1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Vast topic! In short, I’m a bit crazy, super smart, super sensitive, have a wild imagination, a man, two grown kids and 2 fine cats. I’ve lived and continue to live an adventurous life with lots of stories to tell!
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m an avid scuba diver, currently training to be an SSI Dive Control Specialist which is a fancy term for an assistant instructor.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I wake up at 5 or 6, roll out of bed and write. When I’m not sitting at my computer, I’m writing in my head. When I’m REALLY inspired, I will send myself emails from wherever I am to capture the thoughts whirling through my head. I love to write. Love to make up worlds, situations, people and places. Always learning. Always growing with writing.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
As I said above, I live a colorful life. An idea can come from anywhere. Wicked Whispering came to be when I met a guy in Hawaii who photographed sea life and determined the sex of humpback whales (the only way to tell is to dive below them and photograph their naughty bits). The idea for the book I just finished, The Beckoning of Beautiful Things came when I was encouraged to write from a place that provoked fear in me. A good friend, Ron, often whispers things in my ear, hoping his ideas will snake around my ideas.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I like all my books but I think A Wicked Beginning and The Beckoning of Beautiful Things are current favorites. In A Wicked Beginning, I love the way Cam Tyson grows to accept things he could not accept by facing truths inside and coming to peace with a dangerous “star dreamling” who was stalking him from another galaxy. Beckoning pulled me into romantic suspense and facing evil. I’m exploring this deeper in the next in the Beckoning Series The Beckoning of Broken Things.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Hmmm. Something funny…well, if you knew me you’d know I have a really warped and raunchy sense of humor. If you didn’t know me and then you met me and sat down with me over a glass of wine, you’d think, “Wow, she’s got a warped and raunchy sense of humor.” And I look cute like Doris Day or some such. People are usually surprised to learn I can speak so boldly and openly about sex and sexuality. Okay, having said that… (pulls collar and clears throat) (now whispering, face red) Do you know where I said in question 4 above that The Beckoning Book was born from being provoked by fear? I was reading The Joy of Writing Sex, by Elizabeth Benedict. There was a passage that said “Use fear to guide your writing.” And I thought (clutches hands together and gulps) it would just be wrong to use snap peas as a sex toy. I kid you not. That thought went through my head. It disturbed me. And so I sat down to write. And no, no one in The Beckoning of Beautiful Things has sex with snap peas. It was just my launching topic.
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Oh, abso-frigging-lutely they’re based in real life experiences! That’s what makes them so fun. I combine fact with fiction, a heaping dose of imagination and let nature do the rest.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
a. Ha ha – the first thing that came to mind is Honesty. I find that living an honest life keeps things flowing. My intuition is always pushed by being present and sharing what I feel.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
a. I’m exploring romantic suspense, combined with paranormal. I love the paranormal but have to stretch my wings to write suspense. I’m enjoying it, though.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
J.R. Ward, Jacqueline Carey, Karen Marie Moning are everlasting faves.
11. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I love Cam Tyson from the Wicked Series – he’s a hunk of love and lust, always horny, and, although kind of rugged, really tries to do the right thing. I love my Wicked Series villains Joe Dallas and Jill Primcott. They’re crazy fun. And Marissa Engles, from the Beckoning of Beautiful Things is going to be an outstanding favorite. She’s artistic, sensitive, beautiful and coming to grips with her special abilities as a Light Rebel.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Marketing! Indie Authors have to do it all AND survive while doing it all.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Write. Don’t stop.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
Everything I’ve ever wanted to do, I’ve done. I’ve taught dance and movement, built websites, was a galleried artist for a while, taught firewalking and numerous other topics including various softwares and web design, now I co-own my own web design and development business and write, write, write. So, in short, if I wasn’t writing I’d definitely be doing something else but if I knew what that was I’d be doing it!
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
This month, it would be a trip to Palau to dive with sharks. That’s one of my favorite places to dive. Next month, I’d probably pick something different. And yes, for me and my sweetie pie, diving together is very romantic.
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?
I had so much fun writing The Beckoning of Beautiful Things. It’s the story of a Light Rebel who lost her Light Rebel skills and memory when she lost her parents at age fifteen. Here’s the blurb:
Artist Marissa Engles has hidden in a world of paint and sorrow, ever since her parents died eleven years ago. When she meets Daniel Navid, sparks fly – literally – from her fingers to his. She’s immediately swept from her pristine world into one of terrifying darkness, dazzling, electrifying light, and unimaginable sensual pleasures.
With her faithful Doberman by her side, Marissa uses her creative imagination to restore her Light Rebel skills. She comes face to face with pure evil - the demented sorcerer known as El Demonio de la Muerte.
El D’s got plans for her. He plans to charm her into forgetting she ever met Daniel Navid, the sexiest, most dangerous man she’s ever known.
Here’s the excerpt:
After Daniel left, Marissa pushed away from the table, and stood up. She stacked the plates one on top of the other.
Karin came bustling out. “I’ll get that,” she snapped.
“Oh! You surprised me. I was only trying to help.”
“Well, you can help the most if you don’t break his heart,” she hissed in Marissa’s ear. “He had a horrible ending to his last relationship, and I don’t want a repeat of that one.”
“What makes you think I have any thoughts of breaking his heart?”
“I’ve seen the way he looks at you. He’s already tossed his heart in the ring.”
“No searing love stories have been written here yet. He’s a big boy, Karin. I think he can take care of his heart.”
“That’s what his last girlfriend said. Only she was no Numen – she didn’t have the gift. She had no power other than her power over him.”
Numen? Marissa’s forehead creased deeply. “I don’t have a clue what you are talking about.”
“Wrong answer,” Karin said, dropping silverware onto the plate with a clatter. “You’ve got the gift. I can feel it. Don’t pretend to be naïve. I’ll be watching you.” She hustled out of the room.
Gift? The levity Marissa had been feeling ran for cover. Glaring toward the kitchen, she stalked outside. She crawled onto the day bed and curled into a tight ball. Gift?, she thought again.
“Is everything alright?” Daniel asked her a few minutes later. “Karin’s in a snit. And where did that beautiful, capricious woman I was dining with go? What happened? Did Karin offend you in any way? She can be a bit brusque.” He crawled in beside her, much closer than before.
“She hissed at me to not break your heart.”
Daniel nodded. “I see. She’s pretty protective of me. She’s like a mother to me, in a way.”
“Where does your mom live?”
“Far, far away.” He appeared pensive for a moment. “You do look like the heartbreaker type,” he teased. “Such a beautiful heartbreaker.” He reached out to push her hair from her eyes.
“She seemed pretty insistent, saying you had a horrible breakup last time.”
“It was horrid, but it wasn’t a breakup. She died.”
Marissa’s hand flew to her face. “Oh! I’m so sorry!”
“It’s over, Marissa. It was a long time ago.”
“Oh, 11 years, I’d say.”
“Eleven years! And you haven’t dated since?”
He shook his head sadly, side to side. “Not really. Random dates, here and there. Never any long-term things. Guys like me sometimes give their heart away and get wounded in the end. Then guys like me retreat.”
He stared at her long and hard, as if considering what to say. “You might find this hard to believe, but she was killed by sorcery. It was dark, dark magic.”
He said this as if he were speaking in ordinary conversation like, “The weather’s cool tonight” or “Dinner was excellent.” The sentence hung in the air like a lit fuse.
A deep chill wrapped around Marissa. She hugged her knees to her chest. Her third eye burst open as if the fuse at the end of the sentence had reached its mark and exploded. She pressed her fingertips to her head and rubbed hard, scrunching up her face. Uhh. There’s that woman again. The green goddess. Who are you, and what do you want?
“Are you alright?” Daniel said, his voice laced with concern.
“I feel like you detonated a bomb in here. ‘Oh, Marissa, my last girlfriend got killed by sorcery.’ Let’s see how you do.”
“Are you my girlfriend now?”
She quickly looked up. “No, I just meant that…”
“It’s alright. I was just teasing. Or maybe hoping. I’m enjoying our date a lot.”
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