Tell us a bit about your family. I am a proud Army wife and mother of two beautiful daughters, ages six and one, who frequently vie for my attention.
Can you share a little about your current work with us? Enigma Black is a science fiction/dystopian novel geared toward those 16+. It’s the story of Celaine Stevens, a young woman whose life is permanently altered when her father, mother and brother are murdered by an entity dubbed as The Man in Black. Ten years after their deaths, Celaine is still struggling to pick up the pieces. She’s haunted by the memory of that day, her own near death, and her promise of retribution against those responsible for her misery.
Just when she seems to be getting her life back on track, an encounter with a mysterious stranger promises her the vengeance she desires, ultimately turning the former target into the assassin. However, as Celaine soon learns, all choices come with consequences. And the consequence of her choice threatens to destroy the very fabric of her being.
How did you come up with the title for your book? I knew I wanted a unique title that wasn’t too hokey, and I knew I wanted to use ‘black’ somewhere in the title to represent the main antagonist. Who is The Man Black? What drives his homicidal nature? No one knows. Hence, the ‘Enigma’ part of the title.
If your book was made into a movie, who do you picture playing each part? When I write, I envision the words replaying in my head as though I were watching a movie. If, when I’m reading a scene, I can’t “watch” a fluid movie in my head, I know major edits are needed.
Enigma Black has quite a few characters in it, however, there are six major characters that immediately jump out of my mind (and of whom I’ve put the cart before the horse and cast). For the main protagonist, Celaine Stevens, I envisioned a Natalie Portman type when I was writing the character. For Chase Matthews, Josh Radnor (Ted from How I Met Your Mother) would be my first choice. A Hugh Jackman or Gerard Butler type would be perfect for Blake Cohen, while Edward Norton, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson would be perfect for Victor, President Brooks and Ian Grant. Hey, a person can dream.
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? I hope so since I intended Enigma Black to be the first book in a trilogy. Actually, I’m working on the second book, tentatively titled Vendetta Nation, right now. I’m also working on an untitled romantic comedy, which I hope to have available shortly after the release of Vendetta.
Who designed the cover? George Arnold of WGA designs did my cover work and will hopefully do the covers for the final two novels in the trilogy. His wife is a writer and I admired her cover work. When I asked her who designed them, she hooked me up. Mr. Arnold was very awesome to work with and prompt with his designs.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? The dreaded writer’s block is something that happens to everyone—at least, that’s what I keep telling myself. I’m actually plagued by it, with it happening more frequently than I’d like it to. The worst thing you can do is force yourself to write when you’re facing writer’s block as it will only frustrate you further. I find that taking a break from writing, whether it be for an hour or a day, helps you to regain your focus enough to hammer out a paragraph or two.
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Genre – YA / Science Fiction
Rating – PG13