Current Release: My Familiar Stranger
Describe your current release in two sentences?
A secret society, hot guys, and vampires come together for a once in a lifetime adventure and a once in a lifetime opportunity proving that true love can find you in the strangest places, even far, far from home. The first book in the new series, The Order of the Black Swan.
Please describe your writing environment.
It's not ideal, but pretty darn close. I have a large, second story office, adjacent to my home, with a cathedral ceiling, a fireplace, skylights and big windows with a view of the forest in which I live. A few years ago I bought one of those reception stations from a used office supply. This one is cherry veneer and black marble. I'm surrounded by all my stuff, necessary and not, and coming to work feels a little like getting into a comforting cubby. It was one of the best purchases I ever made.
What are you working on?
The second book of The Order of the Black Swan series entitled The Witch's Dream - now in editing stage.
What do you feel blessed with?
True love, friends, children, and, let me be honest, creature comforts. (I've earned them.) If you ask me tomorrow I might answer differently, but today I have to say that the scope of my life's experience is the biggest blessing. I just finished reading an Anne Rice novel in which one of the characters says that writers have a way of redeeming their experiences. For the writer that's the biggest perquisite, in my opinion. For the reader, the benefit is reading the thoughts of someone whose experience is broad enough to have something to say.
What was your childhood ambition?
I was an only child before there were electronic distractions other than transistor radios. Thank the gods!
I remember sitting on my trundle bed with three things: a stack of pads with designs of everning gowns, a stack of pads with my little novels (Bobbsey Twins), and a transistor radio playing rock and roll.
My observation is that children will typically reveal who they are (and what they came here to do in this lifetime) before they are ten-years-old. In my case, I spent several years as a designer of evening wear. I had my designs flagrantly copied by designers who are household names and my clothes were in stores from Bloomingdales to Europe to South America.
I spent a couple of years playing Classic Rock locally. The highlight of that was playing to 35,000 people at Warrior Dash.
Now I am tackling the last of the trio of dreams and I'm so glad I saved it for last.
What is your favorite TV show?
I'm not ashamed to say that I spent the entire day with a box of tissues crying on the date of the broadcast of the last ever "all new" Buffy. I cursed Josh Whedon and wrote a song to the tune of Billy Joel's "She's Always A Woman To Me", entitled "She'll Always Be Buffy To Me".
What career fields have you worked in?
Travel (airlines and travel agencies).
And one or two that are a bit less traditional.
What are your plans for the summer? Any books you are looking forward to?
I live in a semitropical location. So, first and foremost is stay dry and stay cool. I read a couple of books a week. As far as what I'm looking forward to, at the moment that would be Jeaniene Frost's "Once Burned" which I have on preorder. I thought I wasn't going to read the latest Sookie installment in protest of the sticker shock, but I finally broke down and bought it.
How was your road to publication?
Patience is not one of my virtues and new authors have to be prepared to spend years trying to get published with no guarantees. That might work out for me if I was twenty, but I'm not. So, after a couple of weeks, I decided to give it to my own publishing company, 7th House, and release it as electronic only.
If the terms were right, I might consider working with a bigger outfit down the line, but, for now, all is well.
If you could time travel, where would you travel to and why?
My husband and I met working for an airline. Because of the benefits at that time we were able to travel frequently, near and far. Some of those experiences end up in my books. Being honest though, the travel that used to be a joy has turned into a nightmare. I've been pulled out of security lines and thoroughly frisked SIX times! I don't know if other women just want to get their hands on me or if I look like a patsy, but I don't swing that way and it ain't fun.
All this is to say that I'm starting to think in terms of car travel. I've been all over the world, but haven't thoroughly explored New England. I've been to a conference in Portland, but have never driven the coast or seen the forests. I've never been to Jackson Hole in the summer. I'm sure you get my drift.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
My own. Of course.
To everyone who has posted a nice review or written to tell me you enjoyed My Familiar Stranger, I want you to know that each and every one of these comments is precious to me. It's a privilege beyond measure to share your imagination with others and have it validated.
For everyone who has told me they are now such passionate fans of the series that they feel they simply cannot wait for the next book without exploding, thank you. Your frustration serves as inspiration and keeps me typing.
Tentative date for release of The Witch's Dream is October 14th. You're gonna love it.