1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Sure! I`m an avid reader, writer of M/M and M/F romantic comedies, lover of coffee, laughter, romance, dairy goats, yellow cats, Marvel comics, and fan girl for the New York Rangers and their goalie. I`ve been married to the same man for over 22years, have one daughter who is seventeen, and own two dogs, two cats, many goats, and too many chickens to count.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I enjoy playing Xbox games with my daughter and watching TV with my hubby. We`re quite fond of The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Vikings, Game of Thrones, and Duck Dynasty. If I`m not watching those few shows, I`ll either be writing or have my nose stuck in a book. I also spend a ridiculous amount of time reading about Greek mythology. And then there is my rabid love of professional ice hockey. Go Rangers!
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I get up early, to the morning chores, get the teen on the school bus, and then hit the keyboard. Sometimes if the idea can`t wait until morning, I`ll get up and jot it down in a notebook.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
They just seem to appear for the most part. A few have come to me after some sort of natural event, or perhaps a song, or a random idea.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
This is hard to answer. Of late it`s whatever story I`m working on is my favorite. But if I had to choose just one, it would probably be Love of the Hunter, which is an M/M mythological romance that retells the legend of Orion. It is a powerful, dramatic retelling that had me in tears as I wrote it.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I do this crazy happy dance around the house when I type The End.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
They are basically from my imagination, but I do put my life experiences into them, as I think all authors do.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Sometimes I think her name is Voldemort, but most days I like to call her Lu-Lu.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I always thought it would be cool to write a western.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
JR Ward, Rick Riordan, George RR Martin, Diana Gabaldon, Armistead Maupin.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Oh boy. I am particularly fond of Libby, my heroine from the Gods & Goats books. The leading ladies of my To Love a Wildcat upcoming hockey romance series are all dear to my heart. Each one is different but they are all so strong in their own ways. As for the fellows, Ares of course from the Gods & Goats books, Apollo from Love of the Hunter, Paul and Gordon from my zom-rom-com series and Templeton, the shape-shifter from An Erie Halloween.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Those days when you sit and stare at that blank Word page.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Do it. Don`t let your teachers, spouses, kids, sisters, brothers, co-workers, online friends, the mail carrier or the dog clipper tell you that you can`t. Do it despite them telling you that you can`t.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I`d still be a dairy goat raiser and mom/wife, I would just have a hundred thousand people inside my head jabbering nonstop.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now-
Blurb- Templeton Reed has been hiding his inner polecat since he was a child. Keeping his animal secreted is hard for a shifter, especially when one is living in a secret community of mystical beings. It`s the wolf shifters that cause Templeton the most trouble with their darned sensitive noses.
To start his Monday off with a bang Templeton has a run-in with the Lake Erie pack and their alpha, Mikel Lupei, at the Office for Transmogrification Registration where he has a desk job checking registration papers. After that upsetting meeting the meek and mild office worker suddenly finds himself in the center of not only civil unrest among the shifter community, but a violent plan for a coup aimed at rousting Mikel.
The office worker and the skilled tracker of rogues are soon not only fighting for their lives, they`re also fighting the rigidly archaic rules of their kind, as well as the person responsible for trying to take over Mikel`s pack from the inside. Can this magical odd couple turn a passionate attraction into a full-fledged love affair?
Excerpt- As I walked, I rolled odd change around inside my coat pockets. The streets were busy as last minute shoppers ran to get their candy and costumes for the big night tomorrow. Head down and mind running a mile a minute, I never saw the brick wall disguised as a man I ran into. Face into the wind, I never smelled him either. The amber eyes and brindle hair were all that stopped me from either screaming or shifting. Mikel pulled me into a small bookstore. I went along because I really had no choice, but once inside the quaint bookery, I jerked my arm from his grasp. Several patrons glanced at us. Mikel muscled me into a row holding non-fiction and historical. He grabbed a book and opened it, his sharp gaze flitting between me and a fascinating how-to grow-your-own-beets book.
“Is there a reason you abducted me from the street?” I asked, moving back slightly when his big body pressed closer to allow a woman to pass behind him. His proximity was beyond distressing. It was arousing. Now that he had me cornered, there was no getting away from the heady scent that he exuded: Part sin, part warm fur, part earthy pine, wholly distracting.
“I`ve been trying to contact you for days. Why didn`t you return my calls?” he whispered, keeping his big chest plastered to my left arm. My spine was firmly against a book shelf.
“There are several reasons,” I replied trying to sound snooty but sounding meagerly twitterpated.” One is that our classes don`t mix. . .”
“That`s a paltry reason, Templeton,” Mikel said gruffly, snapping his beet book closed.
“Well, it may be for you, but when one`s boss tells one to keep his distance and – hey!” I grabbed for my glasses when he plucked them off the bridge of my nose. Folding my arms over my pea coat I glowered at the oaf. There would be no leaping up and down. Those days ended when I left high school. The touch of his fingers on my chin brought out an age-old response. I jerked back hard. The bookcase behind me wobbled dangerously. Mikel dropped his book to steady the shelving unit. My heart was trying to explode through my chest like an alien baby. The lycan inhaled several times then gave me a dark look.
“Calm yourself, Templeton, your odor is growing stronger.”
“Sorry, it`s just this is all too – too much,” I gasped, working to calm myself before the tingling at the base of my spine began. The bells over the front door tinkled melodiously. Soft conversation bounced off the spines of books. Mikel tipped my head back and kissed me. Right there in the middle of the non-fiction. His lips were soft. Sinfully soft. It took my lashes a moment after his mouth left mine to flutter upward. Squinting skyward, I tried to read his face but it was a blur. My glasses were placed back onto my face, albeit crookedly, and then I could see the glow of golden eyes. Oh my . . .
You can find your copy of An Erie Halloween and all my M/M novels at the Torquere Press store. An Erie Halloween releases on 10/30!
My next book will be the holiday M/M romance, All I Want for Christmas, coming from Torquere Press on 12/ 18!
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Thanks so much for having me Jamallah!