Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out.
The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.
John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.
But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.
– When and where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write on the couch with a laptop table, in the morning when the house is quiet after I’ve had a bit of exercise, walked the dog and made tea. My mind is most calm and alert and able to tackle vocabulary and plot problems.
– Do you have a certain ritual?
Lately, I start by re-reading the previous chapter and making some edits. Then I write a paragraph outline of the next chapter or two, do some research if needed, then start writing a new chapter. While I’m writing a first draft, I remind myself not to fret too much over small details and that keeps things flowing.
– Is there a drink or some food that keeps you company while you write?
Green tea! Sometimes chocolate if I’m writing in the afternoon.
– What is your favourite book?
No fair! Impossible question! One of my favorite historical romances is Not Quite a Husband by Sherry Thomas.
– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
For now, I’m going to stick to historical romance, but I wouldn’t completely rule out returning to contemporary romance—I still have a fun series idea gathering dust in my computer files.
– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
I have used certain traits of people that I know but then as I write the characters take on their own unique personalities.
– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
I use my phone notes quite a bit for story ideas or sudden fits of dialogue inspiration. No need to worry about misplacing a random piece of paper!
– Which genre do you not like at all?
I don’t gravitate to paranormal. Having said that, there are some paranormal books I’ve really enjoyed. I can even be a sucker for a good vampire hero.
– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
Could I resurrect Jane Austen, please?
– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I went to the Museum of Pharmacy in Portugal while I was writing the Heart of Doctor Steele. It was great fun! A beautiful country with good food and a rich history.
Thank you, Colette Dixon and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.