Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I love the fantasy genre. It’s my first choice for movies, books, games, you name it. I love the possibility of it all, the ability for any world you can imagine. The second choice would have to be historical fiction, one I hope to tackle in the not too distant future.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
I’m a bit of both. It all depends on life at the moment. Currently, I’m a part-time fantasy writer while juggling my book promotion and a website design for my husband’s business. I look forward to getting back to a full-time schedule. I miss it. The story is piling up, yet it’s all still there, waiting to become a tale.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
When writing the story down, don’t stop for editing. The temptation will be great at times, however, fight it and move on. Reread your book and ask questions of your characters and plot. What motivation would they have to do something? What perspective might they have when approaching an event? Come at your story from all sides.
Can you share with readers a little bit about your latest book?
My next book is a continuation of the story from my recently published book, The Reaper Realm: Threads of Compassion. I’ll be picking up, mostly, where book one left off. The second book starts in an unexpected time and place from where the last ended.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start writing this book?
I was playing a computer game when, finally, the beginning of the book flashed through my mind from a single trigger moment of boarding a ship. I logged out immediately, loaded up Word, and started typing. Before that, I’d had ideas on world creation. My overall plot stemmed from a literal dream I had been daydreaming about for years, but I’d had nowhere to start. Funny, it took a game to get me started.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Oooh, tough one. I’d say for the gals, Kaiyssa. She’s very powerful and has a golden heart to go along with her charm and skill. For the gents, I’d say Miach. That guy is one cool cat, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the troubled hero with a pure heart.
If your book was made into a movie, who would you cast?
I’ve always had trouble with this question. While I love movies, my characters are hard to pin down into who could best play them. For Kaiyssa, I’d say either Rosamund Pike or Zoe Saldana: both are graceful women with kind eyes, and I enjoy the work they do. As Miach and Tahlan are physically twins, either Djimon Hounsou–another great actor–or Chris Hemsworth could take on both roles. Otherwise, I’m sure there are many talented people capable of the role of whom I’m unaware.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
There are so very many across stage and page. However, on the spot, I’d say Giving Tree from The Giving Tree for my favorite literary character. It selflessly doled out all it had to offer to the boy it loved. When I read the book as a kid, the story and its message of friendship impacted me greatly. So I’d have to say that Giving Tree was one of my first, favorite characters.
Tell us something unique about you.
I’ve lived in the burbs, the city, a college dorm, at the end of a forest road with no running water and a tiny turbine for power, a two-hundred-year-old house with a creepy basement that I swear felt haunted, four different apartment buildings, a yurt with a domed window at its top that opened, a trailer, and back to a house again. I miss the yurt.