To get us started can you please start by telling us a little about what you are working on or have coming out?
My Southern Gothic novel "Glorious" is coming out in the summer of 2010. It's not strictly a love story, but there is a lot of it in the story. I also have three other novels I'm currently working on. One a paranormal romance, one science fiction (with romantic elements) and a futuristic romance set aboard a space port.
Could you please tell us a little about yourself?
I am a freelance writer residing in East Texas. I am married 20 years this coming May, have one son, two dogs and a varying number of cats.
If you could be one of the characters from this book - Who would you be? And why?
Hmmmm. Tough question. Carol Anne I guess. She's a strong minded alpha type female. She's very honest with her emotions. A very strong leading lady.
Who or what influenced you when you wrote this book? Did you have a CD, Songs, environment, etc?
Four friends a bottle of wine and us talking about men and cars.
Can you please give us a sneak peek into the book?
Its funny. There was a stir of controversy when this book came out. Critics thought that it'd be a knock over version of Stephen King's Christine. No, Marilyn is quite different from Christine. Marilyn was not named for a former girlfriend, but because Vinnie Ostrander, the car's original owner was obsessed with Marilyn Monroe.
It is true the car is haunted, and the story alludes that she could be dangerous, but not really. She's a very friendly car.
Every teenage boy's dream.
Let's just say she comes with....extras....lol. I'd love to say but it'd spoil the fun!
At least Bobby, her current owner has fun in it. :D
Please tell us what you have planned next?
Two romance novels. One is tamed down a bit. It's called Love Fiercely. I sent it off for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest and got a 5.00 gift cert as a consolation prize. I'm consoled.
I'm going back into that story and spice it up. I tamed it down a lot for the contest and in retrospect I wish I hadn't have done that. I think it'll be lots better when I pack on the heat.
The other story, is entitled One True Thing. Its nearly finished. It takes place on a space port in the distant future. And not a pretty shiny space port either. This one is old, beat up, grungy and has its own red light district.
I think you'll like Techno Encounters. Lol.
What kind of research did you do for this book? Did you enjoy the research process?
I had quite a lot of fun researching Marilyn as a matter of fact. I wanted the car to be vintage, of course, and there were loads of great muscle cars that came out during the 50's and 60's. And I've always been intrigued by low riders.
I wanted Marilyn to be unique. I thought about making her a Cobra but changed my mind when I read up on the much maligned Edsel. The Edsels came out in the fifties and sixties and were considered experimental cars. They had lots of the conveniences that we take for granted in cars today. And they had what they called a tele touch transmission, so you could shift just by pressing a button. A cool idea, but didn't go over well.
Also an economic recession caused the company to scale back on car production, so the Edsel died out.
But the main reason why I chose to make Marilyn an Edsel was to crack wise about the horsecollar grill. It looks like a female...well...you get the picture.
What was your first published work and when was it published?
My christmas letter to Santa. It was published by the Dallas Morning News way back in 1964. My dad kept that clip in his wallet. until it finally fell apart. I didn't even know he had it until I found the tattered remains in his wallet after he passed away.
What is the best and worst advice you have ever received?
The worst advice I received was from yesterday when I was told to stop this foolishness and get a real job.
The best advice I ever received was to continue to write no matter what anyone else says.
Do you outline your books or just start writing?
No, nothing like that. I see the story unfold in my mind the same way you sit down and watch a movie. Once the characters have a life of their own, all I do is sit back and dictate what I see and hear.
I told my niece that once. She said I needed psychiatric help, lol.
Who is your perfect hero? And why?
Strangely enough, Leonardo da Vinci. He was the most amazingly brilliant man who ever lived. And according to history, he was pretty, too!
(Yeah yeah I heard those rumors about him being gay but there's no real proof.)
Is there a genre of book you would like to write but haven't yet?
Mysteries. I'm writing a mystery novella now for a writing contest. I'm having a blast with it.
What would you like to tell your readers?
Buy the book! lol.
Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help or hinder you?
Well technically yes. I belong to the North East Texas Writer's Association. They have a crit group but I'm so busy I rarely get the chance to go down and visit them during their meetings.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Love Fiercely is about a girl who lives on Eldred's Bend in Bayou Beauf, Louisiana. Her mother is trying to force her into a marriage of convenience. She wants to find her destiny and her love elsewhere. When an odd man comes up to the old plantation house wanting to rent a room, strange and frightening things begin to happen.
Is there anything else you would like to share with readers?
I have two other books out as well as Marilyn. One is Mercer's Bayou which comes out in print in late April, and Destiny's Mark is available at whispers publishing.
When did you first decide to submit your work? Please, tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step?
I started submitting work way back when I was a teenager. My first submission was a terrible short story that I sent to Analog Science Fiction Magazine. I received a rejection slip, but I also received a hand written note that told me I had potential and advised me to keep my type writer keys clean.
Later on I met and was mentored by L Sprague de Camp and Catherine de Camp. Sprague de Camp was one of the most influential science fiction writers during the so called golden age of science fiction writing. He and his wife encouraged me until I lost track of them in the 1990's. Sadly they're both gone now.
My greatest inspiration despite all of this has been my beloved husband. He has encouraged me every step of the way. I am so honored to have him as my lifemate.
Thank you for this opportunity!