Current Release: Hawaiian Heroes II; Rolling in the Deep
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Daniel Ho'omalu’s intimidating physique, tribal tattoos and mane of black braids frighten most women before they get close enough to discover he likes to play rough. Pile on his perilous vocation as one of a secret society of Hawaiian island guardians, and he’s painfully aware he may never find a mate.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write in my office in the country near Helena, Montana with aspen trees whispering in the wind outside. From my computer I look across the prairie to the Rocky Mountains, past deer, antelope and the occasional elk grazing with cows on our pastures.
Most mornings find me up with the sun, checking email, Twitter and Facebook. Then it's off to walk my golden, or exercise in our basement workout room. By midmorning I'm settled in to write until late afternoon.
What are you working on?
I am currently writing a short story/novella to post as a Free Read here at NOR. I love that your website has a place for the Free Reads.
After that I'll get back to Book IV of my Hawaiian Heroes red hot contemporary paranormal series.
What do you feel blessed with?
So many things - my wonderful boys, for starters. And that my DH and I are back in our beloved home state, the Big Sky Country of Montana where my family were some of the early settlers.
I am now writing full time, so I expect the books to come much faster!
I'll continue my Hawaiian Heroes series, but I'll also finally get to my long-planned paraquel series for The Orion series. Space cowboys, here I come!
I feel so blessed to be writing in this time, when we can have this huge, interactive online community to share great romance and our love of reading.
And finally, my supportive community of family and writing friends-couldn't do this without them. I'm a proud member of RWA and several chapters, and just joined the SweetnSexy Divas.
What was your childhood ambition?
To be a cowgirl, lol. My sister and I used to gallop around our ranch yard on our stick horses, wearing our red cowgirl hat with the white cord laced around the brim. Wish I had a photo of that! Later we had a Shetland pony, and then larger ponies, but it all ended when my parents divorced and we moved to town. I spent many happy summers visiting my grandparents and cousins on Montana ranches, but it has taken a long time for my DH and I to get back to rural Montana.
What is your favorite TV show?
Ouch! Not really a TV watcher. I've just quit teaching & writing (both full time) so haven't had time to catch as many shows as I'd like. I am going to have to get a DVR, and learn how to use it, so I can catch up!
We've done more videos, as those can be timed to fit in whenever. I love the Firefly series with Nathan Fillion, and the Agatha Christie mystery movies, the Sherlock Holmes series with Jeremy Brett.
The new Star Trek movie is one of my absolute faves, as well as The Mummy series, Indian Jones, the fun swashbuckling adventures.
And my surprise new fave is the new A-Team with Liam Neeson. Funny, and fabulous writing!
What career fields have you worked in?
I have been a Library Media Specialist and Public Children's Librarian off and on for my career. I took a long break to stay home with my two boys when they were growing up.
It was a great career, and I am so proud I was able to be instrumental in getting kids excited about books and reading. Libraries are so essential-they are the great leveler in our democracy. Everyone can afford to go to the library.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
Exploring Montana, getting our boat over to Canyon Ferry Reservoir, a beautiful long lake just over the hills from our place. Above it is Holter Lake with the famed Gates of the Mountains-isn't that a picturesque name for a narrow canyon you can boat through and stop to picnic on the shore?
Family reunion coming in August for my mom's birthday. Gonna get to be with both my sisters-yay! I have so many TBR books on my Kindle, including Susan Andersen's newest which debuts July 31st along with my Hawaiian Heroes II: Rolling in the Deep. I always look forward to her books.
How was your road to publication?
My first submitted manuscript to Samhain Publishing in 2007 was accepted.
Sounds easy, right? Shyeah--I wrote for twenty years before I ever dared to send anything in.
I lived in a small town in the Rockies, had no computer, and had never heard of Romance Writers of America.
In 2007 I went to a book signing, and one of the authors mentioned RWA, and that there was a local chapter in Portland (we'd moved near there).
I went (very timidly) to a meeting, and found myself surrounded by published authors and other women, all on the same journey. I think I left that room floating a foot off the ground, my head full of possibilities and dreams. Someone had mentioned online publishing, so I went home, wrestled the computer away from one of my teenages sons, and looked them up.
Samhain had a submission call for shapeshifter stories. I wrote 'Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght' over that spring break, sent it in to the fabulous Angela James, and got the reply that she would accept it if I could change a few things. I did, and the story was accepted. It continues to be one of my very best sellers to this day.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Back to the Wild West, when my great-grandfather was building his ranch in central Montana. He knew Sitting Bull, Charlie Russell, and many other colorful figures in our state's history. My grandmother would tell us stories of the big roundups when she was a girl, and of riding all day across the open prairies with no fences.
I'd visit our ghost towns when they were rowdy, lively and full of life.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Oh, I would definitely live in the world of my very own Hawaiian Heroes series. Hawaii is one of my very favorite places on earth.
These larger than life guardians have special powers to protect their beautiful islands from harm, and I so wish for Hawaii that I could truly unleash the ho'omalu, guardians, on those who bring drugs and crime onto the islands.
Thanks for stopping by to get acquainted!
I hope you'll stop by my website and learn more about my books. You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook, and a number of the big websites. Check my News Page to find out where I'll be.
Early this fall I'll be giving a peek at the 3rd Hawaiian Hero - and it may be a bit of a surprise!
Most of all, thanks for being a reader, and for buying and borrowing your books through legitimate sites. I appreciate you.