The girls of Night Owl Romance are pleased that you have granted us an interview
We would love to get to know you
Could you please start by telling us a little about yourself?
I'm a retired lieutenant colonel from the US Army Reserves, love to write, garden, and make award-winning teddy bears, which shows that not only do I love to read and write everything eclectic, my life is really a mishmash of "stuff" too. :)
What's your favorite genre to read?
Time travel romances because I love historicals and I love paranormals so it's the best of two worlds. Not that I'd really like to go back into the past and live without having a shower every day or all of our other conveniences (no emails???), but I think it's fun to put a character in the past and see how they deal with it!
Who or what influences you when you write?
Mood music which helps get me in the right mood for writing. Sometimes I'll forget to put on some music, and I'll be floundering, wondering what the matter is. Then I realize I don't have any music playing to get me in the right mood. Think of a movie without music. It's like staring at a blank monitor when writing. :)
What do you do on a typical writing day?
Answer emails first, then revise earlier pages, type up new notes, and dive into new scenes. I try to always leave a cliff hanger at the end of the last scene I've written so that I can't wait to help rescue my characters before I put them in more danger. :)
When you have writer's block how do you break free?
Sometimes I take a break, read a book on my to-be-read pile, watch some television, or do chores. Notice how chores comes last? But like while I was painting the bathroom, I was sitting on the floor trying to come up with a deeper motivation for my heroine in Allure of the Wolf, the current manuscript I'm writing in the wolf series. So oftentimes, I'll continue to brainstorm even if I'm away from my writing desk.
Can you please give us a sneak peek at any of your upcoming books?
Don't Cry Wolf is the next book in the wolf series, coming in the Spring `09. Here is the opening where the heroine is investigating a gray werewolf pack to learn who murdered her sister.
Excerpt from Don't Cry Wolf:
Out of the corner of her eye, Lelandi Wildhaven thought she saw her cousin, Ural, slink into the woods in his wolf form, but she had to be mistaken. He wouldn't be angry enough with her to shapeshift this close to Silver Town, risking alerting the gray lupus garou pack that a couple of reds had slipped into their territory. Ignoring her gut instinct telling her this was a very bad idea, she pushed open the tavern's heavy door, the rusted hinges squealing, jarring her taut nerves. Five bearded men sitting at one of the tables turned to stare at her, and at once she feared the worst-they saw straight through her disguise.
Please tell us what you have planned next?
I've sold it and Betrayal of the Wolf, but Betrayal is already at Sourcebooks. After that, I want to write Leidolf's story. He's in all of the books as a secondary. I'm currently working on Allure of the Wolf.
In 5 years, where do you see yourself? In general and in you're writing career.
I want to have a time travel series out also. I love time travels! I think I'm repeating myself, but I do love them! I also hope to final in a Rita. And of course, being a best selling author would be nice. :) I heard a NY Times Best Selling author say once to always shoot for the top. Don't sell yourself short. So, that's what I want. Now if I could find that cute genie in a bottle to get it for me.
What kind of research do you do for your books? Do you enjoy the research process?
I love doing research for all my stories. I research wolves and areas for my werewolf books because the characters wolf halves are based on real wolves. And I like to ensure a lot of the details of the area are accurate, the kind of plants that grow, and for Heart of the Wolf, I even printed out topographic maps to get a lay of the land, the elevation, etc, for when the hero and heroine were traipsing around in the woods, trying to discover more about a murderer. I usually write the scenes, then go back in and do more research. Even if I've lived in the area, like I had in Oregon, I still do a lot of research to make sure the details are as I remembered them. And for a ranch I used in the story, I found one for sale that was perfect, and used a lot of the details in that scene. Otherwise, I had no idea how many barns, or fences, or cows a ranch might have in Oregon. :) Right now I'm researching about Arctic wolves for Allure of the Wolf and about the Inuit who live in the region. Do deadlines help or hinder your muse?
I'm a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants. If I try to outline, plot out the story, I'd sit staring at a blank screen for hours and never be any further along. The only thing I really plan is the opening, which changes, but I decide the hero and heroine's goals, and the unique way in which the reader will see them meet. From then on, I see the scenes as they emerge. In Heart of the Wolf, the alpha gray pack leader was a known villain, but amongst the red pack, I had no idea. :) The same with Don't Cry Wolf. I didn't know until the end who the murderer was. So then I have to go back and plant clues along the way.
What would be the best way for readers contact you? Do you have a website? Email address? MySpace site? Blog? Message Board? Group?
Thank you for this opportunity!