the opportunity with both hands. However, tradition is high on the prince's agenda, and he'll never stand for an heir born out of wedlock.
Alison is about to find out that royal marriage is a command, not a choice!