Current Release: The Trader - Man With No Face
What's your book about?
Set in an interstellar future, an enslaved woman doctor and a maimed Patusian trader team up to overcome slavers, pirates and predatory aliens. In the process, these two very different people regain what they've lost, and much more. The Trader is also about the nature of love, social perfection and identity.
What should readers expect from you titles?
Set in the distant future, The Trader is space opera packed with fast action, strong characters and romance. There are both hard and soft science fiction elements as well.
What's your writing process like?
I've thought out a lot of plot elements and characters before I actually begin. And I outline sections as I go. I'm a spare writer, no doubt due to my screenwriter roots. So I add material with each pass.
What books have you analyzed to help grow yourself as an author?
Lately, Fifty Shades Of Grey and Outlander
What's next for you as an author?
In the sequel, there's a lot of action and a Veddi/Patusian culture clash that explores the effect of long lifetimes on family life and social structure. There's also some new characters and hard science fiction.
What is your favorite way to procrastinate?
I love to mess around on the web, looking for news and other interesting stuff when I should be writing. I also love to walk, particularly in the surf.
Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?
My special thanks go to Chuck Steinberg and Catherine Ann Jones, for believing in me enough to take the time to read and critique this novel when it was a work in progress. Jan Lipkin has my deep gratitude for her steady support, time and common sense. I thank Catherine as well for her publishing advice.
I never would have been able to write this without the help of Zhao Ruan Jin and Stephen Denstman. I also wish to acknowledge Allen Kronstadt, who was my unwitting inspiration.
Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?
A longtime friend came to visit. I'd never asked her to read this book since I knew she hated science fiction. While I was out she wandered into my office and found the first part of the manuscript. She started to read and couldn't put the pages down. She did nothing but read it over the next two days.That was the best review I've ever had.
If you could have dinner with an author, who would it be?
If you could travel to another time, would you choose past or future or would you stick where you are at? And Why?
I would love to go forward about 70 years, because I believe this will be the time when space travel really takes off.
Do you feel music has inspired your writing?
Absolutely. When I'm typing I always listen to music. It really juices me up and somehow helps with the flow. I generally like to listen to music with a strong beat.
What's your everyday life like? Do you write full-time or do you also hold another job?
I don't have a set schedule. Sometimes I write full time for days. There are other times when business and other distractions take up my work day.
What is your favorite or most fun place to shop online?
(in the works) The Trader - Her Third Choice