Tell us a bit about your family.
I have a beautiful, spunky five year old daughter, two crazy dogs, a cranky tortoise and a loving, supportive boyfriend. My daughter is a huge champion of mine and she insists on pointing out anything dragon/fantasy related no matter how appropriate or inappropriate the situation. My favorite was when she pointed to a rather tall bearded man and said stated, “Look Mom, there’s a giant ogre thing.” Thankfully, he didn’t hear her.
How do you work through self-doubts and fear?
I remind myself why I tell stories in the first place. I write because the story begs to be told, not for fame or fortune. Sure, they’d be nice, but at the end of the day I just want to tell the stories I have floating around my imagination. And, when that doesn’t work, I call on a few very special friends that I call “pocket pep,” who will smack me around for self-doubting and being afraid and steer me right back on track.
What scares you the most?
In general? Flocks of birds. I saw Hitchcock’s “The Birds” way (way way) too young and ever since then I refuse to get out of my car when there are flocks of birds. Irrational, but it totally makes sense to anyone who has seen that movie. What scares me about writing, is letting my readers down. I want them to enjoy my characters and their stories as much as I do and I can’t stand to think of a reader going “eff this!” and putting my work down.
What makes you happiest?
Warm cookies and milk…. and when readers go out of their way to send my compliments or say what they truly loved about my stories. I remember a young gentleman who purchased Defiance: Dragonics & Runics Part I at the Phoenix Comicon on the first day and on the third day of the convention, came running back to my booth and begged for a photo and a hug. He said he hadn’t been able to sleep because he’d been reading – he’d even been sneaking it at lunch between convention activities. Best day ever.
What’s your greatest character strength?
I’m loyal. If you ask for my help, you’ll get it. If you ask for a favor, I’m there. I value loyalty and devotion a lot, because I feel like in today’s cyber hyped-up world, it’s a dying fad. There’s nothing more wonderful than a loyal friend, loyal dog, loyal fan if you ask me.
What’s your weakest character trait?
I am a workaholic and a perfectionist. I won’t stop until something is done right and, if I miss something and find it later, I won’t rest until it is fixed. I’ll miss dinner, ignore calls, space out in my computer doing whatever it takes to fix it – even if it could probably wait.
Why do you write?
I write because I love to tell stories, and I have all these random stories floating about in my head that beg to be told. I think there is something so powerful about the written word that a lot of the newer generations are missing. You can’t replace the feelings, places, and sights you see in books. You can’t replace the memories either. I don’t know anyone from the past generation that wasn’t touched by Harry Potter. That’s just plain magic, and I want to be a part of that.
Have you always enjoyed writing?
Yes! Absolutely. The first story I ever wrote, my mother said I did it when I was about three, and I grinned and giggled the entire time. It was about a giraffe or horse… something nonsensical… but it was a pleasure all the same.
What motivates you to write?
The characters in my head do. It sounds crazy, but any other writer will probably tell you the same. These character take on lives of their own and we just have to share their stories and thoughts to be at peace.
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Genre - Fantasy
Rating – PG-13