Dust of Dreams - Samhain - Fantasy Romance - 7/13/2010
Please tell us your latest news!
Just finished teaching a class on Deep POV at Savvy Authors
Upcoming speaking engagements at the Wausau WI Public Library:
Publishing Panel 9/11/10 & 10/23/10
Reading/Signing Lycan Tides 9/25/10
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Actually I wouldn't. I think it personifies my voice and the spirit of the series perfectly, just the way it is. My editor Linda gets all the credit, because she kept pushing until it shone. We really work on lyrical language, deep characterization and "real" worldbuilding.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
It's a toss-up - I absolutely adore Joy Nash "The Grail King" and Elizabeth Vaughan's "Warprize." Deep characterization and solid worldbuilding. You're THERE, in the character's head, feeling every emotion, fear, thought. You experience every moment of the story as if it were happening to you. I love the fantasy/historical feel, as it merges magic and reality into a seamless tapestry. Beautiful, musical stuff!
Do you have a specific writing style?
I'm heavily influenced by Joseph Campbell, Tolkien & Mercedes Lackey. So it's old-world mythological meets informal conversational. I love the music of Campbell & Tolkien and the accessibility of Mercedes Lackey. I write with an informal voice in a "historical" setting. Lots of dialogue. I employ "skinwalking" to try to stay deep in character POV, with internal dialogue as well as spoken.
Do you see writing as a career?
Yes. Although I have a "real" day job, I spend almost as much time on writing/promoting my books as I do at "work." Kids have to fight for their computer time. Constant juggling act. But when people ask what I do for a living, I tell them I write fantasy romance - "Cinderella For Grown-Ups." My catch phrase on my website is "Believing is Seeing."
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I've always been a writer. I was writing horse stories (ala Billy & Blaze) when I was six. I grew up reading first Walter Farley & Trixie Beldon mysteries, and later Terry Brooks. I was the only student w/a MAXIMUM word count! I started "serious" writing in 2002.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Take it from a Taurus - you have to be stubborn. Stick with it. Persevere. Don't judge your success by what other writers are doing. Set your own goals and work to meet them. Don't take a rejection personally. Keep moving forward.
How does your family feel about having a writer in the family? Do they read your books?
I dedicated my first book Duality to my Grandma Jeanne, who first called me a writer when I was six. My cousin Dara loves that I have a heroine w/her name. My hubby & my sister are big fans. Don't think my mom's read them - she's never said. My kids are too little - Josh is 12 & Tami's 10. I have graphic battles and full-blown love scenes. They're not for kids. My inlaws think it's interesting I'm a writer, but they've never read the books.
What did you do before you became a writer? Do you write full time?
I've trained dogs, shown Arabian horses, been a waitress, a bartender, a vet tech and a B&N CRM. I currently work as a Tricare claims customer service agent. I'm nothing if not versatile! I write around a day job, with emphasis on the weekends and holidays.
What is your writing process? Do you outline, fly by the seat of your pants or a combination of both?
I am a total plotter. Blank horizons scare me. By plotting, if I'm stuck on Ch 6 I can go to Ch 8 & come back to 6 later. Duality was totally a patchwork quilt that way - Ch 9 was the last thing I wrote. Editing smooths out the final finished product.
Do you have a favorite object that is pertinent to your writing? If so what is it and please describe it. (Pen, Coffee Cup, Pet, Blanket, Chair)
I have a Native American hanging that reads "Pursue not things that catch your eye, but the things that capture your heart" and a sexy raven-haired gargoyle woman figurine from Fairy Site that I bought at the local "Fairie Festival."
Do you have a ritual when it comes to writing? Example..get coffee, blanket, paper, pen and a comfy place
I have a writing office when it's not too hot - otherwise the living room, which has ceiling fans. I have a laptop, so I can move around. I'm a total coffee (dark roast) addict. I have to write love scenes longhand, then transcribe onto the computer. Computers just aren't sexy enough for me, I guess!
What main genre do you write in?
Where Believing Is Seeing