What books did you love growing up? I read anything I could get my hands on as a child. Reading to me was an “adventure” and I couldn’t get enough. But Wuthering Heights and Gone with the Wind rank on the very top for me. Wuthering Heights made such an impression on me that I’ve read it more times than I can count!
Who is your favorite author? That’s a tough question because I enjoy so many! But I think Heather Graham wins that title. I appreciate that she majestically weaves the paranormal in with murder, mystery and romance.
What genre of books do you adore? Hands down it’s the paranormal romance genre. I grew up in New Mexico which is full of history and the mystery of the unknown. Growing up around the stories of ghosts and hauntings, I find that when I pick up a book I’m attracted to the one with some paranormal in it.
What book should everybody read at least once? Wuthering Heights—the characters are strong and courageous and the atmosphere is inspiring. This is the book that probably had the most influence on me becoming an author.
Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you live now? I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In fact, I graduated from El Dorado High School there. I’ve lived in Southeastern Arizona for more than twenty years.
Where do you get your inspiration from? I’m inspired by the people around me. People are incredible and I pick up something from everyone I encounter.
What is hardest—getting published, writing or marketing? Definitely marketing! I spend more time marketing my work than I do writing it!
Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My mother was my biggest fan and supporter! She always found a way to say the things I needed to hear that let me know my family was in my corner. My friends are supportive and understand that I am not always available to attend some gatherings and if I don’t answer my phone or door, it’s because I’m writing and they come back later!
Do you plan to publish more books? Yes—I am currently working on the sequel to The Haunting of Wolfe Haven.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time… I am a master’s level therapist currently working with families and children. I specialize in behavior modification and currently am the program coordinator for a prevention program in Arizona.
How do you write—lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I write on my lap top at my desk, sometimes on the back porch, occasionally in bed but never in the kitchen. Too many opportunities to spill something on the computer!
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? I have to thank my mother for encouraging me to explore the local library which in turn inspired me to follow my dreams and become a writer.
Every writer has their own ideal of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing mean to you? Success to me means that people will enjoy reading my efforts. There are a lot of great writers out there and it isn’t easy for a reader to read everything that comes along, but if my work is read and enjoyed by readers, I feel that I’m a successful writer.
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Genre – Romance (Gothic)
Rating – R for graphic sex and language
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