1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself? Well, there’s not much exciting to tell. I have the most wonderful husband in the world and two grown sons whom I adore. I have a full-time job which I really like, but my dream is to be able to someday write full-time.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time? I love to read, play computer games, go to nice places for dinner, and hang out with friends. Hubby and I love to watch movies together.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
Unfortunately, since I have a full-time job, I have to just do things in bits and pieces. I’m pretty good at keeping ideas in my mind, so I don’t have to rush to write them down. When I get home from work, I grab my laptop and start typing.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Sometimes, I’ll just be somewhere and I’ll hear or see something that triggers an idea. Even though I write mostly paranormal stuff, it’s still just everyday things that can give me that “aha!” moment. Then my brain starts building on the idea, and things just come out of left field.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I think my favorite story is Haunted Lake. The biggest reason is that I love the main male character, John. He’s scarred both physically and emotionally, but he takes a chance on love. Plus, there are some awesome ghosts in the story.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I still really, really love the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination? Pure imagination. My life is nowhere near as exciting as fiction.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
Okay, I’m afraid I’m about to make all writers cringe here. But I don’t really get the concept of a muse. It’s just little ole me. I just write.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’ve already ventured a little bit into horror with The Gnome, but I would really like to get into writing murder mysteries. I’m a total pantser when it comes to writing, but I think I would have to learn to be more of a plotter to write the twists and turns a good murder mystery needs. Someday, though.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Stephen King is my all-time favorite. He builds characters better than any author I know. I like Michael Connelly, F. Paul Wilson, J.R. Ward, Stephanie Bond, Ruth Ann Nordin, Kait Nolan, Susan Bischoff, Shannon Mayer. I know that’s an eclectic mix. There are so many more, I can’t even mention them all.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Well, earlier I mentioned John from Haunted Lake as my favorite male because he was so flawed, so he felt real to me. I guess my favorite female character is Libby Fox from the Vampires’ Curse novellas. I like her because she makes a lot of mistakes but her heart is in the right place.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Marketing. The actual writing is the fun part. But getting people to FIND your books…that’s a challenge.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Oh, there’s SO much advice. The main thing is to think of it as a job and treat it that way. Be professional, but still have fun with it. And part of being professional is to make sure your book is properly edited.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I would still be doing the full-time job I’m doing now. I used to have an Etsy shop with my best friend, but when she passed away, I lost interest in crafts.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway? The beach. I love the beach!
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?
My latest release was Soul of a Vampire, and I think it’s one of the better books I’ve written.
Soul of a Vampire blurb:
A vampire searching for what was taken from him.
A woman who may have the answers.
Nikolas longs for his soul even as the darkness in him tries to take over. Tessa searches frantically for a way to help Nickolas before it’s too late. Together they fight physical and emotional battles in their quest for the one thing that could allow them to be together. Will they make it before time runs out?
Excerpt from Soul of a Vampire:
“I’m teasing you, Nikolas. Come closer.”
“Why don’t you come sit down by the lake? We can talk for awhile, and then maybe you’ll agree to have dinner with me. Why are you staying in the shadows? Is something wrong?”
“Of course nothing is wrong, silly boy. But I want to show you something. Come to me,” she said.
For some reason, Nikolas felt compelled to do as she said. He didn’t know why, because this whole thing felt very odd. At the same time, he was very intrigued and even a little excited. He felt like this was an adventure. It was strange because he was usually so cautious, and suddenly Marianna didn’t seem like the kind of woman he wanted to be with. But as odd as this was, he found himself moving toward her. His mind was screaming that there was something very wrong with this, but something deep inside of him answered this siren’s call.
“That’s right, my handsome Greek lover, come to me,” she purred.
When Nik got close enough to finally see her, Marianna’s beauty took his breath away. The moon had risen and the pale light of it shone on her face, and Nik felt his body respond to her, call to her, and suddenly life was all about her. She took his face in her hands and drew him down to her, and he was powerless to resist. He didn’t want to resist. This was everything, this moment in the moonlight with the goddess who called herself Marianna.
“My Nikolas, I have a gift for you,” she murmured as she kissed him. He was lost. He wrapped his arms around her and wanted only to stay here with her for eternity.
He kissed her deeply and urgently, but soon she pulled back and looked at him. Smiling, she said, “And now for my gift.”
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