Fiorella has learned a lot about herself while writing WHERE THE HEART LEADS.
Craft-wise, she realized that she's been writing as a poet--agonizing over each sentence and every word as she goes along--which has seriously slowed her down. As a novelist, she must write quickly to get the basic story down, then go back and add the curlicues.
Voice-wise, she realized that she is funny, sardonic, and quite dark. She can't resist word plays, likes turning characters inside-out, and puts her heroine through hell before giving her a well-deserved happy ending.
Personally, she learned that if she stays up half the night finishing off a book, she's gonna pay for it the next night with a major attack of fire in the gut. But the good thing is that her take-no-prisoners approach has reaffirmed her belief in herself. Fiorella is made of steel. She can do anything she puts her mind to.