S.C Tell us a little about yourself.
My mom is an author, so the idea of writing has long been a part of my life, but I didn’t get serious about it until I was in my mid-thirties. After reading a best-selling novel, I thought, Eh, I could write something better than this, then I challenged myself to live up to that boast. (My sales are nowhere close to that book’s, so I might’ve been over-confident. LOL!)
When I’m not writing, I’m being a wife and a mom. We’re MCU and Star Wars fans, so we’ve been watching “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier” avidly. And we’re definitely looking forward to being able to get back into movie theaters. There’s nothing like that big screen experience. I’m also excited about “Shadow and Bone” and “The Nevers.” (I’m a sucker for anything that combines an historical setting with magic.) And I’m a research junky. I love learning random facts and seeing how events and social changes link together. (I’m reading a book called Catastropheby David Keys that links the last mini ice age to the Black Death, the Dark Ages, and unprecedented global upheaval that began in A.D. 535. It’s absolutely fascinating, especially when you realize it was all triggered by a single, local event.)
S.C. Where does your inspiration come from in your books?
My ideas come from all kinds of sources: That challenge to myself, a “What if?” conversation with my mother, a trope that I wanted to turn on its head, a premade cover or some other compelling picture. I have an “Intriguing Ideas” Pinterest board and subscribe to two newsletters (Atlas Obscura and Weird History) that deliver odd and interesting stories to my inbox daily. And sometimes research for one book inspires ideas for another. (For example, research into royal betrayal for Lady of Dragons led to ideas for The Queens of Oldseries.)
S.C. How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have six published novels, and seven short stories published as stand-alones or as part of anthologies.
My favorite book is whichever one I’m currently writing. I love discovering my stories and characters as I write. They start as a blank canvas and surprise me at every turn. I enjoy the slow unfolding and growing connections of the world and its characters.
S.C. Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? What makes them so special?
Not exactly. I love ‘em all, but I’m always partial to the characters in whatever novel I’m working on because I’m in the process of discovering who they are and what they need, so today that’s Tanith and Kennet from Lady of Dragons. Kennet keeps surprising me with his depth of emotion and sympathy, as well as his incredibly fierce strength. (My heroes tend to be still, deep waters that explode into action when those they love are threatened. Also, Kennet can be a jerk sometimes, which makes him fun to write and gives Tanith opportunities to sass back.) Tanith starts the story as close to the gutter as she can get without laying in it and slowly rediscovers her own worth with Kennet’s help (and his relentless pushing). She can’t back down from his challenges, no matter how much she wishes she could; she’s just not wired to give up. (She’s very different from my last main character, Halina, of my Militess & Mageseries, who was powerful and fiercely confident from page one. Halina’s journey is one of confidence, to vulnerability, to renewed strength, and she and Shadow Mage Gethen make an incredible team. A lot of readers remark about how their healthy relationship is incredibly satisfying to watch.)
S.C. Can you share a brief excerpt from your novel?
Yes! Since your readers can access the first few chapters of The Shadow and the Sun via Amazon, I grabbed a random snippet (the second half of Chapter Nine) for their enjoyment. This one’s got lots of action and creepy magic. TSTS is the first novel in my sword and sorcery romantic fantasy Militess & Mageseries. Thanks for the chance to share.
S.C. What can we expect from you in the future?
My next release is Lady of Dragons, the first book of the fantasy romance Dragonworthy series. After that, listed in no particular order, I’m planning for a standalone romantic fantasy (possibly reverse harem) based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. I have a romantic science fiction/fantasy enemies-to-lovers novel in the works titled The Blue Witch, and a series of romantic fantasy books (The Queens of Old) featuring older main characters (35+) and each story inspired by a real queen who had to battle her king or outside forces to rule or even just to survive.
S.C. How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
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