I was very fortunate to have a wonderfully talented
author take time out of her very busy schedule to answer a few
questions for us. Without waiting another moment letís hear from
I read you have
only been writing for about six years. Did you have any plans of
being a writer before that? If not, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
never thought of becoming a writer when I was younger. Of course
there was that one creative writing class in 7th grade. I
had to write and provide illustrations for a short story. Mr.
Doodle, The Dingle Bug was selected as one of the books gifted to
the Cripple Childrenís Hospital that year. I have to admit to
feeling pretty proud of my accomplishment.
I was young, I wanted to be a veterinarian. I love animals. Iíve
owned two bobcats, one fox, a skunk, a Macaw, a Lorie, every
barnyard animal you can think of, cats and dogs.
You write in
several different genres. Do you have a favorite and if so why?
Thatís a hard one. Each genre has its own merits. I love
paranormals, the magical aspect intrigues me. Futuristic and fantasy
allows my creativity to take wings. Of course, what can you say
about cowboys. YummmmmÖ
How do your stories
come to you? All at once or slowly page by page?
best ideas come out of nowhere and hit me with a vengeance. Stories
written quickly during a period of excitement and enthusiasm usually
fair better than those I write because thereís a deadline looming. I
like stories to flow and drive me, instead of the other way around.
Tell us about what
Laughter and humor. I love to laugh. If thereís a joke to be had,
Iíll be involved. <g> I try to put a little laughter in all my
books. Iím also a very passionate individual. Youíll find a lot of
emotions in my writingóitís what spills out of my fingers. LOL
What are some of
your favorite thingsÖfoods, authors, movies, and music?
like Mexican and Italian food; however, you can never go wrong with
a good steak. I prefer pecan praline or strawberry ice cream. And my
fallback food is a hamburger.
Christine Feehan, Iris Johansen, Stephanie Laurens, Kay Hooper are
some of my favorite authors. But, I have to admit there many authors
that I find enjoyment in their work. I canít believe how many talent
authors are out there.
two favorite movies are Cutting Edge and American Dreamer. If you
havenít seen American Dreamer I highly recommend.
is nothing like a country song. I couldnít live without country
music. A lot of my ideas come from a line within a song.
It sounds like you
enjoying spending time with your family doing activities outdoors.
What is the perfect day for Mackenzie?
my. Can I name two perfect days?
love the mountains. There is serenity in a lake or creek surrounded
by mountains. The sound of trickling streams, wild animals in their
natural habitat, itís all so innocent and pure. Whether itís
breathing in the fresh pine scent or walking down mountain paths,
Iím filled with awe. Itís a great opportunity for the family to just
sit back and reflect.
course, there is nothing like a summer day out on the lake watching
my girls and grandson wake board. Add to that a tube or an elongated
tube called a banana and the fun begins. From climbing aboard to
being tossed across the waves you can be sure there will be
laughter. Then when everyone is tired we break open the ice chests
and have lunch. The break allows us just enough time to re-energize,
and then weíre off again.
How does your
family feel about your writing? It sounds like your husband has
been very supportive and encouraging. Do they know you write very
sexy wonderful stories?
family is the greatest. My girls and husband are my biggest fans. We
celebrate every milestone and accomplishment together. A win for me
is a win for them.
yeah! My family is very aware of what I write. They donít read my
work, but I believe they have stumbled upon some of my
researchójudging by the giggles coming from behind closed doors. <bg>
If you could bring
one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?
Prince Eral Ė the werefin out of Kalinaís Discovery. Why? Because
the ocean is a mystery. Iíd have Eral personally reveal all its
secrets and then some. LOL Can you imagine the fun in sea toys?
Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers?
give up. This business isnít easy, but itís the writers that keep
writing that finally win in the end. We might never become a Nora
Roberts, but if we can touch one person we have accomplished more
than most people ever will.
read somewhere that most authors publish after writing their fourth
book. THE GAME was my fourth book. <g> So, donít give up!
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
love hearing from readers. You can
or go to my website,
visit Myspace or join
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where we talk about all things wicked and more!
When you are
writing do you need total quiet or can you write anywhere? Do you
set aside a certain amount of time each day for writing?
prefer a quiet place, which is much different from the environment I
worked in when I started to write. I use to be able to write even
though the house was coming down around me. Today, I prefer a more
secluded place with no distractions.
schedule is pretty chaotic at the moment. Since I returned to work I
havenít been able to create a routine. Writing is hit and miss at
the moment. Mainly my weekends are spent at the keyboard.
Do you have someone
that you consider a mentor? How have they influenced your writing?
mentor, but I do feel a mentor is very valuable, as well as a good
critique group. You canít always be on top of your game. Your
critique buddies will make sure you donít do something stupid or
How do you promote
Chats, conferences, etc. You canít beat word of mouth from readers
If you had the
opportunity to travel in time where would you go and why?
love the historical time periods, especially the Renaissance. Iíd
love the opportunity to make women a stronger figure during this
barbaric time. The only problem, Iím a hardheaded woman. Iíd be in
trouble every second of the day.
Perhaps the Greek mythology period would be a better time period for
me. I love writing in my pajamas. In Greece,
I could walk around in a sheet all day. <g>
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us?
First, Iíd like to thank you. Itís always a pleasure to work with
Joyfully Reviewed. Second Iíd like to remind everyone that Lost But
Not Forgotten releases July 31, 2007 at
check out my back lists. Fallonís Revenge just won the paranormal
Passionate Plume contest. A Tall Dark Cowboy took second place in
the contemporary category.
Thanks again for having me.