Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I've had 3 major career changes in my life. The first was as a nurse, the 2nd was as a counselor, and now a writer. I love all three! Unlike some authors I know, I didn't start writing when I was little. The interest hit when I dreamed my first story, Love's Captive in 1978. It took me to 1996 to make up my mind to finally write it, and it was published by New Concepts Publishing in 2000. I am published with Ellora's Cave , with 6 books, and New Concepts Publishing with 3 books and 2 short stories. I've been married to my soulmate for 25 years. We enjoy doing many activities together - dancing, dinner, movie, antiquing, walking in parks, etc.
If you could be one of your characters - Who would you be? And why?
I guess I would be Kasha from Heart of the Dragon. She is not only beautiful, but a warrior. She's a princess too, without all the hassles of royal duty, which is cool. And she ends up with Eric, a very fine specimen of manhood.
What's your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal romance. I've written many subgenres under that already, which include: shapeshifters, vampires, werewolves, aliens, demon changling child, fairies, genie, mer people, dragons, unicorns, sorcerers. There are futuristics, other worlds or dimensions, historical, and time travel.
Who or what influences you when you write?
My dreams or daydreams.
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Hmmm. That's the toughest question. On a GOOD day, I get up, write after breakfast, take a break, then write some more. On those days I get at least 2,000 words written. I may edit a little too, depending on how things flowed. On less productive days, I may edit or do promo work.
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Fortunately, I don't have writer's block too often. When I do, I may change to writing another story, or do promo or editing. If I'm really frustrated, I'll read a good book.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
I finished a short novella about a pirate. It is the 3rd in the River of Dream series I have at NCP. The premise of the series is, each paritioner asks the River Goddess for their heart's desire, and the story follows the wish. In the 3rd book, Sarah wishes to spend several exciting, adventure-filled days with a handsome pirate. And she does just that.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I'm working on finishing the 3rd book in my Volarn series at NCP. It is called The Princess and the Barbarian.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? -In general and in you're writing career
I really don't know. I'm sure as long as I can come up with interesting stories, I'll be writing for my present publishers. But I'd also like to try the NY market. If I could build up my readership and make more money, that'd be cool.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
The perfect hero I've created? I'm assuming that's who you mean...If so, it would be Eric in Heart of the Dragon. He is handsome, tough, a soldier, with a charming personality. He is the closest to the personality of my husband that I've created in my characters. That would be the "why" he is my perfect hero.
What do you do for inspiration?
Inspiration for stories often come from dreams. Sometimes its a favorite subject, like genies or shapeshifters. For characters, I usually compile characteristics from different people I know. For heroes, I use my husband as inspiration. He is handsome, muscular, charming, a gentleman, and tough. Simon is a soldier and has a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. Why go elsewhere if that's the kind of hero I'm creating (which most of the time it is), when I've got the "subject" at hand?:)
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Horror. If I were a faster writer, I'd love to write horror as well as romance. I have to content myself with a little touch of horror in some stories, such as Demon Killer.
What type of book have you always wanted to write?
A best seller.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
The only times I do research is when I have historical facts in a story, or when I'm unfamiliar with a topic/subject. Vampire Fangs required quite a bit of historical research, which was hard, but somewhat fun. I would rather create my own worlds than do research. In As You Wish, I researched genies, to make sure I had the correct information. There are two other areas when I do research. One, is when I wrote my nonfiction book, which was mostly research and interviews. The other, is doing "research" for my erotic books, which I usually enlist my hubby to help with!
Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
Deadlines do not seem to matter, muse-wise. I've only had a few deadlines when I was taking part in anthologies, and they actually helped by forcing me to get things done by a certain time. But I prefer writing without a deadline.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.
When I finished Love's Captive, naturally I wanted to see if I could get it published. Who encouraged me to submit? Myself and Simon.
What would you like to tell your readers?
I hope you enjoy my books. I love fan letters.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Best advice - to write what you love. Worst - "Don't write Futuristic Romance, it's dead." I was told this before I finished writing Love's Captive (a Futuristic Romance) and was told to me by an agent. I finished what I love - Love's Captive.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
I do a brief outline and a brief synopsis.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
I do not belong to a critique group. I do have several faithful fans who read my stories and tell me what they think. Simon does the first line edits of my books, and gives me his opinion.