Please give a warm Paranormal Addicts welcome to our guest
What is your favorite genre to read?
Right now, I love reading anything YA Paranormal. Vampires, werewolves, angels, ghosts, etc… It’s the most fun, and always has an element of suspense, danger, and a blossoming love, or love triangle. The sky’s the limit with the Paranormal and I love reading new stories to see how authors pushed that limit.
Can you share anything your readers would be surprised to know about you?
I used to play soccer from a young age, was a TOTAL tomboy, and hated wearing dresses! (I grew up with two brothers.) In High School, I was an All-Star soccer player, all 4 years, and was offered a scholarship to Colorado State to play. I turned down the offer and my knees and back are thanking me today!
Where does your inspiration for a new book come from?
My inspirations comes from things I love. I am fascinated with Fantasy and the Paranormal. My mind has free reign in those two genres. It’s exciting to create new worlds and characters where the possibilities are endless. It’s free reign for the brain… and that’s awesome!
How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?
There are authors who sit down and plot, plot, plot pages and pages before they start a novel. I wish I could say that I do it that way, but I don’t. I get an idea in my head, write down the main details, and start writing. I usually have a good idea of the beginning and end, but the magic of the “in-between” comes to me as I write. It’s pretty amazing to watch how it all comes together.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
In my opinion…I like a book that immediately draws me into the story, and characters that are likeable and believable, who I can relate with, and can share a personal connection with. I like a story that keeps moving forward and doesn’t drag out. I get bored fast. But that’s me. J
How long does it usually take for you to write a book?
In My Dreams took about a year of writing. I did set it to the side many times, but buckled down to finish it. My next novel, Hidden Wings, will have taken about 6 months.
We would love for you to paint a picture for us of you writing your books. Do you always write in your office? Do you ever go outside on a beautiful day and write there? Are you listening to music when you write? Drinking wine? Do you do your best work during the day? At night?
I live in Alaska, which is like a writer’s retreat. I am surrounded by trees, greenery, flowers of different colors, and unlimited sunlight. (For now! Lol) I don’t write outside because the mosquitoes are out right now, and are so BIG they’d suck me dry. Curse you vampiric pests! (Is vampiric a word?)
I am a night writer. I usually settle into bed, laptop set on my lap, coffee and a snack nearby. I like writing when it’s quiet because I can hear the voices better. (Don’t commit me! Those voices are paying the bills!) Usually, when I’m writing a scary or dark scene, I plug in music (earphones and Spotify) that feeds the scene. I don’t drink wine when I write. If I did, I’d be worthless. Caffeine is my writing buddy.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My newest creation is a YA Paranormal with elements of romance, horror and humor. Yes…sounds confusing having horror and humor in the same sentence, but you’ll just have to read it. It’s my best work and I can’t wait to share it. If you like Angels, gorgeous, swoon worthy Guardians, the Fallen, Demons and a girl throw into the middle…watch for it!!! It’s going to be pretty awesome!!!
(Sorry...had to throw in the shameless plug.)
HIDDEN WINGS… coming January 31, 2012 by Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly Publishing. (Set to be a Trilogy)
Will we be seeing a following book to this story?
Many readers have asked me if In My Dreams will continue. It was supposed to be a stand-alone novel, but I did leave it open…just in case.
HOWEVER…Lizzy and Michael have demanded that I make a sequel, and I do have a plot. Right now, I’m tied to my new story, so it’ll have to wait. But, I’m hoping to start it early next year. (Hey…it’s less than 6 months away!)
Thank you so much for stopping and sharing a bit of yourself with us Cameo! She has also shared two great trailers with us along with an amazing prize package!
When Lizzy has a dream of her boyfriend, Michael Young, she soon receives a call, telling her that his body had been found...dead. Her world is changed in an instant. But that's just the beginning. Michael has been murdered, and now...his killer has his eyes set on her.
Join Michael as he learns about his supernatural gifts to save Lizzy, and Lizzy's fight to stay alive.
This is a story of unconditional love, pure and true. The kind of love that lives beyond the grave. It is a story that will grip your heart, break and re-mend it, and take it on a wild emotional ride.
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