I recently had the
chance to chat with a talented author. So, without further
delay let’s hear from the talented
always been something you enjoyed? Did you know that you
wanted to be a writer one day?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love to write. Since I caught
the writing bug in earnest when I was 13, I dreamed of this. I never
thought I would have the nerve to submit.
Are you able to
write full-time or do you still have a “day job”? You have had some
great jobs…ASL interpreter and substitute teacher. Do you miss
working in these areas?
full time. It was my day job years before I even published. It was
the only upside to being disabled. I do miss interpreting and
teaching on certain days for certain reasons, but I would NEVER
trade this for those. This is my dream job. It makes me happy and
excited and I am truly successful at it.
Tell us what makes
an odd question to me. Urm…Ben and Jerry’s? LOL! I also have a real
potty mouth in person. *shrug*. I’m too soft-hearted. I cry easily.
I rise to temper easily too. (that and the cussing seems to go hand
in hand for some reason…)
Let’s talk a little
about your wonderful Nightwalker series. How did this storyline
develop? With a character, a scene, or in some other way? I read
you are getting ready to end the series. Are you going to miss
writing about them?
Technically, it was a dream of a scene. I dreamed I was Jacob, the
opening scene, leaping from lamppost to lamppost. Hard to believe
it, but it all unraveled quickly after that. I wrote all five books
back to back.
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, authors, books, television, music,
colors, and any others you would like to share.
mentioned Ben and his brother Jerry, right? LOL. We have a ménage
almost every week ;) I am a huge fan of Gerard Butler. Ever since he
made me cry in Phantom of the Opera. Gave me chills really. I wish I
could have a ménage with him every week. (The third person is
interchangeable daily). My favorite author is Joey W. Hill. I am her
personal stalker. I love her soooo much. Natural Law was pure
genius!! But, not for the faint-hearted. Kresley Cole. The standards
like Christine Feehan and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Julia Quinn. I could go
on and on. I watch a lot of TV too…helps the next great idea. CSIs,
Moonlight (sigh…Mick), Battlestar Galactica, Buffy, Angel, etc. I
like anything musical save Rap. Do not like Rap AT ALL. For colors,
I like black for wearing and green in general. I think that covers
I read you are a
cat person…cats are my favorite, too. Tell us a little about your
involvement with the Animal Compassion Network. I think this is so
literally my pet charity.
ACNsaves the lives of local strays and shelter animals on the
verge of being put down. I also support the
But for ACN I am both a Public Partner (Someone who finds strays and
takes them in, gets them their shots, gets them tested and fixed on
their own dime then uses ACN to find a home for them) and a Foster
Home (someone who gives the kitties a warm, safe home to live in,
socializes them, cares for them, brings them out of their shells and
helps them recover from abuse, takes in kittens and hand feeds and
raises them until they are of age and ACN pays the expenses for
this). They also have a store now called Pet Harmony. Low cost and
all natural to the best of their ability, all profits and proceeds
go back into the store or to the ACN. I am on my way there in a bit
to socialize with the cats.
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
fan mail. My readers are so freakin’ awesome! Sweet and kind. Just
great. I answer every letter (except when there’s technical
difficulty!) And everyone should use
to contact me. It’s my main email address.
What do you
consider your greatest strength to be? Any weaknesses?
greatest strength is my ability to help others. My greatest weakness
is my inability to do the same exact things I advise for them for
When writing, do
you have a writing schedule that you follow? Do you have a perfect
writing environment or can you write anywhere?
silence to start, and then I layer the environment with mood or
action music. Without peace, I cannot create. However, I can find
peace in a café, eating alone, because no one addresses me or bugs
me…and I am not tempted to do the same.
It sounds as if you
are very close to your family. Are they your biggest support system
and your best fans? It sounds like you are, also, blessed with
great friends too.
can be deceiving. My family is like anyone else’s, it comes with ups
and downs, helps and hardships. But the key is I have learned to
unconditionally love them. Kind of a warts and all scenario. Hey,
I’m no party either. I have warts. Lots of warts. But my family is
proud of me and very supportive of my career. Of course, my dad is
banned from ever reading my books…not that he would ever get the
friends…they are the family I get to pick for myself. My best
friends Laura and Tanya are so very much so the truest of hearts I
have ever known. They stick with me through thick and thin, PMS,
weeping, bitching, kookiness, craziness and much more. I have 4
sisters, but I wish they could be my blood sisters as well as the
sisters of my heart and soul.
Do you plan on
starting another series now that you are finished with the
Nightwalkers? Do you enjoy writing stories that are connected? Do
you find it difficult to write connected stories?
it difficult NOT to write connected stories. I start a story meant
to be single, but a secondary character always seems to stand out
and yell at me: “ME NEXT!!” After the first part of the Nightwalker
saga draws to a close with Noah on September 2nd, I will
be presenting a new series in that world called The Shadowdwellers.
It’s focusing on one of the more secluded races of Nightwalkers. You
won’t see much, if any, of the Demons and other mainstream
Nightwalkers in this series. Also, the language changes…as it would
with any culture. Heck, my writing is evolving, hopefully for the
If you could bring
one of your characters to life, who would it be and why?
Noah. His power would be frightening in real life. I think Jacob.
(from who you’ve met so far, anyway) Because his is a power that can
revitalize the earth and the life living on the planet. We
desperately need that.
What is your guilty
Ben and Jerry….Pistachio Pistachio
What do you
consider your greatest strength? Any weaknesses?
greatest strength is my friends. If you mean writing, it’s my
ability to write really fast by the seat of my pants. As for
weaknesses, I have plenty of those. Ben and his brother Jerry. My
family I suppose. They can be either or. Any family is like that.
Procrastination. I am a HUGE procrastinator. But my one true
weakness is my body. Illness, medication, weight…they add up to one
of my worst frustrations. Again, if we talk strictly writing, it’s
the damn accent in my head. There are a lot of NY colloquialisms
that don’t translate, words I use wrongly because of that. I as ‘s’
when I shouldn’t or my grammar gets turned around. Luckily, I write
way better than I talk. (Way better. An example. LOL!)
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us? Current or upcoming releases?
is June 3rd. Noah is September 2nd! The
Shadowdwellers is starting January ’09.
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