1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a sassy mom and grandmother who could draft a pattern for a lacing corset while I watched reruns of Bones. I’m serious. I’m also a queen of double entendre and my witty one liners will keep you laughing because I always carry a double dose of humor with me.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I work 40+ hours a week, go to college, have a family, sew, exercise, and write. So, I’m bored a lot. Not!
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Um, people have routines? J I have no idea how I do it. I just do. I’m told that I’m either getting a super hero cape in the mail, or a handicap sticker.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Things come to me at random times and could be based on something I’ve seen or something someone says. So far this year, the ideas are moving faster than the rain we’ve been getting in Atlanta.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
My paranormal series (Savage series) is ten books and by far my most loved work. It started out at 3 and then grew faster than my hair. I put into those characters everything that I wanted to put into a book, and then tossed fictional daggers at them.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m always making fun of my little quirks, so most people know my “issues”. Here’s one that hasn’t been mentioned outside of my immediate family, I count “punch buggies”. It started when I was driving over 300 miles per week for my previous job and it kept my mind off traffic, or how tired I was. I would see how many adorable Volkswagen Beetles that I could find per day. You can imagine how high that number can be when traveling out of state. J
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
60% imagination and 40% things that I’ve battled with in my 40+ years
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Vivien is the name of that red headed spitfire who loves to scream ideas at me in the shower or whisper them in my ear while I’m driving. I sincerely believe that she’s bipolar, but please don’t tell her that I said that. (Gulp.)
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I wouldn’t mind doing a period piece one day. But for now, I’m quite happy with paranormal. Especially since I currently have fourteen books sketched out.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Laurell K. Hamilton and Sherrilynn Kenyon – these women have written more than one series each and have made some of it last past twenty books, as we beg for more. I want to follow in their fictional footsteps.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
That’s a hard one to answer. Both of my spring releases are steamy couples that overcome evil to be together.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
For me, the hardest part is selling your idea. You can write until your fingers are numb but if you can’t sell it, then it just collects dust and gathers remorse. Plus, you have to have a thicker skin to accept the rejections as you keep your chin up.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Learn as much as possible. Write what you love while being true to yourself and your craft. I wrote first and learned the rules after writing my second book. Several revisions later, they’re both releasing this spring. I didn’t give up or give in. I just kept working at it and there’s tons more to learn.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I wanted to be a veterinarian but I didn’t have the means for eight years of college, so I spent over 20 years in accounting. If I wasn’t in college for medical certificates, then I’d still be crunching numbers for a small business.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
At this moment, I’d have to say a long weekend at Biltmore, during Christmas, for an anniversary or birthday surprise.
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?
Andromeda releases on ebook through Secret Cravings Publishing March 21, 2013.
She’s a real fortune telling psychic who happens to be a 400 year old virgin vampire. She hides what she is, living as a human. While he is destined to be her mate, a vision shows he's also destined to die in her arms because of what she is. This mortal man chooses to be with this enchanting woman as he believes that they can change his fate. When things heat up in her love life, her maker comes back for her. He’s never stopped his need to possess her body and own her very soul. She enrages her vampire stalker by fighting for her mortal man. Will their love be enough to survive the coming battle? Both mortal and maker fight for the power in her touch but only one man can have her body.
“Just tell me what you saw and we’ll go from there.”
“I saw us kissing, you holding my hand at my house, you walking me home and us as lovers.”
“I see. But those are all good things. The bad part?”
“I know that I need to tell you what I saw. But this is going to be hard to absorb.”
“Just tell me.”
“I saw you die.”
I waited for his reaction. He was very quiet and then jumped off the wall and began pacing.
“You saw me die. Okay. I need to know where, when and how.”
I could only watch as I said, “I can only tell you that there was a lot of blood and that I was holding you when you drew your last breath. There’s fuzziness around the image, as if it wasn’t quite true yet.”
“Everyone makes decisions that can change their destiny. So this can be avoided then, right?”
“Yes. Everyone can change their future by changing the decisions that lead up to it. I have regulars because of this. But the only thing that can stop this is if you stay away from me.”
There. I’d said it.
“So, I die because of you but you don’t know how or when?” It was commendable that he was seriously trying to rationalize this.
“Yes. And that’s all I can tell you. I understand if you want to run away and never look back. I’m sorry.”
“What makes you think that? Do you see me doing that? I’ve seen too much loss in my life to just take that as the gospel truth. I am master of my own destiny. I won’t be going out like that.”
He stood in front of me and I looked into his eyes. There it was, the truth of the matter. I see him with me until his death and then nothing else. For either of us.
Had I truly found my mate and was his death something we could avoid? I saw something in his eyes, determination, and he leaned closer to me.
He whispered, “I’m not sorry.”
“You already know.”
Then he kissed me.