Hi Coreene! It's lovely to have you on Night Owl Romance. As a fan of yours I'm going to fan girl a bit. Years ago I won a basket from you and I just love the tumbler and dragon goodies. As I'm moving cross country my mug is packed away for safe keeping. I can't wait to unpack it in my new home. I'm headed to San Antonio. So, please tell us all about your book "Fury of Surrender" (Dragonfury Series, Book 6).
One word (or rather name): FORGE, the sexy Scottish dragon shifter in my Dragonfury Series. He never fails to make me smile, whether he's joking around with the guys or ripping up Seattle as he goes after the rogue dragons hunting his pack. Fury of Surrender is not only about him finding his place in the Nightfury pack, but also about healing and the power of compassion. It takes a strong woman to draw him toward the tipping point. A woman who understands pain and suffering as she is fighting demons of her own. I learned a lot from Forge and Hope. Most of it about forgiveness and being as kind to yourself as you’ve been taught to be to others. Time well spent. Lessons well learned. And a book I absolutely adore. I hope you enjoy Fury of Surrender as much as I did writing it. Hugs and happy reading!
What is your writing place like?
I call my office "my writing lair" because dragon shifters visit me while I'm there everyday. My head is full of the sexy guys and fiesty girls in the Dragonfury Series, so I guess it's fitting that my lair is a gorgeous space filled with books, pretty baskets, colorful killims, and an antique table that serves as my desk.
If your home a place of order or chaos?
Right now? Chaos...no question. I have three very active kids, so I spend a lot of time chauffeuring each to hockey and soccer practices, and also, a ton of laundry!
Do you have any kids? Has your writing inspired them to read / write?
I have three girls. Each one enjoys reading, which I love.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm finishing up Fury of Shadows (a Dragonfury Series Novella) set in Aberdeen, Scotland. After that, I'll be returning to Seattle and the Nightfury pack to write Gage's story, Fury of Destruction (Dragonfury Series, Book 7).
Do you like to cook?
No, but I love to bake!
When it comes to your first draft, do you write via computer or notepad? or Both?
Computer, always. When I get jazzed during a writing session, I can't write freehand fast enough to keep up with the words spilling into my head. So, typing--getting all the description and dialogue down as fast as I think it--is the only way to go.
Do you have a newsletter? If yes, where can readers sign up?
Yes, I do. I don't send out a lot of newsletters, but being on my mailing list is a great way to receive information about fun giveaways, free books and also learn about my newest book releases. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/1fnnskF
Do you have any pets? If yes, do your pets play a part in your writing?
I have Churchill, a loveable goof of a dog. He's a German Shepard / Great Pryreenes mix and is HUGE. He makes all the other dogs in my neighbourhood look like shrimps. :-) He keeps me company in my writing lair and, close to noon every day, uses his hose under my elbow to remind me it's lunch time .
What's your favorite restaurant?
ZERO8, a gluten-free restaurant in Montreal.
At what point did you know you wanted to publish a book?
I didn't know I wanted to publish anything until I finished writing my first novel, Warrior's Revenge. The possibility wasn't even on my radar, and moments after writing "the end", I wondered what on earth I was going to with the book...other than leave it tucked away in a drawer. A friend introduced me to a writer's group not far from where I lived, and after attending the first meeting, I knew I wanted to become a published author.
What is our favorite drink?
COFFEE! I'm not sure I could live without it in the morning. Tea is a close second, though, and I generally drink it in the afternoon. When I go out, however, I love an icy Vodka Cran-Raz.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Yes and no. Sometimes, it does. Sometimes, it doesn't. Whether or not I play music when I'm writing depends on my mood and my characters I'm writing at the time. Some of my guys love a good tune, others prefer my writing lair to be silent.
What's your day job like?
Writing is my day job. I'm so incredibly fortunate that when I head into my office to start my day, I get to do what I love. Putting words on the page isn't always easy, but when you love writing as much as I do, it's makes the days when the words come hard and the characters don't cooperate easier to bear.
Is there a book you would recommend to other authors / aspiring authors to help them with their writing?
I love a book called HOOKED by Les Edgerton. I've read it so many times the pages are falling out. Also, ON WRITING by Stephen King (the audio book version) is excellent.
What place is on the top of your to travel to list?
Prague, Czech Republic
Oh. I love Prague! It's such a great city and so charming. Around each corner is something interesting.
Do you have any books that are on your must read bucket list?
Right now, I'm finishing a book of my own. When I'm writing I don't read a lot. When I take breaks between books (anywhere from two to six weeks), I'm a voracious reader. I'll read anything I can get my hands on: from crime fiction and thrillers to romance novels and women's fiction.
What genres do you write in and what inspired you to write in these genres?
I write in two genres: Paranormal Romance and Historical Fantasy. I like to say my genres picked me, I didn't pick them. Every time I sit down to write and the characters start talking, I end up with magic and mythical beasts, socerors and assassins who are always embroiled in one battle or another--even when I don't mean to. I think that's just the way my mind and imagination work, embedding me in big worlds full on non-stop action and interesting people with agendas all their own.
Anything else you would like to share with us?
Just a couple of fun facts about me:
Favorite food – Breakfast for dinner…I love a good omelet.
Favorite dessert – Anything chocolate
Favorite movie – The Bourne Identity
Favorite time to write – Early morning…think 5 AM!
Something no one knows about you – I'm a bit of a tom-boy and a rabid hockey fan – I play 3-4 times week – but also have an impressive collection of high heel shoes.
Favorite book of all time – Defy Not the Heart by Johanna Lindsey. I’ve read it so many times the spine is broken and pages are falling out.
Thanks for stopping over Coreene. I hope to see you again at a conference.
Thanks so much for taking the time to hang out with me today. It's been fun and I hope to see you again soon. Drop me a line...anytime. I love hearing from you!