Thank you for this interview! I’d like to know more about you as a person first. What do you do when you’re not writing?
Thanks for having me. Outside of writing I spend a lot of my time with my family. We do a lot of hiking and camping, and when I get the chance, I get lost in a good book.
When did you start writing?
Creating stories started before I learned to write. As a child I drew out stories and then started writing in elementary school through the Young Authors program. After that I just never stopped.
In writing your book, did you travel anywhere for research?
I don’t normally travel for research, but while writing Fox Hunt, my husband and I rented out a cabin for our anniversary. It just so happened to be in the same county that the story was set in. Otherwise I look for pictures of the area and do a lot of research to help inspire the story.
As a published author, what would you say was the most pivotal point of your writing life?
After my daughter was born I became a stay at home mom, and my husband really encouraged me to pursue writing as more than just a hobby. Without him, all my stories would be collecting digital dust on a flash drive somewhere.
What is your favorite part about writing paranormal romance and what is your least favorite?
Paranormal romance give you the chance to reach outside of typical reality. Stereo types, like vampires and werewolves, can be twisted into new shapes. A writer can pull mythical monsters from history and give them not just human emotions, but also love.
The only real down side I’ve found writing paranormal romance are the stereo types. Lots of times readers and other authors shy away from the “normal” characters found in paranormal because it became so popular. It can be tricky to create new twists and fresh takes that are apparent before someone reads the story.
If you could go anywhere in the world to start writing your next book, where would that be and why?
Alaska. I love the idea of the quit cabin in the middle of nowhere. There is also the Aurora Borealis. Who wouldn’t want to see that while creating a brand new world?
If you had 4 hours of extra time today, what would you do?
I’m tempted to say sleep, but honestly I’d end up with extra writing time or taking on another writing project.
Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Valhalla. Norse mythology has always interested me and I think a Viking supernatural leading lady would be pretty awesome. Also, I think I could really get into the research and enjoy it.
Why was writing The Saving Grace Saga so important to you?
The Saving Grace Saga proved to me that I could commit to a set of stories. The first book, Witch Hunt, was the first novel length story I had written and completed in almost a decade at the time. The characters needed their stories told and when they were finally finished I felt like I had archived something that I had always wanted to do.
Where do you get your best ideas and why do you think that is?
From everything and everyone around me. People and the different cultures they are surrounded by have so many possibilities. I believe a story should have a real human element for readers. I think it helps pull a reader in and make even the unbelievable seem real.
What are you currently working on? Do you have any new projects released in the coming months? If so, tell us about them.
Just Beyond Daybreak, a novella, came out August 15th. It centers around the youngest generations of two magical families. The main characters have to move passed family issues to save the day and hopefully find love along the way.
I’ve also been working on a dream world set of stories. Imagine the world as we know and live in is being protected by a dream world. Beyond the protection of that world is the threat of the void, a world where our worst nightmares live. These stories have taken over most of my writing mind and hopefully I can do them justice.
Part II This or That?
Q: Coffee or Soda?
Coffee, hands down.
Q: Your life is a movie would you rather be cast for an Action movie or a Comedy?
If it can’t be a fun blend, then comedy.
Q: Alpha male or Rockstar?
Q: Winter or Summer?
Winter, because snuggling is nice.
Q: One long vacation or several short mini vacations?
Several short mini vacations would be nice. I’ve get to see several different places and it would spark more ideas.