What is your favorite color?
What is your favorite place in the world?
London, Williamsburg, Virginia, Chicago (but not in winter), and New York (but not in winter), and San Diego (in winter)
What is your greatest strength as a writer?
Writing a novel the reader can’t put down. Creating characters a reader cares about, and evoking a strong sense of place and atmosphere in the story.
How did you come up with the title?
Many years ago, I heard pianist Lorin Hollander play Ravel’s Pavane Pourune Infante Defunte. Later I heard the orchestral version and thought the French horn solo was enough to break any heart. It is one of the most ravishing melodies on earth. When Diana died, I wondered why no one thought to play the Pavane for her. It seems so perfect. My hero Nicholas, the duke who wanted to be a concert pianist, sits up nights playing the Pavane for “all the lost princesses in his life.” So it was the absolutely perfect title for the book. I did “market research” at a party one evening and discovered Americans don’t know enough French or classical music to recognize Ravel or the piece’s title in French. So I went with the English translation.
Do you have any advice for writers?
I’d say the same thing musicians say: practice, practice, practice. That means write, write, write. And edit. I have been surprised to learn that the self-publishing community, of which I am a proud member, does not generally recognize the value of professional editing. I was lucky I could do my own, but if I hadn’t had that skill, I’d definitely have paid for it. You must absolutely put your best foot forward and that means professional editing. A beautiful story deserves a beautiful presentation. Go the extra mile for your readers. They are definitely worth your best!
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Genre – Contemporary Romance,Mystery
Rating – G
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