To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
I had three projects released this year. "BLACKOUT" from Silhouette Nocturne Bites, "WOLF BAIT" from Nocturne Bites, and ... "BARBIE AND THE BEAST" my American Title 3 top finaling book, from Dorchester. "BARBIE AND THE BEAST" is light, quirky parnormal, and a Night Owl Reviews top pick, and one of my personal favorites. It's a romp through the world of paranormal dating. And very girly.
Since I crave both light and dark paranornmals, I write in both styles, in the manner of a split personality. I just finished the fifth Nocturne project, and will have three books coming out from them, back-to-back, in 2010. The series is called "Wolf Moons", with "MOON MARKED" in January, "RED WOLF" in February, and "WOLF TRAP" in March.
The Nocturnes are sexy books about the relationships between genetic Weres and people inducted into the Were clan by being bitten by a criminal werewolf in Miami. Each book details the meeting of one couple affected by the Moon. And the characters from this series all make appearances in the other books, so that we get to know them even better.
I am so lucky, I know, to be able to do these things.
Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a teacher by day, and a writer by night. Some of my best ideas occur at 3 AM, when the family is fast asleep. My day job is physical, so writing is a great compliment to that.
I love writing so much that I can actually get stressed if I can't get to my computer. I keep a notebook handy at all times, and scribble down words or ideas while I drive (look out on those roads in the west!). My Muse singing pretty much continually. I live in the west on a big plot of land - yes, with snakes and interesting desert bugs. I'm nuts enough to try to create green spaces -gardens and lawns - despite water shortages. Love those draught-tolerant plants!
I have a great husband who supports my writing endeavors (and the gardens) completely. So I've been lucky also, in love.
If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Toss up, frankly. From "BARBIE AND THE BEAST," Barbie Bradley, named after the doll, cracks me up. She's a teacher, like myself, but a whole lot more clueless than I am about how the world works. Sometimes, I envy that.
And then there's Dana Delmonico from "BLACKOUT." A savvy cop-turned she-wolf who meets such a terrific guy, I get hot just thinking about it. Plus, she gets to protect and serve.
Who or what influenced you when you wrote these books? Did you have CD's, Songs, environments, etc?
Ala "BARBIE AND THE BEAST" - my own Barbie doll, sittting here on my shelf was an influence. Poor Barbie (the doll) never got her man. Ken was non-committal. So - if she had to have a beau, and with with the stigma of being... well... Barbie - what kind of a guy could (or would) cope?
Answer: a werewolf named Darin.
Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
"Barbie and the Beast" is a light-hearted tale of dating games, best friends, dogs, crypts, popping buttons, danglinf participles, naked men in Ferraris (just kidding about the Ferraris, and lots and lots of Oreo cookie consumption. Dedicated to all women who remember, past or present, the pitfalls of dating.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
More werewolves! But right now I'm going back to my first publishing event (I got my start in the "Immortal Bad Boys" vampire anthology from Brava) by writing a new vampire series for Nocturne. Dark, sexy, atmospheric fare.
What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
For "Barbie and the Beast" - oh, yes. Lots of research. HA !
For the "Wolf Moon" series - I have some cop and FBI pals who filled me in on a detail or two. Terrific stuff.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Please try a little "light" with the "dark." I have a story for everybody, and truly love what I do.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Nope. No critique group. I know when I'm in the "zone" or not. And I'm my best/worst critic.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Readers can contact me through the guest page on my website. www.lindathomas-sundstrom.com
I'll have a Facebook page by the end of 09, when I have a break from teaching. And I can also be found on the Nocturen Authors website: www.nocturneauthors.com
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
I have always written stories for myself. When a friend challenged me to write a "romance" I did. That one, (long story) has been dusted off, and is being marketed right now. But my second try was a vampire novellatargeted to Kate Duffy at Kensington Brava - and Kate bought it three days after receiving it. So it was a friend who started all this for me. I could just kiss her for that!
What was your first published work and when was it published?
Cafe Heaven (An Autobiography of the Afterlife) - fantasy genre - 2002
In romance/NY publisher: "Midnight Court" in the Immortal Bad Boys anthology - Kensington Brava - 2004, and 2006.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
Best - from Yoda. "Do, or do not. There is no TRY." Worst - from Kevin Costner. "Build it, and they will come."
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
Pantser for most. Start with an idea, and let it rip. Yeah!
Outliner for Nocturne - they require a detailed synopsis for every book.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Aragorn from The Lord Of The Rings. Strong, sexy, rugged but intelligent. Fierce. Big heart. Loyal to a fault. And most of all, noble of thought and deed. (sigh)
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
A mainstream fictional biography. (Stay tuned).
Thank you for this opportunity!