Current Release: Demon Soul
Describe your current release in two sentences?
...to retrieve his soul, she'll become fire...the Caine Brothers series. Demon. Human. Fae.
What is the one thing you do not want to live without?
Love. I think I would die if I couldn't love, and if I wasn't loved in return. Luckily, I've got my best friend as my husband. We just celebrated our 32nd anniversary (and what a strange number that is!). Plus I've got my two sons, who are the light of my life, and my father and my brother, plus my in-laws. I am a lucky, lucky woman!
Please describe your writing environment.
At home, I've got my desk in the laundry room. I had brain surgery in December 2010 and my office became a dumping ground. I finally cleaned out my office in the last month, and now I can actually see my keyboard, and sit in my chair, and walk without being afraid of falling on something. But for most of 2010, I wrote on my laptop in the kitchen, or at Coffee Bean.
What is your favorite TV show?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Or Grey's Anatomy. Depends on the day, lol.
What are you working on?
I'm in edit mode with DEMON HUNT, the second book in the Caine Brothers series. When I'm not deep into that world, I'm either working on a two-person play, or I'm revising contemporary romance novels that haven't seen the light of day for a few years.
What career fields have you worked in?
I've been a ballet dancer, an actress, a voiceover artist for Japanese cartoons, a background artist (extra in soaps, TV shows, movies, etc), a receptionist, a secretary, a facilities space planner, a facilities manager, an assistant to the Artistic Director of Nevada Shakespeare Festival, an assistant director of stage plays, a writer, a sales person then an assistant manager at a woman's clothing store, and now I work for five hydrogeologists and handle their invoicing and all around office management. Novelist. Oh, and soon I may have a play that I wrote produced, so that would be nifty!
How do you mesh your personal and professional life?
My husband is an actor - we met dancing at California Ballet Company. He totally understands when I have to squirrel myself away to write. Often, he's vocalizing, or practicing one of many instruments; so there's usually plenty of time to get in the writing. Plus, my kids are 18 and 21, and very self-sufficient.
How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?
My dad is a writer (Chet Cunningham), and he's had over 300 novels published; so that's both intimidating and inspiring. My brother, too, was a writer, and that's a lot of expectation to live with. When I was younger, I told myself I couldn't write because I hadn't lived long enough. No stories to tell. I regret that now.
I've been writing with an eye to publication for 11 years, and yes, I've gotten many rejection letters. All of them were deserved, too. It wasn't until I buckled down and really dug into my novels, rewriting them and making them the best they could be, that I finally sold in 2010. Then, just as my first book came out, I was recovering from brain surgery, so I didn't do a lot of promotion - 2011 is mostly a fog. So that's been a bit of a setback.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
Joss Whedon. I want to pick his brain regarding character and story arcs - I think he's freaking brilliant at it.
Last thoughts? Hm. Live life on your own terms. Pick your fights. Don't let fear swing you around by the tail. If you're a writer, revise. Revise. Revise. Don't throw long against the zone, don't spit into the wind, and don't take any wooden nickels.
Above all, be kind. Kindness can be catching, and the world certainly could use a huge, heaping dose of kindness.
Thanks for having me!