THE SHADE UNDER THE MANGO TREE
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- What is on your nightstand?
My cell phone with audiobooks I’m listening to, currently The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner.
- What author would you totally fan?
Anthony Doerr, Pulitzer Prize winner of All The Light We Cannot See, which I’ve read twice and likely to read again. His prose is enviably beautiful, the characters sufficiently complex, and the story is engaging.
- What makes you cringe?
Overuse of “broad (or wide) shoulders” and other such terms in some romance novels. I tallied “broad shoulders” in one I once read. It occurred thirty times. How often must we be reminded of such attributes in a romance hero? We know, even before we start, that he is well-built (and often handsome), with passion, power (or, perhaps, rage), and a magnetic personality to boot. Besides, he’s right there on the book cover, a big bundle of taut rippling muscles.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
No. I don’t plot out. I work from general ideas and themes and allow my characters to dictate some scenes.
- Is there a word you love to use?
I love a lot of words. One that comes to mind because I’ve used it in two of my novels, including The Shade Under the Mango Tree is “halcyon.” I associate it with the tranquil, lazy days of early summer and early fall where I live.