If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future? The past – probably around the 1920s
What is one book everyone should read?451 Fahrenheit
What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?Mint Chip
Night owl, or early bird?Early bird
Pet Peeves?Tardiness and disorganization
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.It’s a new and exciting twist on the oh so popular vampire/werewolf genres
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?At the moment I’m working on the completion of The Four series, however I have another book that I’ve written and hope to polish (it still needs some work) and see published some time in 2013
What inspired you to want to become a writer?I love books of all genres and I’ve always made up stories. More than anything it was the desire to entertain people through books and to get those pesky stories out of my head…
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world… which would it be?Stephen King’s Dark Tower Series
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen?The Chronicles of Narnia (actually it’s still one of my favorites as an adult and I’ve read the stories at least 7 times since childhood)
What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?This is hard work, don’t kid yourself, when you think your book is perfect, give it another few rounds of editing.
What is your favorite Quote?My stories run up and bite me on the leg – I respond by writing down everything that goes on during the bite. When I finish, the idea lets go and runs off. Ray Bradbury
Who are your favorite authors of all time?Ray Bradbury and Stephen King
Can you see yourself in any of your characters?I do. I think we use ourselves and people around us as building blocks for our characters. Mine aren’t me in totality, but there are certain aspects of me in each of my characters.
How do you react to a bad review?When my first book, Doppelganger Experiment was published I initially received great reviews, but then I started receiving bad reviews, these primarily focused on bad editing. Well those reviewers were right, the editing was bad. So, after a day or two of crying about it, I did the only thing I could think of. I contacted my publisher and asked that we pull the book and get a more seasoned editor to work on it. You will always get bad reviews I think, people are just like that, it’s the old adage that misery loves company… so I just try to focus on the good reviews.
If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?To be honest, that dream came true many years ago when I had the honor and pleasure of meeting Mr. Ray Bradbury, he signed two books for me and they are among my most valued treasures.
Which authors have influenced you most and how?Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Dean Koontz and many, many others. I’m influenced by every author I read, whether it be someone super famous or an indie author, they all leave me with something great.
What do you do in your free time?I love to travel with my husband and with our friends. I also enjoy hanging out with my family, I have a great family!
Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.I’m usually up and working by 5 a.m., generally I spend an hour or so answering emails, and then I write for 5-6 hours, and then back to emails and promotional things. By 5 p.m. when my husband gets home, I hang it up for the day and spend the evening with him until 9 or 10 when I simply collapse…
What’s your favorite season/weather?Spring time is my favorite. Although in San Francisco that doesn’t mean sunshine, we get a great deal of fog, but in other parts of California and the US (and other countries come to think of it) the weather can be the most beautiful and I enjoy the ‘not’ to warm days and cool evenings.
In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?I think it would be Dean Koontz – I love his style and creativity and he doesn’t feel the need to add in gratuitous sexual scenes (which honestly think takes away from a story if the story isn’t that genre).