Current Release: Jaguar Sun
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Jaguar Sun is the story of Maya Delaney, a sixteen-year-old high school junior of Mayan descent who begins to have disturbing nightmares and develop strange abilities. She soon discovers that she must harness her new-found powers in order to fight off an evil entity and bring humanity through a positive transition at the end of the Mayan Calendar on December 21, 2012.
What is the one thing you do not want to live without?
My husband, Kevin. He is my best friend and my support system. I think that we bring so much to each other's lives, I wouldn't know what to do with myself if he wasn't in my life. We really lucked out to have found each other. We have a ton of things in common. And neither of us has led particularly easy lives and I think we would have driven anyone else nuts! We also genuinely like each other. It sounds funny to say, but I think it's so important - with anyone you're going to spend THAT much time with!
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
Honestly, I have always wanted to go too many places to get to in a lifetime. I was raised around languages and I speak several, although some better than others. Other cultures have always captivated me. I was a Spanish/International Relations double major in college. So, I guess it's no coincidence that a lot of the JS series takes place abroad. I guess would would say that India and Africa would be next on my list. I've done a lot of service work in Latin America and a lot of endless wandering in Europe. So, I guess those places would be next. India for sure!
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
Please describe your writing environment.
I am actually very lucky. I have an awesome new writing studio with a sixties mod Carnaby street style couch and prints of movie and music posters that inspire me on the walls. So that's a great place to write. We live in the country and my desk looks out on a huge beautiful red barn. I also like to be out on our screened in sleeping porch off the back of the house. Our land is surrounded on all sides by trees, so it's very quiet and peaceful to write there as well. I use a laptop, so I just go with my mood!
What is your favorite TV show?
It's Supernatural. I followed Jared Padalecki, who plays Sam, right from Gilmore Girls to Supernatural. I tend to do that. And that show has my name written all over it. It's perfect for me. Paranormal and it makes me laugh right out of my chair. Perfect combination.
What are you working on?
Jaguar Sun is the first book in the Jaguar Sun Series, so write now I'm just beginning to work on book 2, Jaguar Moon.
What career fields have you worked in?
I was a teacher for fifteen years. I started Spanish programs for kids in grades K-6. I'm most proud of a Spanish Immersion program I started for my last district. It's eleven years old now and there are only about 250 other programs like it in the country. It was very rewarding watching English speaking children learn in another language, as well as experience other cultures.
How do you mesh your personal and professional life?
I write at home and my husband Kevin works from home three days a week. So I actually see more of him than I did when I was teaching! We don't have children, but we have three very active "furkids." We have two cats, Poe and Dickens. We also have a dog, Percy. Both my husband and I try to limit work to weekdays, but of course it doesn't always end up that way!
What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging
You know, I actually do all of it now. I've been on Facebook and Twitter for quite a while and I just recently put up my blog. I've also been in the local papers for interviews. So now it's on to book signings, which I'm really looking forward to. The thing I miss about teaching is the KIDS. I Facebook with my old students who are now in high school (gasp!) but it's not cutting it. I am just dying to hang out with kids and discuss our latest reads or our favorite Converse, you know? I am so about hanging out a the library right now! My local librarian and I are scheming to start a fiction writing program for local high school students.
What is the best thing about being an author?
The characters! My mom calls them "people". Isn't that funny? Which totally makes me sound like Sally Field in Sybil or something. My mom is eighty and totally hilarious. But she's right. My characters are like people to me. They are dear friends and they also fascinate me. Their stories demands to be told! Plus, I write speculative fiction, so they lead really exciting lives. Much more interesting than mine.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
Speaking of traveling, I would LOVE to travel like Karou in Daughter of Smoke and Bone. Laini Taylor got that right (among many other things)! That would rock! Imagine being able to go through a door and spend the day in China or the afternoon in Thailand and be home in time for bed! That would be perfect. Especially since there's no bed quite as comfortable as your own.
Well, I'll sign off here. Thanks to anyone who's reading this and also to anyone who is willing to let my book take them into my head for a bit. That's really the best part of writing. Getting to share the world you've created with other people. It's just awesome.