What television sitcom is most like your family? Why? Probably the Goldbergs. My son has been calling me a “smother” for years. When Beverly Goldberg does something smothery, my son always says, “Mom, it’s you!”
What’s your favorite thing to do to relax? There are two things I love to do to unwind. The first is to hit the beach. We are fortunate to live within 15 minutes of Laguna Beach, and we love to go there often with some towels and our favorite books. The second may not sound very relaxing to most, but I love it. An evening at Disneyland, even for a couple of hours is a wonderful escape.
For what are you grateful? I’m grateful for my family, particularly my husband and son. I’m also very thankful for my health.
At what age were you the happiest? What triggered such joy? It’s hard to pick just one. I can think of three ages that were each a pinnacle for me. College in my early 20’s was a time of freedom, learning, and parties. Not long after, at 22, I married my soul mate, and twenty years later, we are still in love. Then, at 28, I had my son.
Now about you as an author…What authors had an impact on you growing up and as an adult? Growing up I was influenced by the fantasy of Tolkien and the strong, feisty females of Anne of Green Gables. As a teen, I discovered Anne Rice, and she has certainly influenced me the most as a writer.
What is your favorite aspect or writing? Your least favorite? My favorite aspect of writing is the plotting stage when the ideas are fresh and you are discovering your story and characters. My least favorite, hands down, is editing.
Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing? My must haves while writing are good notebooks, my laptop, a decaf latte, and my dogs.
Do you have a common theme or item that appears in each of your books? My current series all contain paranormal characters and seemingly impossible romances.
What have you learned the most from being in the writing business? I’ve learned the importance of networking with other authors. I’ve been lucky to connect with a group of writers online and in person in Southern California. It’s been fun getting to know them.
Tell us about your latest release: My latest release is the second book in the Immortal Kindred Series.
Always and Forever
Annie is a Culper Spy captured by Hessian soldiers. Powerful and mysterious Captain Thayer Emmerich takes mercy and releases her. Annie is inexplicably drawn to the handsome German, but she hates the feeling of powerlessness the enemy has left her with. Annie would give anything to be stronger.
One evening at the famous Green Dragon Tavern, Annie befriends the ethereal Millicent. Soon after meeting Millicent, Annie discovers her secret--her new friend isn’t human. Millicent introduces Annie to her maker, Alexandre, and Annie joins their preternatural family.
Annie finally has the strength and freedom she needs to aid the revolution and see Thayer, once again. The two discover a passion neither has known before. But, too many complications exist for the pair to find happily ever after. Not only are they fighting on opposite sides of the war, the evil Emilia Romanov has plans for Thayer that do not include a love affair.
Rebel Heart is set in 18th century Boston and Savannah, as well as modern day Germany and France. This is the second book in The Immortal Kindred Series.
“Well, you certainly gave me a fright. You look like a new person this evening, which I guess you are.” She sat the candle on the seat of the wooden chair.
I felt so splendid I had forgotten what happened. Sitting bolt upright, I ran my hands over my face, neck, and body.
Millicent laughed. “Everything where it’s supposed to be?”
Instead of answering, I leaped from the bed and ran to the mirror. My appearance was no different. It was my senses. Closing my eyes, I could hear people talking on the street below. Their words were so clear they could have been in the room.
The sound of bugs skittering on the branches of the old oak tree, along with dew dripping from the bud of an open rose in the flower bed reached my ears. Opening my eyes, I took in the room. I could make out microscopic specks of dust entwined in the cords of the rug, the finely woven individual threads of Millicent’s dressing gown. My legs swayed underneath me, and I braced myself against the wall.
“This feels incredible.” I spun around. “What else can I do?”
Millicent was lighting the room’s lamps. “You are now able to move with such speed, mortals will not register you. You can jump great distances, so far it will almost seem like flying. The three of us have the ability to communicate with each other through our thoughts. And, of course, you will be strong. Very strong. This strength will grow as you age in your immortality.”
This was everything I needed to hear. All the strengths Millicent had listed would help me as a spy. There would be no thwarting me, no worry about capture, and I would complete one mission after the next with absolute perfection.
Be sure to check out Book One in her Immortal Kindred series- Deepest Midnight and her latest- King of Kings...