- You are at the best book awards and have won for your latest book. Have the protagonist for that book introduce you and that book.
Uh… Hello. I’m Thor Odin’s son and I would like to introduce Lady Rebekah who was wise enough to craft the story of how myself and Lady Elle fell in love.
- Tell us about the protagonist in your latest book what makes him tick?
Thor is a Norse god who has spent the last thousand years dealing with his demons and keeping to himself. He finds peace in working on motorcycles and taking things apart and putting them back together. As well as taking long rides down the coast on his bike.
- Without giving us any spoilers give us a rundown of your current work in progress.
My current WIP will be released in the Midnight Magic Anthology. It’s about two werewolves who live amongst vampires and how they are both sworn to protect a powerful vampire couple but while doing that they can’t stay away from each other – even though they can’t stand each other.
- In your books you have some pretty unique characters and plots what was your inspiration?
Everything. I have dreams. I read other books. I watch movies. I see a news article. You name it. I get inspiration everywhere.
- In your latest Novel what was the hardest part to write? What was the easiest?
My hardest part was my heroine. She is so sweet and demure and I rarely write women like that. So she was extra difficult. Taking someone like that and showing how they grow into being strong can be tough.
The easiest part to write was all of Thor’s family members. Including his two goats. They were a lot of fun to write.
- What is your secret and strange writing ritual?
I don’t know that I have anything secret and strange but it can’t be quiet. I have music, the tv, my kids coming in and out. Those are the times when it’s easiest for me to write because I’ve been doing it that way for so long. When it’s dead silent my brain starts to freak out.
- How do you schedule your writing time?
Well, it’s at a place where I actually have to schedule it now because between homeschooling kids, teaching outside of the house, and everything else I have to do, if I want to get it done I now have to schedule time to write. I usually write for 3-4 one hour blocks a day with a few hours of breaks in between.
- How do you refill your creative well?
Reading. Listening to audiobooks. Those are the best way for me.
- How do you handle writers block?
I used to try and wait it out. And then Covid hit and I wrote very little for almost two years. So now my strategy is to just keep writing. Every day. Write. Keep the habit of it. Keep doing it. It can be crap, but pages and pages of crap are better than pages with nothing on them.
- What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a mom and a movie producer and screenwriter. I also have a bunch of pets I take care of. And my kids. And I homeschool and teach writing classes. And I make my book covers. And have a husband who like attention every once in a while. So, I keep pretty busy. I also go to a lot of Comic Cons to speak and cosplay is a huge thing for us so I do make a lot of costumes. Also, I love gaming. So I play a lot of RPG video games.
- What house hold job do you hate the most and what do you do to get out of it?
Cleaning. No seriously. Cleaning. All cleaning. But I have to do it. I have kids I ask to help me when I don’t want to do something. The girls are pretty good about it. My son… well let’s just say the recyclables haven’t been taken out in a week and I ask him twice a day.
- Do you believe in love at first sight? Why or why not?
Yes. My husband and I met and it was love at first sight. I knew I wanted to marry him from the day I met him. Fast forward 4 years of us living in different places, dating different people, but keeping in contact. Finally, I sent him a letter that said, I’ve loved you for 4 years. If you feel the same, come see me. He did. We got engaged the next day and married 3 months later. It’s been 24 years J
- When you were a kid what did you like to pretend?
That I was in love with someone.
- What’s your most prized possession?
I don’t know that I have one. I have a lot of things I love but nothing prized… Maybe my wedding band because it was my mom’s and my grandmother’s before her. Or the table cloth my great-great-grandmother crocheted. Or the blanket my grandmother made me when I was young.
FEBRUARY QUESTION OF THE MONTH
What’s your favorite on screen kiss?
Oh, man. There are so many good ones! And so many bad one. I love the kiss in The Notebook, but everyone loves that one. There are two I love the most the shower kiss in The Lucky One with Zac Efron and the kiss between Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in Crazy Stupid Love. The second one I think edges out the first just because of the reaction of Ryan Gosling. He doesn’t know what’s happening at first but then he wraps his arms around her and it’s almost like you can see him giving up control for the first time with a woman. It’s amazing.
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