Current Release: All Spell Breaks Loose
Describe your current release in two sentences?
All Spell Breaks Loose is the grand finale of the previous five books in the Raine Benares series. All Raine and her friends have to do is destroy the Saghred (the evil, soul-sucking rock), kill an even more evil mage bent on world domination, and put a renegade goblin prince on the throne -- and oh, BTW, Raine will be doing that with no magic.Piece of cake. Not.
Please describe your writing environment.
When we moved into our house, I claimed the largest upstairs bedroom as my office. The master suite is downstairs, so I wasn't *completely* greedy. I have a wrap-around desk that faces the room's two windows overlooking the woods behind our house. Beautiful!
What are you working on?
While I fully intend to return to Raine's world for future books, my next project will be an Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Thriller. I'm still in the proposal stages, so I can't go into details. Sorry! I would if I could. I'm so excited about this project that I want to tell everyone about it. Hopefully in the next month or so I can share.
What do you feel blessed with?
I feel blessed with and by my fans. I think I must have the sweetest and most supportive fans ever. I also feel blessed to have my agent, Kristin Nelson. She's ten kinds of awesome, and I can write secure in the knowledge that the business end of my career is in the best possible hands.
What was your childhood ambition?
I wanted to be an oceanographer -- but then discovered that you had to know how to swim. Then I wanted to be a cop -- and discovered that I didn't like confrontation. After that, I wanted to be a newspaper reporter -- and discovered that I feel supremely uncomfortable talking to people who clearly don't want to talk to me, which kinda defeats the purpose of being a journalist.
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
I would love to meet and have dinner with Felicia Day. One, she has been an amazing fan and so incredibly supportive of my books. I can't count how many people tell me that they first heard of my books through Felicia. I owe my success to her. Two, she's incredibly intelligent, funny, and talented. Who wouldn't want to have dinner with her?
What is your favorite TV show?
Hands down, my favorite is Sherlock. Absolute writing perfection (and Benedict Cumberbatch is really easy on the eyes). I also like The Big Bang Theory and Person of Interest on network TV. My fave cable shows (and guilty pleasures) are American Pickers, River Monsters, and Swamp People.
What career fields have you worked in?
Right out of college, I worked in a pet store. You haven't lived until you've been swarmed by ferrets. After that I worked at IBM as a marketing copywriter (quite the leap, huh?). Then I moved to other marketing communications jobs at one or two other places, finally landing as an editor/proofreader at an advertising agency.
Where do you want to travel?
I would love to go to Scotland and England. And since I based Mermeia in my Raine Benares series on Venice, I'd love to eventually go there.
How do you mesh your personal and professional life?
I wasn't aware I'd succeeded yet. I think that's a work in progress.
How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?
I decided that I wanted to be a published author while in college (a LONG time ago). I've been working toward it ever since. It took me about 20 years and a LOT of rejection letters. I didn't stop believing in myself, kept writing, kept trying, and about six years ago, I hit the jackpot -- publication!
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