Editor, Avon Romance
Favorite Snack: Cheetos
Favorite New Reality TV Show (now that American Idol is off the air):
So You Think You Can Dance?
Pet: A calico cat named Chloe.
Here’s her picture:
Don’t let her pert cuteness fool you—she likes to bite.
Favorite Baseball Team: The Yankees
Favorite Book by a New Author (not including the ones I’ve worked on, of course): Prep by Curtis Sittenfeld
Favorite Romance Novel:
Possible tie between Remember When by Jude Deveraux and
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught
A Sampling from The Infamous Proust Questionnaire:
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from my cheetos.
Where would you like to live?
Anywhere bigger than my one bedroom apartment.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To eat a plate of chili cheese fries and not get sick.
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
Heathcliffe. Always, only Heathcliff.
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
I have only one: Wonderwoman.
Who wouldn’t want a pair of bullet-proof gold cuffs—they’re fashionable and practical.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Your favorite occupation?
Besides being an editor, I like napping.
Possible conversation starters:
Lately I’ve been discussing with my colleagues and authors about Alpha heroes versus Beta-plus heroes (sensitive men who only really get tough when their backs are against the wall ). What does everyone think about this? I grew up reading Kathleen Woodiwiss, Diana Palmer, Christina Skye, Iris Johansen, Judith McNaught and Linda Howard. The men in their books were definitely more aggressive, sometimes to the point of being overbearing (or even abusive!) to the heroines, but I find that over the past few years in the romances I’ve read the heroes are more in touch with their lady loves’ feelings. What do we all think about this? Do we like the evolution of the hero? Is this what younger, newer readers are used to and want? Or does anyone miss the laconic, gruff hero of old? Have readers’ fantasies changed?