I recently finished a blog tour to promote Cherished and had so much fun! I thought I'd start sharing interviews and guest posts here just in case everyone missed it!
I was so lucky to have Theresa at Fade Into Fantasy start the tour off and we did an interview together. Here it is .... enjoy!
1- Can you tell us something interesting about your writing process?
Hmmm something interesting …. Well when I begin writing each day, I need total silence. I must have ADD or something because even the slightest noise throws me off and the next thing I know, I’m on Facebook chatting or surfing the Internet. All while my characters are standing around wondering what happened! Once I get into the story though, I turn on my play list and pick a song. I usually go with something that has a great beat and can help me tap into the emotion I’m wanting.
2- Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
I really enjoy all the characters I’ve written. I’m having a blast with Mason and Darcy and love the kind of relationship they have with each other. But I will admit its future characters I’m excited to write as well. Devlin is the vampire enforcer sent to help learn more about the use of vampire blood and everyone will meet him in Blood Oath (installment #3) When I outlined the storyline, I laughed so hard coming up with scenes with him. He’s definitely a cocky character with swagger but watch out, you threaten those he loves and he’ll not think twice about attacking.
3- Is there anything you’re working on now?
I’m working on both Blood Oath, which is the next installment in the Mystic Wolves series, and Broken Promises, a full length novel and book #1 in the Brianna Lane series. Both have supernatural influences in them and are a lot of fun to write. I’m hoping my schedule is starting to calm down so I can finish them quickly and release them!
4- Where did the idea for your book come from?
To begin with, Without Mercy was only ever going to be a short story in an anthology and was the result of a dream. Ever wake up and be swamped with all kinds of intense emotions? I remember feeling this intense grief and anger, seeing a few images and wondering “What am I going to do with this?” I carried around this gut wrenching feeling all day, always on the verge of tears. My BFF finally suggested I write the scene down and I did. I went on my merry way and all was right in the world.
A little later, I was invited to contribute a short story. I immediately thought of my dream and worked more on it, fully completing the scene. But the impatient person I am, I couldn’t wait so I decided to release it. Holy smokes! The support and feedback I got from everyone was amazing and that’s when my BFF stepped forward again and suggested I turn it into a serial series – releasing a new installment every 4-6 weeks. I sat down, plotted out a bunch of novellas and the rest was history J
5- Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
I wouldn’t say they are the sole focus but you can definitely find pieces of people I love in the characters of Mystic Wolves. For example, when I finished Cherished and took a closer look at Mason, I realized “Wow, he reminds me of my husband.” I’ve been married for 11 years and there have times where, like Mason, my husband has helped me realize how cherished I am. He shows the same love and devotion and it amazed me how it bled over into the story.
6- Do you follow a writing schedule, or just write whenever you get the chance?
I have so many different priorities as a blogger, promoter and writer, it’s vital that I have a schedule just so I can get everything done. Right now, I’m playing around with the schedule I have because things have changed and I’m trying to find what works. It helps knowing I have a routine but I also try to be flexible. If inspiration hits or the characters begin chatting loudly, I try to write then and there. Sometimes it works and I get excited by how much I’m able to accomplish.
7- Describe your book in a tweet (140 characters or less).
Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is CHERISHED?
8- What was last book you bought?
It was Lover Unleashed. Totally addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood at the moment … I <3 Rehvenge!!
9- If you could no longer write, what career would you choose instead?
I would definitely stay in the book world somewhere! It wouldn’t really matter what I was doing either as long as I was following my passion for reading. I’ve even talked with my husband about opening up a bookstore. Life is so short with unexpected twists and turns. Why not find something that you love doing?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog for the tour Theresa!