She is going to talk about herself as well as about her book "Code Name: Ghost" as well as giving us a look at the sequel to the book.
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a Milestone Woman, a name I coined knowing I was going to hit the half century mark this year. Translated, it means any woman who’s reached this age has jumped the hurdles life has thrown at her. She’s confident and still here to talk about it. She also has earned the right to alter course in her life, and that’s what I did. After being an officer with the Coast Guard for thirty years, I decided to start writing again. Although my first book is a sizzling Las Vegas romance called “Too Grand For Word”, I’ve settled into writing military romance now.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Spare time! Umm, you’re kidding right! LOL. Seriously, with my job, the overtime I work, and writing, the only thing that pops to mind is eating and sleeping. I still love doing those.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Although I do a rough outline, I’m more of a “throw it at the wall and see what slides down it” kind of author. I write until I run out of words and my brain is numb, then I go back and edit.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
I do of a lot psychological scene play. I’ll run it over and over in my head, but the root of the idea often comes from a quirk of real life. Working in the marine industry for so many years I have plenty to draw on.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I’m currently writing a five book series called “A Warrior’s Challenge”. It’s centered on a team of U.S. Navy SEALs and the challenges they battle at home and in the theater (combat). During the process of writing book one, a sixth book shot into my head, and I quickly wrote it down before it dribbled away. I think this will be my favorite. Without giving too much away, it’s because my two favorite characters from the first and second book in the series will create a legacy, and she’s going to be just like her parents!
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
(I’m drawing a blank.)
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Most definitely real life, although there is plenty of creative edge involved. The roots of each story are steeped in real life.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
They do, but because of the content and what happened to her in real life, I need to protect her identity.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Paranormal. Once I finish A Warrior’s Challenge series, I’ll be coming out with a new series. Some argue it’s Urban Fantasy, others call it Paranormal. Guess it’s a bit of a gray line, but it will have a lot of markers pointing toward “real magic” references to the bible and explanations or theories to some forgotten truths. It will be called “The Elemental Prophecy” series.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I seriously can’t pin that down. I’m a reviewer for InD’tale Magazine as well, and I’ve seen some great MS pass by, but I am eagerly awaiting the third book in a series by Brenda Dyer. Her first book is “Love’s Prophecy” and the second book is “Prophecy’s Child” The first book did very well in the R.O.N.E awards last year. I expect the second will do as well or better this year. She’s a very good writer.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Again, tough question, but I think I’m going to stick (for now) with Kayla (Snow White) Banks and Captain Thane (Ghost) Austen. The struggles to put their history behind them, is epic. He’s a legend in the SEAL community, and she’s a survivor. They fight to the bitter end to resist one another. Both are gritty, real life characters.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Time management. Writing the books is one thing. Marketing them is even more consuming. It’s a tough gig.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Know your subject matter, and write what you know. Build your confidence and your fan base with this foundation, and you can’t go wrong.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Still saving lives I guess, and I’ll continue to do that until I retire in five years. It’s a worthy profession and it’s kept Mac n Cheese off the table for most nights.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
Turtle Island. Must go to Turtle Island one day. Google it. You’ll see what I mean.
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?
The first book in “A Warrior’s Challenge” series is called Code Name: Ghost. It’s done pretty well making it to #7 on the Amazon best sellers list.
Blurb: Kayla is intent on leaving her past north of the border. Hired as a Canadian liaison by the US Navy, she finds the Coronado SEALs tough but amiable. Their Commander is another matter. With eyes like blue steel and a body carved from it, Kayla resists the hungry attraction between them for good reason.
Navy SEAL Commander Thane Austen (Ghost) treats his women like his missions: in, out and gone. Returning from deployment to find Kayla is his new tactical specialist poses a challenge, one he’s never faced. When the defiant beauty with haunted eyes becomes a serial killer’s target, the Commander has the excuse he needs to close ranks around her. Fear is a word unknown to the legendary SEAL until he realizes love can be as dangerous to a warrior as combat. Convincing Kayla to surrender to him and catching a killer is a mission he won’t fail.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VMAm5YvgWw
Buy link: Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/lm7zd9e Also available at most on line retailers including Chapters Indigo. E-copy and paperback.
Blurb: Kayla stands in the eye of a hurricane. Past and present are on a collision course, and her tactical experience won’t save her. She’s the target on a serial killer’s radar. The media brews a storm of confusion, pointing at the warriors stationed at Coronado. To catch the killer, she has to relinquish hope, and the Navy SEAL protecting her.
Navy SEAL Thane (Ghost) Austen is forced to choose between Kayla and his duty. If he deploys, she’ll die. If she returns to Canada, he’ll lose the woman who cracked his armor, and exposed his heart. Her abusive past is holding her hostage. There’s two battles to be won: to light Kayla’s Fire and extinguish the Shark’s. Life broke them both in half, but together they’re whole, and he’ll walk through hell to keep her. The conclusion to Ghost and Snow White’s fight to survive in, “A Warriors Challenge” series.
Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDcDni-ngP4