A. My love of reading is really what led to my love of writing. My parents were avid readers and really encouraged my brother and I to do the same. We were reading the classics by the time we were in fourth grade. I was lucky to have been in school when composition classes still existed and had several teachers who encouraged me to pursue writing. Being a writer is sort of consuming for me. There is a draw to tell a story, and while it may not be a story that will appeal to everyone, it is a story that is burning to be written as I sit down to write. I write more than one book at a time, which is a bit out of the norm from other authors I have talked to about their passion. While they might have 3 or 4 books on the back burner that they will return to at any given time, I actually write up to 5 books at the same time, writing on one on a Monday and the next on a Tuesday. Writing is such an integral part of my life, I am not sure what it would be like to not be an author. I have been writing stories since I can remember. Being an author is not a part of me...it is me.
A. I would love to live on Chronicle. Who wouldn't want to live on a cloaked island that is the remnants of Atlantis! Think about all the possibilities where learning is concerned, what could be learned about the past, the powers of the Gods and the Demi Gods, how legends were born... For me, it would be an endless opportunity to learn, and with the Library of Alexandria housed there, I would never be bored.It would certainly be great inspiration for any author.
A. The easiest part was the storyline. I had an outline running in my head while writing it, so the characters knew where they needed to go, I just had to get them there.
A. To be very honest, the hardest part of writing Chronicle was the fact that it happens in a modern day setting. All my novels are historically based and blend fictional characters with figures from the past. This is the first book I have written that is not set in the past - so keeping it interesting for YA and other readers was a huge fear for me. There is a difference between writing in a present day setting and the past as far as sentence structure, slang, things of that nature, so it was a really big step for me to take a chance on a novel like Chronicle.
A. The Dark Days saga is continuing. Though the books are not related to one another, they do all center around a dark tragedy surrounding the main character. Chronicle will be a series, and there is interest in the back-story to Antoinette from Dark Days Remy Broulette, so I have quite a few irons in the fire right now. Forsaken is also nearing completion, which I hope to have published by the end of spring. It is about a coven of witches during the time of the Crusades. I also am working on a new project with author Dorothy Dawson with whom I recently wrote the paranormal/time travel romance House at Whispering Oaks.
A. This book was a stretch for me, being set in the modern day world. I really wanted the main character to be a very strong female that young women, and women in general would relate to and to create the draw needed to see Calliah conquer the 12 Affinities as she struggles with who she is. I have a love of Ancient History and was really inspired to develop a character who had to overcome a tragedy only to discover her life was not at all what she had been led to believe and was destined for far greater deeds. I tried to put myself in that position. What if my life was a lie? What if I was descended from the Gods? How would I cope? What would I do? I did a bit of research about the Greek Gods and the destruction of Atlantis and twisted it a bit, making the destruction being the result of an unrequited love possessed by Zeus instead of anger with the entire island being what led to the destruction of Atlantis. Everything just sort of fell into place once I knew what the base line of the story would be. I try to let the characters tell the story when writing.
A. There is generally a soundtrack to every book that I write, a particular genre of music that sets the stage. Our place is small and trying to find 'quiet time' to write is nearly impossible, so music helps to drown the noise, so to speak. Music can range from Creed to Classical when I am writing. It just sort of depends on the mood of the book! I also eat Hot Tamales (the cinnamon candies) when I write. They are a staple!
A. I would love to have a house with a view of water...anywhere, and it wouldn't matter if it was the ocean, a pond, or a stream. Water is so calming and soothing.
A. That's a tough question because I would have to chose between present day and classical authors. If I could travel to the past, I would love to write a book with Oscar Wilde. I would chose Oscar mainly because he is such an interesting person, and his talent as an author was under-appreciated in his time. I tend to write in more of a classical literature style being the time period of my novels is normally in the past. I feel there would be so much I could learn from a master of prose like Wilde. If I had to chose a present day writer, it would be Dean Koontz. He is from my hometown so I have a soft spot for Dean.
A. I actually have a design company and do all of my covers. I wanted something mysterious, underwater, sort of unexplainable but that gave the appearance of a mermaid since Calliah has to master all the mystical qualities of the Gods and the Houses at Chronicle. The mermaid aspect seemed to fit that feeling best, so that was where I started.