Shadow Cat (The Striped Ones) | Fantasy Erotica | January 7, 2011
Eric Randall's plan is simple-fix the mess his researchers have created in Malaysia, experience the pleasures the country has to offer, and return to the comforts of America. All it takes is one beautiful aborigine, and Eric finds himself stranded in a world of Malaysian myths and legends.
A novice shaman amongst her people, Berani is free and independent. Yet all is not well in her homeland. Evil forces are causing her people to dwindle to extinction. When a strange speaking man invades her forest, she has one more item to add to her already troubled life. Attraction or no, she will fight Eric tooth and claw to maintain her freedom. But will she destroy herself in the process?
If Berani wishes to save her family. if Eric wishes to reclaim his old life, they must stand together against the threats of encroaching wehr-tigers and bloodsucking demons. or perish.
Please describe your writing environment.
My writing environment is on the wrong side of crazy. I'm a stay at home mom, so spend quite a bit of time entertaining my three-year-old son and limiting his daredevil activities. My writing area includes a couch, TV tray, and laptop where I sneak in a few words here and there. Being productive is a challenge at times, but having the opportunity to watch my son grow a little each day is fabulous.
Please tell us your latest news!
Write now I'm working on the sequel to Shadow Cat. I planned this as a three novel series and already wrote the first draft of the final novel. I've always loved series but find many don't have a conclusion. The Striped Ones series gives me the opportunity to write what I want to read.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
After all these years, Amy Tan is still my favorite author. I took a Women's History course in high school, and the Joy Luck Club was required reading. The book left me misty-eyed quite a few times. She had characters I could relate to. I understood the hopes, dreams, and struggles of being a daughter and just wanting to do your best, while fearing nothing would ever be good enough.
Do you see writing as a career?
Definitely. It's a lot of hard work which requires endurance and self-motivations, but I love the freedom it provides. There's always that boost when others enjoy a story I've sweated over.
Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer? Or Still do?
Writing is my full-time job other than chasing after my preschooler. I've had a series of jobs, psychology instructor, business systems analyst, soldier. I absolutely loved going to school and have considered returning for a PhD.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
It depends on the length of the work. For short stories, I fly where the story takes me. For longer works, I find outlining works best. It's easy for plot arcs to get lost along the time line. Having an outline helps me hit each point consistently throughout the story. The other benefit of outlining is the ability to skip around. I avoid the dreaded writer's block by not dealing with difficult scenes until later.
Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?
A little of both. Before I start a book I develop the characters as a way to get to know their personalities. As I write, my characters evolve a bit, flesh out, and become more real. It gets to the point where my husband will ask my characters to leave the dinner table.
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Editing takes a lot out of me. My husband is quite productive, and I asked him why. He said, "I don't like to do it, but if I don't it won't get done." That's the way I feel about editing.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My family has been a great support. My husband gives that added bit of encouragement. He believes in my ability to succeed. And he does whatever possible to help me onto the right path. My daughters provide reader support. I don't let them read most of my writing, due to the erotic content. However, they cheer me on after reading the bits I do allow them to get their hands on.
What are your hobbies?
I dabble in arts and crafts. My work is quite amateurish, but I have fun creating. I'm particularly fond of needlework (sewing, cross-stitching, crocheting). Some days I dream of being an artist and pretend to draw, sculpt, do a little wood burning. For the most part, I make a mess of things. I'd make an excellent student in a kindergarten art class.
Do you have a website recommendation for other writers?
Charlotte Dillon's Resources for Writers - (http://www.reenajacobs.com/links/resources/16-writing-resources/15-charlotte-dillons-resource-for-writers.html)is awesome. Her site was one of the first places I found when I decided I wanted to publish my writing.
What's your favorite drink?
I love frozen fruity drinks. Something like a virgin strawberry daiquiri would make it to the top of the list.
What main genre do you write in?
Thank you, Night Owl Reviews. This was a wonderful interview.
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