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How much research do you do for your books?
I’d say a fair amount, but nothing excessive. I’m not a scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I love to learn about new things. I do a lot research on myths, legends and lores… and then, I twist ‘em up to suit my purposes in my stories.
Did you learn anything while writing your book(s)?
Always! My characters teach me a lot. When I am writing someone else’s life and their responses to the weird things life throws at them, especially in my kind of stories, I can’t help but grow a bit. Not too much, mind you. Growing up is overrated! *WINK* I may be a 50-something Mom and Nana, but at my heart I have the sense humor of 13 year old boy, the romantic spirit of a 15 year old girl, and the curiosity and patience of a toddler.
What would be your next best choice if not writing as a career?
If I were able, I’d go back into Special Education. That’s where my heart lies, but my body and my mental state just can’t handle the physical and emotional stress any longer. Failing that, I’d love to cook for a living again. I love feeding folks. I guess it’s the MOM in me.
When writing, do you have a process?
Nope. A process implies a level of organization which I am, apparently, no longer capable of.
Do you have any advice for new authors looking to make their own literary statement?
Write. Write. Read. Write. Read. Write… and then, Write some more! Oh, and stay the heck off social media! Ha, Ha! That’s one sword authors live and die by. We need social media to learn, grow, and spread the word about our work, but it can be filled with drama and distractions. Utilize this mixed gift wisely.
How many books have you written? Do you have a particular favorite?
I think I have over 15 books currently published (somewhere around that number), but I have written many more. Some will never see the light of day, while others will undergo massive reconstructive surgery before they meet anyone but me.
My particular favorite? Whichever book I am currently writing. However, the Airendell Chronicles, while not my best example of writing prowess, they do tell a killer story and gave birth to my fictional universe where the Beast Realm and the Tulsa Immortals later were allowed to flourish. So, it’s safe to say, the AC books hold a special place in my heart.
Lucian of the AC and Wrath of the TI books tie for my favorite male lead, obviously, for entirely different reasons. Mara (of the BRC) is my hands down favorite female lead. She is funny, quirky, a survivor and kicks butt without even botherin’ to take names!
But the book that will always hold a treasured spot in my heart… well, that would have to Dez – Diary of the Alpha’s daughter. I wrote that one shortly after my husband, the man I began dating at 19 years of age and was married to for nearly a quarter of a century, passed away. I infused a lot of my hubs’ personality in the character of Wyatt Bailey. That regrettable talent of Wyatt’s for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time? Yeah, my man did that. Those cornball sayings? Who pissed in your post toasties? Yeah, my man said that all the time. My man was a country boy biker, who adored his children and made one heckuva good husband for what would have been 25 years had he lived six months to see our next anniversary. So, writing that book was kind of like sharing a tiny piece of my wonderful man with the world.