Please welcome my friend and guest, award winning author Dee Ann Palmer.
Multi-published in fiction and non-fiction, Dee Ann finally settled on writing sensual romances and deadly liaisons. Palmer is a member of RWA-PAN, RWA’s Orange County, California chapter, and the Los Angeles chapter of Sisters in Crime.
She agreed to answer some questions for you, and here are her responses.
- Plotter or Pantser? I’m a pantser. Can’t seem to change this no matter how hard I try. It doesn’t seem to fit my brain to plot it all out. However, I generally write novella length. At novel length, maybe I couldn’t get away with writing by the seat of my pants.
- Settings: real, totally made up, or based on a real place? So far, even my fantasies have some basis in reality. I have university degrees in nursing, and perhaps exposure to science influences me to at least a touch of reality.
- Boxers or briefs? Thongs or bikinis? No preference. What I select has to match the personality of my characters.
- Dogs or cats? Or gerbils or birds? Or fish? When our kids were growing up, we had cats, hamsters, frogs we brought home from the golf course, fish, and a box turtle. The rest of the menagerie are gone, but my husband and I are cat lovers, and an adored older cat lives with us now. Ella, whom we occasionally cat-sat, came to live with us permanently when her “mom,” one of our daughters-in-law, developed a life-threatening allergy to cats after having Ella for ten years.
- What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done in the name of research. I accosted a Hell’s Angels motorcyclist outside a pharmacy to ask questions about motorcycles and “clubs.” With a serious face, he told me Hell’s Angels had gotten a bad rap, because most of the upstanding businessmen in a neighboring town were Hell’s Angels.
- What makes you laugh? Oh, so many things! The family I grew up in, although serious, found humor in everyday living. My hubbie and I enjoy the same sense of humor. We have neck problems, and I bought bed pillow after bed pillow until we found two that don’t trigger pain. Recently, I washed them, and when I opened the machine I found the new one had split open and emptied all its stuffing out. I carried the limp cover to my husband, and when I explained what had happened, the look on his face would’ve convinced you someone had died. I found myself laughing so hard I couldn’t get the words out to tell him why.
- What’s on your desk? Too many things! A small black sorting hat, a golden Quidditch snitch and a fluffy white Hedwick. Books including Nursing 2014 Drug Handbook, Taber’s Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, The University of Chicago Spanish Dictionary, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, Oxford Pocket American Thesaurus of Current English, and Police Procedural, The Howdunit Series. Then pages and pages of my passwords, a travel disk drive, calculator and magnifying glass (because I always forget to bring my reading glasses here), a list of ISBN numbers I purchased, little notes of all kinds (the bane of my existence), printouts of deductible writing charges I’ve paid, pens, pencils, folders for stuff, bubble wrap to mail giveaways, mailing tape, a huge desk calendar, etc., etc., etc.
- What book(s) are on your night stand or your chair? I’ve just finished four e-books and written reviews, am on CD 20 of 24 of A King’s Ransome by Sharon Kay Penman, reading Sandra Brown’s Ricochet, Darrel James’ Purgatory, Christina Dodd’s One Kiss From You. Just completed Elizabeth Lowell’s Forbidden (the one book of hers I haven’t enjoyed.
- E-books, print or both? I would hate to see brick-and-mortar stores disappear from our landscapes, but I love e-books. I’m donating hardcovers and paperbacks to Goodwill, Discovery Shops and the libraries I visit because I have don’t have room for them. There are so many books I haven’t read that I rarely re-read unless they’re a favorite, but recently I re-enjoyed Julie Garwood’s The Wedding. Absolutely love it and will never give it away.
For more about Dee Ann, visit her new blog, Sensual Romance and Deadly Liaisons, at http://deeannpalmer.blogspot.com
Her new Website is still under construction, view the older one at http://www.DeeAnnPalmer.com
Thank you for taking time to share your answers with us!