Tell us a bit about your family. My family and I live in Arizona. I’ve been married for almost fourteen years and have two children; a boy, 7 and a girl, 9. My husband was born and raised in England so we have lots of relatives that we visit over there every couple of years. I’m grateful that my kids have an opportunity to travel. It certainly has broadened my horizons.
What is your least favorite quality about yourself? I have always had a hard time saying no to people. I take on things that I shouldn’t because it sometimes takes away from my writing. And, I honestly just don’t like to disappoint them. I’m working on it, though.
What’s your favorite place in the entire world? Well, I can say this with all honesty, because I have travelled quite a bit. Out of all the places I’ve visited, I always seem to prefer San Diego, Ca. Yep, plain ol’ San Diego. I can say that because as an Arizona native, most of us visit there quite often.
What is your favorite food? Pizza. Hands down. Doesn’t even matter what kind. I love it all!
How long have you been writing? I dabbled in writing when I was in my late twenties, which would be about 15 years ago, give or take. Sadly, I just dated myself. But it wasn’t until about four years ago, when my career fell off a cliff, as did the economy that I picked it up again. I think the years of life experience made my writing more real, as evidenced in some of my essays. I started small, writing for online magazines, then I wrote essays. Soon after, I published a short story while I was writing my first novel. After I dropped my first novel, I began my current published novel, Redwood Violet and here I am today.
What made you want to be a writer? I can’t really pinpoint one precise reason. I’ve always been a creative person. I wrote well in school and in college. I could always convey my thoughts on paper with little effort. Although writing fiction takes a great deal of effort. I guess it just sort of happened. I think the creative side in me finally took over the analytical, structured business person I had previously been. I can tell you, I’m a much happier person being a writer.
What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? When you’re juggling a family and a small business (though my husband handles most of it now) it’s very difficult to make the time to write. When I wrote Redwood Violet, I squeezed time in here and there over a span of 18 months. That was far too long. I wasn’t yet disciplined enough to set aside a specific time to write. Since I’ve started work on the sequel, I’m much less involved in our business and I have more time to dedicate to writing, which I do at very specific times of day.
Katie Reid is living the quintessential Southern California life. A dream job and her college sweetheart, Spencer top it all off. However, she can’t seem to shake the terrible dreams that have been tormenting her nights these past few months.
After seeking help to find relief from the exhausting effects of these dreams, it becomes apparent that Katie is dealing with something much deeper and much more sinister. Her only solution is to delve into a past that no one wants her to remember.
With the horrific discovery of a dark secret kept hidden for years, Katie is drawn into a world mired in evil and lost innocence. And only with the help of Detective Marshall Avery will she be able to channel her pain and anger.
But, will he be able to contain Katie’s desire for vengeance that has begun to unravel her perfect life?
The first in a two-part series, Redwood Violet will keep you firmly in its grip and refuse to let go!
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Genre – Mystery / Thriller / Suspense
Rating – PG
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