Tell us a bit about your family?
I am married, with a 17-year-old daughter. I have been with my husband for over 20 years and plans to stay with him for at least 20 more. My disabled mother also lives with us. My mother and daughter love my writing. My husband, just doesn't get why I want to.
What makes you happiest?
Writing - and liking what I have written. When it is crap, I;m not happy.
Why do you write?
There are stories whirling around in my head, and I think if I didn't get them out, I might go a little mad.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes. My mother has copies of stories I wrote in the first grade. And according to her, I was always making up stories. Not necessarily a good thing.
What books did you love growing up?
In elementary school, I read and enjoyed whatever book I could get my hands on. I loved them all. As a teen, I liked romance, and would sneak my mother's Harlequins under the blankets at night. I liked fantasy and gothic stuff, too. Phyllis A Whitney, Anne Mccaffrey.
If there any books you really don't enjoy?
I'm not particularly fond of westerns, and, though my husband absolutely loves them, adventures written for men. I'm not fond of horror either, though I do like suspense.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
Sometimes, from dreams. Which is where Dhampyr Heritage came from, though the end product strayed significantly from the dream. Sometimes, I just find a writing prompt that works for me, though more often than not, I can't write from a prompt. I have a current MG projects I'm working on that came from a real-life event, but I am struggling with that because it is personal, and my writing group keeps telling me it should happen differently.
What marketing works for you?
I'm hoping this blog tour works for me. I'm new to the marketing game. I was very naive with Dhampyr Heritage. I just thought I could write the story, put it out there and it would sell. I can tell you that strategy doesn't work very well.
Do you plan to publish more books?
Oh, yes. I plan the dhampyr series to be four books. The next one deals with Isabel, Gideon and Edwin's sister, and the last will be Christian's, the young vampire. I also have an idea for some steampunk stories, but I'm not sure of their end form yet.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Though I love Virginia, where I live now, I would love to move back north, to Maine, closer to where I came from. Family would be closer there. I would love to spend an extended time in Europe, especially Portugal, where Dhampyr Heritage started out at. But I wouldn't want to settle there permanently. I think I would like extended stays of six months to a year in several places - maybe with a home base for Christmas in Maine.
How do you write - lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I have a lap top, and I do most of my writing there. However, I have pen and paper next to my bed for when I wake up from a dream with an idea, or by relaxing my brain has been able to come up with a solution to a plot problem. I also write poetry (not necessarily good) and I use paper and pencil for that.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
I would love to be able to support myself and my family from my writing. But that is not the only kind of success. I am proud that I have a small group of loyal readers who keep asking when my next book comes out. My books aren't necessarily mainstream - bad guy vampires with a positive Christian theme aren't what everyone is looking for. Which has meant that I get some bad reviews for my novels - these aren't Twilight or the Vampire Diaries. My vampires represent evil. My proudest moment was when a teen reader contacts me to tell me that she "got" what I was saying in my novel - and asked about a sequel. That is the epitome of success for me.
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Genre - Young Adult, vampire
Rating – PG-13
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