Thank you Cindy for having me here today!
I live in the Midwest and wrote Threads of Desire in the dead of winter—ground frozen solid, the trees stripped bare, snow-laden clouds hovering overhead for months. The world in Threads of Desire is the opposite of that. Based loosely on medieval Spain, it’s a world of blistering heat, white marble palaces, extravagant fountains, dirty street bazaars and lush walled gardens. Sometimes my settings are inspired by what I see around me, but more often they’re inspired by what I don’t.
In the case of Threads of Desire, I definitely created a world I wanted to escape to, even if only for a few hours a day. That feeling of sinking into a different world is one reason why I’ve always loved reading fantasy. I pick up contemporary fantasy when I’m looking for a paranormal twist on the real world and traditional fantasy for total immersion in another place, people or culture. And, of course, I love reading romance pretty much all the time.
How about you? Do you prefer settings that are familiar or exotic? What are some of your favorites?
If you do like traditional fantasy with a steamy romance, you might consider giving Threads of Desire a try. J