1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Well, I could lie and say I was 22, a rich fashion model/actress or I could tell you I’m a sex therapist who practices what I preach but then that wouldn’t be fair to anyone would it? Actually, I’m a mother, grandmother and most recently a great grandma! (and that is the truth).
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Sadly, there isn’t a lot of free time to do a lot more these days. My writing keeps me pretty busy. In fact, I think I’m busier now that I am suppose to be retired than when I was teaching history at the university. I do to tend to take Sundays off (not always). I love going to the theatre or relaxing and watching a film or two, especially films that have been made from books I have read.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I am one of those writers whose stores unfold in her dreams so once my muse shows me what to write I grab a cup of coffee and hit the computer pretty earlier. (Usually before the sun comes up). I’m at the computer most days until way past lunch (2-3pm) when I am working n a rough draft. I’ll take a little break; run to the post office, take a nap or clean house then pick up where I left off until dinner time. My evenings are split between working on edits, going to RWA or critique meetings. Sounds like a boring life, doesn’t it?
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
As I previous mentioned I’m a dreamer. My nightly dreams are much like watching a television show or movie, usually in a little slower motion. Sadly, my muse doesn’t always show me what is happening in chronological order so I have to go back and insert scenes into the manuscript.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
Although I have written several books, some published, some waiting in line to be published, I’m hooked on my own paranormal series. Please don’t ask me to pick which one of the eleven books in it. It’s kind of like being hooked on a television series, no one episode is your favorite.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
As a child and young adult I was hooked on I love Lucy. To hear my mother tell it, I imitated Lucy a lot in my younger years. Guess a part of that show and Lucy will always be with me… so much so even some of my on-line gaming friends continue to make jokes with by calling me L-U-C-Y!.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
I think all writers will inadvertently place some of their real life experiences in their work. Lord knows, we as writers rely on our own emotions in order to grab the reader in an emotional scene. More than once I have sat at the computer writing while I bawled my head off hoping to capture the same emotion with words.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
At one time I would have said Gabriel, but after opening my self up to him and the series a whole cast of characters flooded in. To name them all would take up too much time.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I’d love to write a screen play.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I love J.R Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood; almost everything from Lara Adrian and Suzanne Brockman.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
Boy that is another really hard question. I love all the Guardians from my series; who wouldn’t love seven physically fit immortals who imitates sex from every pore of their bodies? But I also love watching the heroines from the series come into their own. I’m perhaps closest to Jennifer, since I have had more time with her than any of the others.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Trying to find time to do everyone one is expected to do these days. I do miss the “good old days,” when a writer’s job was to crawl into some remote corner and write. Now days, one is not only expected to write story after story they are expected to edit, promote, make public appearances and much more.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Be true to your muse. I’ve watched a lot of great young authors take so many classes (not that there is anything wrong with educating one self in this field) who forget to listen to their muse when applying everything they have learned. Suddenly, their fantasy becomes a thriller; the H & H are replaced by someone they created after watching a good movie… I hope I didn’t loose you on that one.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’ve been writing for years even before I retired from my teaching career although I didn’t switch genres until I retired. I’d probably be living it up on some remote beach somewhere drinking a Mai Tai.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
See number #14.
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, Eternal Nights is the second book in my Sekhmet’s Guardian series. Although one might consider it a stand alone, book two picks up shortly after book one ends. Jennifer and Gabriel have returned from their honeymoon only to discover Raphael, who Jennifer trusted to take care of Nowaki while they were gone, thinks he is going loco. He has not only been seeing the same woman in his dreams since they left, he is now hearing the wolf speak.
With each passing day Jessica’s consciousness grew stronger. For twenty years she was content to remain as she was—trapped inside another. The life she led came to an abrupt end the moment she laid eyes on Raphael. At first she suspected they were destined to be together--his gentle touch confirmed it. Although he didn’t know it, he ignited waves of a fiery passion that burned deep into her soul. It became brighter every day, giving her the strength she needed. Somehow she would find a way to free herself from her grandmother’s powerful magic.
Since her birth she learned vicariously from observing others of her kind and until now she was satisfied with the life she led. She had everything one would need to live a meaningful life without the stress the human world inflicts on its inhabitants. With each passing day her obsession to be more than she was, intensified. Jessica knew she was gifted with her race's abilities to communicate with others but until now she had never used them. They say practice makes perfect and she was at a point now where she could make her presence known—at least to him.
Excerpt: (Taken from a rescue scene)
Paralyzed by what he witnessed in the dim light of the flashlight; he called Michael on his headset the minute the images became clear to him. The room looked like something straight out the Robin Cook’s novel, Coma.
Ten beige studio sleeper chairs, the kind that unfold and make into a guest bed were lined up side by side on the floor. On top of seven of the make shift beds were unconscious females. No sheets, no blankets, just the naked women exposed to the elements lying on the beds. An old fashion IV pole holding two bags of, who knew what kind of fluid, stood between each two beds. Plastic tubing from the bags fed the fluid into the women.
“Find anything we can use to cover these women, blankets, towels, sheets,” the soldier who entered the room in front of Raziel yelled upstairs.
Michael entered the underground chamber and he approached the first bed. His only comment, “Jesus Christ!” related everyone’s thoughts.
He quickly assessed the women were alive, but barely. They were so heavily sedated, for who knew how long, he didn’t know what kind of permanent damage had been done to them.
Gabriel and Raphael soon joined the three in the small chamber and began quickly covering the naked females whose skin was like ice. There was no heat or lights in the chamber.
“How the hell did they manage to get the women and the supplies through the small entrance?” asked Raphael.
Getting them out of there was going to take some expert maneuvering to say the least. The five men barely had any space to move about in the room as it was.
Several flashlights were passed down to the men in the room in order to give Michael more light as he quickly disentangled the women from their IV’s and bandaged their arms. Upon further examination, he discovered five of the women had a closed IV Catheter System in place on their opposite arm which had been used like a faucet to draw blood from them.
Once Michael had the women ready for transport, Raziel went top side. The beds the women laid upon were moved towards the back of the room and bunched together. Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Thomas and Ariel, who had taken the soldier and Raziel’s place made a wall around the women. Turning to face the women, they used their backs as a shield while Raziel blew a larger hole between the two floors.
The women were lifted one by one out of the underground chamber then taken to the first floor of the house.
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