had the chance to visit with a very talented author. So,
without further delay let’s hear from
Did you always want
to be a writer?
It’s going to sound really cliché, but yes, I’ve wanted to be a
writer since my early teens. I started writing and sharing tales
with my friends when I was about fourteen.
Tell us what makes
a dreamer who absolutely loves books. I’m a very determined person
who likes to set personal goals, deadlines and also an almost
compulsive double checker. I’m loyal, friendly and curse whenever
the situation calls for it.
When writing do you
have a schedule you follow?
every single day, except for weekends. Weekends are family time with
the hubby and daughter, though I still think about storylines and
jot down notes.
Friday, I write as soon as I get home from dropping my daughter off
at school and don’t stop until it’s time to go pick her up. I also
like to squeeze in a final session after she’s tucked into bed,
before the hubby gets home. If there’s an available moment there,
I’ll take it.
Tell us some of
your favorites…foods, movies, music, authors, books, colors, and any
others you want to share?
I’ll only mention my most favorites in each category:
Hubby’s lamb roast
The Lost Boys, Star Wars
Anything and everything by 30 Seconds to Mars
Clive Barker, Stephen King
Too many to name
Black and red
When writing do you
plan your stories out before starting or do they develop as you
a total pantser. I usually start out with an idea and the main
characters. I jot as much as I can into a notebook, research and
find character pics on the net. I like to have them for inspiration.
Then, I just write. Some planning is involved, otherwise I have no
idea where I’m going, but it’s minimal.
usually unfolds as I move along and surprises pop up all over the
place. Then, I get to a certain stage in the story when the rest of
it rushes into my head and I know the main points left and where I
want to get. Still, the getting there can remain a mystery until the
You write primarily
paranormal and urban fantasy. What about this genre appeals to
you? Do you see yourself writing in different genres?
love urban fantasy. Most of the books I pick up to read are
urban fantasy, and paranormals. There’s just something about
otherworldly creatures co-existing within or in the shadows of our
society that really appeals to me. You just never know what’s out
there and I love to play around with that notion. Besides, I love
researching paranormal and mythological creatures.
written a Sci-Fi novella, which has been contracted by Cobblestone
Press. I’ve also written a futuristic/cyberpunk novel, another
dealing with aliens and a lot of horror short stories. I want to
write more in these genres, but don’t think I could ever write a
straight out contemporary. I’ve tried, but somehow, creatures of the
dark always wind up making their way into the plot.
You write a series
of connected books. Do you enjoy writing stories that are connected
or do you find it more difficult? I know as a reader, I absolutely
love stories that are connected.
reading and writing a series. I enjoy if it’s about the same
main character - as I did with the first Fae-Hunters trilogy - or if
a different narrator is introduced within the same world. That’s
something I did for my upcoming Cobblestone Press October release
called, Sandy Shore. It follows the events of Alana Blues
but features two different characters.
How do you promote
I try to
blog almost every day and wander over to MySpace to send out
bulletins. I’m also part of a group blog called, Divas of the Dark.
I have a monthly newsletter, and an announcement group. Plus I pop
over to Cobblestone Main Street as much as I can and into a few
attending live chats. They’re always a LOT of fun. Loop chats are
cool too but with the time difference and having to organize
everyday stuff, I always turn up after everyone’s already gone home.
What was the best
piece of advice you received when starting out? Do you have any
advice for aspiring writers?
advice I remember reading about in many writing articles is the same
one I like to give. Write! You just have to write. If you’re a
writer you write. Real life has a tendency to get in the way a lot,
but if you allocate a little time every day, it all adds up.
keep writing the story until you get to the end. Worry about all the
problems while you’re doing revision. If you remember something that
needs to be changed or added, take notes. It can be very tempting
and distracting to keep going back, forgetting that to tell the
story, you need to move forward.
writing and never give up. I know I haven’t.
If you could travel
to any place or time…where would you go and why?
love to go to the future. I can’t say exactly what year because it
would have to be when humans can drive flying cars and can travel to
Do you enjoy
hearing from your readers and what is the best way to contact you?
absolutely love hearing from readers, so if you’d like to
contact me, don’t hesitate to email:
I love to hear opinions about my tales.
How would you spend
a perfect day?
day can come in many different ways. But I’ll concentrate on just
one for now…it would have to be sunny, with a clear blue sky. I
always feel happy and inspired when the sun’s out. Then, my family
and I would go for a really nice long walk beside the river near our
house. I love walking and spending time with my hubby and daughter,
so this is perfect.
If you could bring
one of your characters or any character to life, who would it be and
I think I
would have to say Mason from Guarded By Stone, simply because
I love gargoyles and have always been fascinated by them. How cool
would it be to see the city from a gargoyle’s angle?
What do you find to
be the most difficult thing about the writing business?
in is really hard, finding that perfect market for your style of
writing can take a long time. And of course, the waiting game is
Is there anything
else you would like to share with us? Any current or upcoming
Fae-Hunters installment will be released in late April by
Cobblestone Press. The Hunter changes narrator, and the story
takes a different direction.
My story Selkie Skin will be released at the end of May in the latest
Whispers Midnight Fantasies print anthology.
two eBooks coming soon with Forbidden Publications, and a Dark Tarot
novel in August from Tease Publishing. I also have the Vampire
Oracle Death coming in September from Cobblestone Press.
way to keep up with what’s coming soon is to check my website at