I don't have one scheduled, but I hope I can get back to medieval Scotland someday. There are a couple of clans I want to check in on. I'll try to keep you posted on what stories are coming up by making announcements here on my web site.
I love looking in on old friends, so I'm sure I'll be writing about characters from previous books again. My latest book, HOTSHOT, features new characters, but there are a couple from SWEET TALK who make a brief appearance. My next book, FAST TRACK, will bring back Cordelia Kane and Aiden Madison from MURDER LIST and FIRE AND ICE. I still want to revisit the Buchanan family, too. I obviously won't be able to give every secondary character a book of his own, but I'll try to check in on some of them.
It varies, but from the start of the manuscript to the final book in the stores, it takes about a year. I wish I could write several at once, but I haven't figured out how to do that yet.
The earlier books were printed only in paperback except for a few library or book club editions. I'm told that people have actually found all the hardcover copies by searching on the internet for them, but even I don't have them all.
It's hard to pick favorites. Whatever book I'm writing has my full attention, so my favorite characters are usually the ones I'm spending the most time with.
I have four pieces of advice. One, set aside some time each and every day to work on your writing. It's important to develop the discipline and to get into a rhythm. Two, join a writers group or take writing classes where you'll get feedback and encouragement. Romance Writers of America has chapters all over the country. To learn more about them, check out their website, rwanational.org. Three, attend writers conferences and seminars because they'll give you opportunities to network with agents and editors. And four, write what you love. If you're enjoying the story, your enthusiasm will come through in your words.