After one of my author friends had read THE LILY BRAND, she e-mailed me, "You do know, don't you, that now you have to continue writing dark and kinky." Ah well, I thought, I'm sure I can do kinky, so dark shouldn't be a big problem either. So I planned CASTLE OF THE WOLF as a gothic romance. With lots of references to gothic novels. And what better setting for a gothic romance than a tumble-down castle in the midst of deep, dark woods in the Black Forest? Incidentally, this is also where I spent part of my childhood, so the writing of that novel would be doubly charming. Or so I thought. I simply hadn't counted on my female characters who refused to behave like proper female players in a gothic novel and instead stomped all the gothicness to dust. Literally! (Which just shows that sturdy boots are a dangerous thing to give to your characters.) So, in the end, CASTLE OF THE WOLF didn't turn out to be quite as a dark as I had originally planned. But the tumble-down castle in the midst of deep, dark woods in the Black Forest remained. As well as the joy of basing my fictitious little town Kirchwalden on the place where I spent the most wonderful years of my childhood...
I now live in Frankfurt on the Main, Germany, with three spoilt cats and alltogether too many books. And I happily write historical romances with a twist. So, lots of thanks to Carrie for letting me join this group of fine authors!