Are you Married? kids? pets?
I’m recently divorced and learning to be me again. No kids, but I have two loyal dogs and a super stealthy ninja kitty to keep me company.
What/who/ How did you get started writing?
My stories started as fits and figments of imagination captured in the margins of notebooks back in school. My first manuscript was typed in the word processing program of a Tandy 1000xl. Multiple fledgling stories migrated to Windows 3.x with MS Works and then on to Windows 95 and MS Word. (I know, I’m a PC, but I have much admiration for Mac)
Now, my writing is done in Liquid Story Binder with component based authoring, but the stories still start as bits of random thought and captured plot bunnies in a notebook.
Do you want to thank one person in particular for giving that extra push?
If you ever have the chance to spend time with my little sister and me in tandem, you’ll find it to be a unique experience. It’s a bit like watching the Bynars interact, anime style.
Without her, some of my stories would never have evolved from the random plot bunnies hopping through my head.
I am very thankful to her for helping me round up those plot bunnies.
How many books did you attempt before you were published?
Two full length novels are sitting on the shelf, one of which will never see the light of day (it really was that bad). They both helped me find my voice, though, and laid the groundwork for later worlds.
Do you have any MUST haves to write? Food, drink or time?
I need some sort of media to capture words. I prefer my laptop and Liquid Story Binder for heavy duty writing, but I often draft scenes on my iPad in Notes or jot down outlines in a paper notebook. I’ll even capture random tidbits in my Blackberry.
Which novel is your favorite of your books?
Thus far, Heart’s Sentinel is the only full length novel and wins by default.
Red’s Wolf is the second in the Terra’s Guardians series and novella length, while Evie’s Gift is completely set apart as a steampunk short story with romantic elements.
Who is your favorite character?
I gotta go with Toby. Read Evie’s Gift and you’ll want a Toby too, trust me.
How many books do you have in the work now?
I’m focused on Book #3 in the Terra’s Guardians series, tentatively titled Full Disclosure. I’ve also got outlines for books 4 and 5 with a few rogue scenes already written.
For your next book, What is the name and when is the release date?
Evie’s Gift is a steampunk short story completely separate from the Terra’s Guardians series. It will be released by Decadent Publishing in December as part of their holiday line up.
What inspired you write this book?
I’ve wanted to write steampunk for a while now. Evie and her little companion, Toby, spoke so strongly to me as a pair that I just had to give them an airship to ride, a submarine trying to blow them up and fun adventures to be had.
Do you like writing hot romance scenes?
I love writing hot hanky panky. LOL. It took a bit to warm up in Heart’s Sentinel, and things heated up quickly in Red’s Wolf. I decided to start the flames sooner in Full Disclosure. Chocolate always helps those scenes along, but a healthy helping of Man Candy is always appreciated. 😉
Do you have plans for another new book/series?
Absolutely. The plot bunnies, they are Everywhere.
Readers can look forward to a sci fi romance series from me someday as well as another paranormal romance series. I’d also love to write a follow up to Evie’s Gift and add to my steampunk work.
What is the 1st book you remember reading and falling in love with?
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
In fact, I recently attended PhilCon with him as the Principal Speaker.
Who is your favorite author? Favorite series?
Gah. Do I have to pick one?
My favorite series is the Black Jewels by Anne Bishop. I love the way she built the Realms with her passionate and violent Warlord Princes.
While I love Anne Bishop, I also can’t get enough of Lisa Kleypas, Kelley Armstrong, Patricia Briggs, Nalini Singh and Lora Leigh.
What is your favorite quote?
From one of my books? Here’s my favorite snippet shared from my NaNoWriMo project, the next book in the Terra’s Guardians series:
A little mean streak found its way to the surface and he added, “Can’t leave a delicious little thing like you out here with just these boys to protect you.”
She recovered quickly, replying with a touch of tart. “Well, I’ll be sure to have dinner ready then, so we don’t tempt your appetite.”
Do you have a favorite book cover?
Of my current book covers, I have to say Red’s Wolf is my favorite. I love them all, though, and Dara England is a fabulous cover artist!
Naughtiest book you ever read?
If we’re talking naughty, I think it would be Lora Leigh’s Nauti Boy. I’ve got a thing for soldiers. 😉
Blue. But in eyes, I love hazel eyes that turn blue or green depending on the light. *melts*
Tell us something no one knows.
I have at least one super sekrit alternate identity, maybe more. *nods*
Thank you for your time, please add anything extra you think is relevant or just needs to be said.
I’d like to thank you, Kelly, for reviewing Heart’s Sentinel and hosting me for this author interview. Heart’s Sentinel will be coming to print early next year for those who love the feel of paper under their fingertips.
I’m also looking forward to getting my copy of your 2011 Man Candy Calendar in support of a good cause.