I change from minute to minute, but lately I’ve been stuck on Chocolate Fudge Brownie ice cream as my favorite food group, that’s just until the Girl Scout Cookies arrive. I collect vintage jewelry and I have amassed enough shoes to make Imelda Marcos proud. I love art fairs, flea markets, and resale bookstores. I have an artist’s temperament, I believe in true love, and that no one has to be a victim of his or her circumstances.
How did you decide to enter the world of writing?
I won a writing contest in grade school and I’ve been writing ever since. About seven years ago, I started writing a novel, but I never finished it, it’s under my bed collecting dust bunnies. My second book was Binding Arbitration and before I published it I won a writing contest with it, so I figured it was ready for the masses.
What does your family think of your writing?
|Ceasel the Nosferatu Prince|
They are all very excited about my work and supportive. Although, I’m sure they all think I work too many hours and I do, but that’s what an author has to do to get their work in the hands of readers.
Where do you get your ideas?
From everywhere and everything I see, so movies, books, and research. For the Red Veil Series when I started researching vampires, there were so many different imaginings of what vampires could be and I’m not talking about the sparkly kind, but the scary kind. When you come across images like the Nosferatu, which are very demon like, they leave an impression. I knew I wanted to do some world building and have several clans of vampires knowing that there would be a power struggle inherently between them.
Can you tell us a little about your book?
There are two titles in the Red Veil Series, the first, Descent of Blood, is about how the seven Clans of Cain were united under the House of Imperials by a very powerful vampire during the War of the Roses. The second book, Ascent of Blood, is set in 1990 and tells the story of the progeny of the first book meet with new challenges in the modern world. Not only is there a continuing power struggle among the houses, but also there’s a battle brewing between modern science to recreate life and legend and myth. Each title has a smoking hot, determined, and ruthless vampire who is used to having things go his way, until they fall under the power of the red veil, which is all consuming attraction. Unfortunately, both father and son fall for fragile humans, but humans have a way of being resourceful and of shaking up family trees.
What’s your writing process?
I usually come up with an idea or concept and I write a few scenes off that. Then I create a rough outline/timeline of events and scenes that have to happen. During this process I form a concrete idea of how the climax will occur. Then I go back and develop the scenes that follow the outline. Then I flush out the scenes by writing them, do research along the way and start to fill in the fine details. Finally, as I edit I make sure I don’t have any gaps or inconsistencies in the story. Then I send it to my editor and find some beta readers.
What was the hardest part when you were writing your book?
Finding the time to actually write. Promoting, advertising and all the marketing we have to do to get our product in front of readers takes enormous chunks of time and energy, sometimes its easy to get sidetracked and forget to actually write.
What influenced or inspired you to write?
My mother was an exceptional writer in spite of the fact that she never published anything. She instilled in me a deep and abiding love for books and storytelling.
Was there a scene that you didn’t add or removed in your finished work?
Not in either Descent of Blood or Ascent of Blood, but I learned while writing Binding Arbitration sometimes you as the author need to know certain things, but just because you need to flesh that information out, it doesn’t mean you need to write it out. Sometime you’re the only one who needs to know certain information, not your audience or other characters.
Do you have a favorite character from the book?
|Charlie Hannum as Cain|
I think I’d have to go with Cain; he appears in both Descent of Blood and Ascent of Blood. Cain is a very old vampire and we don’t exactly who he really is or how long he’s been around. He’s very mysterious but trustworthy, stern but funny, sexy but aloof. We are only given hints about what he knows and who he really is. He is charming, determined, and very matter-of-fact.
Do you already know what to write next? Can you tell us?
I’m working on a New Adult title: Stained. Scarlett is a Yankee girl who has strong southern roots that she has to face in order to uncover the truth about who she really is while trying to avoid falling in love.
Where can we find out more about you and your books?
Also, both of my series are on sale right now!
Thanks so much for having me,
Thank you Elizabeth it has been a pleasure.