Today we are getting the chance to talk with her about her latest book "The Claiming Words"
1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m a wife and a mother of four. We currently live in the St Louis area.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Well, three of my kids still live at home, so I spend lots of time with them. I also enjoy reading and have been known to make jewelry, but it’s a been a while since I’ve indulged in that particular hobby.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I tend to do my best writing late at night after all the kids have gone to bed, though if I’m really in a writing state of mind, I’ll write every available second.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
My ideas are really random. I once came up with a book idea while mopping the kitchen floor.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
The Claiming Words series holds a special place in my heart since it’s the first. If I had to pick my favorite book out of the series, it would be the third book, The Bonds of Sacrifice.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
I’m ridiculously clumsy and accident-prone just like Bella from Twilight.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
The Claiming Words is pure imagination, but The Fifth Circle (yet unreleased) is probably the most personal of all my books.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I haven’t named my muse, but that isn’t a bad idea.
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 contemporary romance for adults.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I enjoy Nora Roberts, Michel Prince, Amy Metz, and many, many others.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female character is Alisa from The Claiming Words. I can identify with her shy nature and lack of self-confidence. I was just like her in high school. My favorite male character is Bryce. He’s surly and intimidating, but there’s definitely a nice guy underneath the rough exterior.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
It’s tough when my muse won’t talk to me. It’s hard to decide when I need to push myself to write through writers block and when I need to give myself permission to take a break.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write with reckless abandon until you have the first draft on paper. You can always edit later. Too many authors struggle to make every word perfect in the first draft and they end up frustrated at how long the process is taking. Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of writing THE END. It’s a huge confidence booster.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’ve held down a full time job during most of my writing career, so I’ve had to fit writing in whenever I could. I don’t watch as much television as I used to and I don’t get as many hours of sleep.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A luxury beachfront cabin on an exotic, secluded island.
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 Claiming Words is the first book in my YA fantasy series. Here’s the pitch…
When Jace moves to Oaktree, he attracts the interest of everyone in school, but only one girl captures his attention, or maybe two. Alisa is an outcast, but when she saves Jace from a Hunter, she finds herself drawn into a world of friendship and magic. Rachel has always felt different from everyone she grew up with until an encounter with the new student illustrates how unique she is. As dangerous forces descend upon the small southern town, each girl shares a special connection with Jace. Only one will win his love.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the book…
Using all my strength, I quickly grabbed his ankle and pulled until he was airborne for a split-fraction of a second. He fell on his behind, but sprang to his feet with unnatural speed, and faced me once again. I briefly wondered whether or not he used a little magic, but decided it didn’t matter. Bryce smiled at me, nodding once to acknowledge the fact that I’d bested him. He darted forward, and I launched my body to the side, remembering to keep low. I managed to dig my elbow into his side, and was rewarded by his quick intake of breath. Score another point to me.
The battle quickly went downhill from there. Bryce was faster, stronger, and had the advantage of professional training, not to mention magic. Before I knew it, I was lying on the mat flat on my back with Bryce straddling me, his forearm on my throat. He’d managed to disable me without hurting me at all. He hovered over me and I could feel his breath in my ear. Leaning close he said softly, “Well, done, Alisa.” He stood quickly and reached down to help me to my feet.
You can find The Claiming Words on Amazon:
Or you can visit theclaimingwords.com for more information on the series.