I recently had the opportunity to chat with a
very talented author. So, without further delay…let’s hear
from the talented
How did you get your start in writing? Did you always know
that you wanted to be a writer?
I have been reading romance stories for a couple of years,
then got heavily into audiobooks at one point. There were
times when I thought about writing because my daughter has
been writing stories since she was ten years old…though she
never finished them. I would chicken out because I didn’t
think I could do it. I didn’t think I would be able to
describe something on paper to where the reader could feel
and/or visualize the scene. I had the idea for The Watchers,
vampire warriors who protect humans and civilized vampires
from Rogues, and decided to give it a try. I began Midnight
Reborn in April 2007 right around the time of the Kentucky
Derby Festival, which gave me the base/ground work to use in
building the story. As I typed the story formed and during the
over two hundred pages of Midnight Reborn, other characters
began to make noise, wanting their stories to be told. By
September, 2007, I have seven completed of the ten planned for
do you find a balance between family, writing, and your day job? Do
you have a writing schedule that you follow?
I would say that I am blessed in many ways. First, my two children
and my husband know how important writing is to me. They understand
my drive to get the story down (and out of my head) and they are
very proud of my accomplishments. Second, I have a late teen and a “tween”,
which means the two are often doing their own things.
I don’t follow a writing schedule because I find the only way I can
write is when I am “feeling” the story. It’s as if I am “in” the
story as it unfolds. Not only am I watching the characters and
listening to their surroundings and their words, I feel their
emotions. If I am not totally into the story, I don’t force it…I
us a little about what makes you…well, you.
Me? Well, my family will agree that I am insane. I have always had a
sense of humor and a quick comeback. I love to laugh and do so every
chance I get., though my family may not appreciate my sense of
write in several genres, do you have a favorite and if so, why? Is
there another genre that you would like to try?
I have started off with paranormal, but have also been working on
medieval, western/history, and suspense/action. My favorite seems to
be paranormal, vampires especially. When writing vampire romance I
don’t feel limited in anyway. I don’t have to worry about
researching every little detail. There is also the uber-sexiness of
vampires. I seem to have a thing for fangs.
As far as trying out another genre, I think my plate is pretty full
us some of your favorites…foods, music, movies, authors and any
others you would like to share.
My favorites…I have always been a huge Buffy fan, as well as Angel.
My favorite book series is The Brotherhood of the Black Dagger by
J.R. Ward. I listen to a variety of music…alternative, classic rock,
country, new age, and hits from the eighties. The type of movies I
enjoy are comedies and action. I love the action movies with one
hunk of a guy in the lead role. Speaking of guys…besides my love of
fangs…I have a thing for bald/shaved headed, sexy men.
are writing a series of books, The Watchers, that are a connected
series. Do you enjoy writing books that are connected and carry on
through several books? Do you find it more difficult than writing
stand alone stories?
I love to read series novels because it feels as though the story
never really ends, especially when they are connected as I have done
with The Watchers. Many times I will bring back a strong character
to make a cameo appearance in another book. I don’t find writing
connecting books difficult because I keep a “cheat sheet” of my
characters, listing everything about them down to their shoe size if
you enjoy hearing from your readers and what is the best way to
Feedback from readers is very important to me. I want to know what
the reader enjoyed about the story and what they found difficult to
comprehend. This works well for series books because you have a
chance to improve with the next story. Good or bad, their opinions
are important. I keep an eye out for reader feedback at
was the best piece of advice that you received when starting and do
you have advice for aspiring writers?
Enjoy the ride. If you go in to writing to be famous and make a lot
of money, you are setting yourself up for some serious stress. It
can be a long process, so why not make the best of it? I am learning
everyday…mostly from the editor of The Watchers series. I enjoyed
writing every one of the stories as I felt a part of their “family”.
My advice for aspiring writers is to be open for suggestions and
keep at it. I received many rejection letters, then Samhain picked
up my manuscript. That was such a happy day!
is your guilty pleasure?
Not much guilty to it, but I enjoy coffee so much that I am pretty
anal about it. It has to be piping hot, and it can’t be in a
Styrofoam cup. I also hate powdered creamer. Yuck! Whenever I go
anywhere, I stop at my local coffee shop and have my thermos filled
to the rim with Jamaican Me Nuts decaf.
writing…do you plan your stories out or do they develop as you
I don’t generally plan my stories. My ideas usually come from a
single scene that popped into my head or something I had dreamt. I
begin typing and the story unfolds. Usually, I will have two or
three WIPs (works in progress) going so when I am not feeling one
story, I can change direction by hopping to another story. Many
times my mood at the time depicts what story I work on.
would you spend a perfect day if you could do anything you wanted?
My perfect day would be sitting on the beach and not having to think
about a thing. Oh yeah…coffee in hand.
do you promote your work?
Being entirely new to all this, I am so thankful to have found the
yahoo groups. I post excerpts, run contests and chat with the other
authors and readers about anything and everything. I have business
cards, post cards, and other promo material I keep with me for when
I am away from home, I can hand them out to people. Another great
way to promote the books is being a part of the Bookworm Bags group
where group members make up goodie bags with items received from the
other members, and take them to conferences, etc. they attend. It’s
a great way to get representation of yourself to places where you
cannot physically be.
you could bring one of your characters to life, who would it be?
I believe that would be Trigg. He’s spent much of his life trying to
uphold his bad-ass persona, but deep down lies another person who
doesn’t get out very often. I should also mention that he’s drool
material and it would be nice to see him walk downtown streets of
Louisville, Kentucky, in the flesh. If you would like to see my
vision of him, check out my book trailer at
. Midnight Reborn was written in April
of last year. Can you imagine my shock and excitement when I
discovered the picture of the model I used in the trailer for Trigg?
He is from Bulgaria and I chatted with the photographer to get
permission to use his pictures. Not only was the model doing a
“vampire” shoot, his striped hair is exactly how I described Trigg’s
in the book. Fate.
there anything else you would like to share with us? Any current
I just want to thank the readers who have purchased the book,
Midnight Reborn, and to let them know the saga continues with
Midnight Rose – Vane and Rosa’s story. For Trigg lovers out there,
don’t fret because he hasn’t gone anywhere. Readers will not only
follow Vane and Rosa through their own trials and tribulations, but
will also get to see another side of Trigg. The four Watchers in the
Louisville Cell are a close-knit group, and each sexy vamp has one
hell of a story to tell.
Check out Midnight Rose – The Watchers, Book Two releasing December
23, 2008 with Samhain Publishing.
In finishing up this interview, I want to that Joyfully Reviewed for
this opportunity to talk about my work. You rock!