I recently had the
chance to visit with a very talented author. So, without
further delay letís hear from
Did you always want to be a writer and
how did you get your start?
I'd been an avid reader since I was
very young and when certain characters would make a big
impression and linger on after the book came to a close I'd
keep their adventures going in my imagination. I was so in
love with the Louis and Lestat characters from Anne Rice's
Interview with the Vampire that I had to start writing that
"continuing adventure" down to entertain myself. It was so
much fun and so cool to have all these words pour out of me
that I kept at it and began to create original characters.
Tell us about what makes you...you.
Quirky probably sums it up pretty well. I'm
as apt to lose myself in a museum or historical center for hours as
well as hop on a bus and travel 400 miles to whoop it up at a rock
You write in several genres, do you have a
favorite? Is there a genre you would like to try?
Things historical and paranormal have
always been a dual love of mine and when I can combine the two in
any way I'm thrilled to do so. My absolute favorite period is the
mid to late 19th century.
It sounds like you have a very busy life.
How do you balance it with your writing?
Actually it's a little less busy the past
few months so I fit writing in at all hours of the day and night.
You are obviously a cat person. I love cats,
too, but I'm curious about your cat who can "see" things. There has
to be a story there.
Princess" is the living example of a "fraidy
cat". She's very odd in that she has what we call "the spot of the
week". She'll pick a place and be there constantly only leaving to
eat or use the litter box. One of these spots was near the dining
room window that looked out onto a small deck.
This deck was a good twenty feet off the ground and the only access
was through the house. Princess was staring out the window one night
as behaving as though she was watching "something". The way the
window is situated there's a bit of inside wall with the door to the
deck behind it. Whatever she saw must have moved toward the door so
she very cautiously walked along the top of the small table she'd
been sitting on and peeked around the wall to the kitchen as if
waiting for the whatever she watched to come in the door from the
deck. There was nothing and no one there. And every so often we'll
catch her watching "something" that we can't see.
Tell us some of your favorites...foods,
movies, music, authors, books, colors and any others you want to
I have a life long love of old thing-books,
newspapers, photos, clothing. I love to visit museums and antique
shops. I have too much a fondness for good pizza chocolate. I love
character driven movies, books and television that contain
paranormal or historical elements. I'm a big fan of Asian
films and rock music. That 400 mile bus trip to a concert I
mentioned was to see the first US concert of a Japanese band.
Do you have a writing schedule you follow?
I don't have a set schedule but I fit in
writing related things whenever I have time to myself.
Do you enjoy hearing from your readers and
what is the best way to contact you?
I love hearing from people and I want to
know what they think of my stories. I want to know what elements
they liked and what elements they didn't. Email is fine
How do you promote your work?
I'm very bad at keeping up with email loops
and things though I try to comment and take part in excerpt days. If
anyone majoring in advertising wants a test subject to practice on
I'm your gal. lol
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
What was the best piece of advice you received when you were first
I suppose the best advice is to keep
learning and trying to improve your craft. Keep writing and act as
professionally as possible. Learn to take criticism. Writing is
subjective all books won't work for all readers/editors or agents.
My motto is "The right story has to hit the right person's desk on
the right day".
What do you consider your greatest strength?
I like to think characterization is my
strong point. It's the thing that keeps me reading certain books and
setting others aside. Weaknesses? I struggle with description. I
love reading details of settings and whatnot but I have to work at
getting the right balance in my own work.
If you could travel to any place and time in
history, where would it be and why?
That's a tough one. I think I would love to
know for certain how the pyramids were built and if the aliens
really did land in Roswell but overall I think I might like to stop
over in the late 19th century to wear the beautiful clothes and live
with the gorgeous elaborate furniture.
Several of your books are part of a series.
Do you enjoy writing series? Do you find it more difficult than
writing stand alone books?
I don't think of my solo works and the
books I do with Anne Cain as series per se in terms of you need to
read them in order for it to make sense. I try to make each a stand
alone story that's connected to others-many parts that make up the
whole of various fictional universes.
How would you spend a perfect day?
Sunshine is always a plus, but I enjoys
being around friends and family and finding things to laugh and be
Is there anything else you would like to
share with us? Any current or upcoming releases?
I have a novella out from Loose-ID that I'm
excited about. Samurai Captive is set in Japan circa 1863 and
features a plucky British woman named Hannah and a very very sexy
samurai named Katsuhiro. The comments that thrilled me most are that
I "got it right" in terms of cultural elements. While a few
concessions had to be made in terms of genre to show Katsu as a
romantic hero I tried very hard to portray him correctly and I'm so
glad it comes across. Anne and I are finishing up edits on a
book featuring two of our favorite characters Ryuhei and Kiyoshi
from Soul of the Night. I don't want to give spoilers but for anyone
out there who was angry at us for certain events in The Dragon's
Disciple we promise you that it all works out. We have a habit of
making our boys work for their HEA.
Thank you so much
for letting me do this interview. It's been fun.