Hey, Boone! Okay, oh my PETE! I looked you up and started researching and decided you are my peeps! LOL! You’re MARRIED to a vampire?! How did this happen?
I met him in Barrow, Alaska. The Arctic is the perfect place to winter if you’re a vampire. We’re talking some long, cold nights. He’s like the opposite of a bear, hibernates in the summer and is at his peak around December 25. Can I get an amen? Is he sparkly? *giggle* No. As a matter-of-fact, it’s difficult to get anything sparkly out of him. He told me I’ve hit my diamond quota and hands me the Cabela’s catalogue when my birthday rolls around. I have stories about when I dated a vampire. We definitely need to chat. That didn’t go so well. How’s it working for you? Good so far, but I’m not afraid to stake him if I have to. I think on some level he senses this.
Twin daughters, you say? I have two daughters that are three years apart and I had my hands wickedly full. How do you carve out time to write?
Girls, they’re so cute, almost like real people sometimes. I depend heavily on the public school system and the internet, or what I lovingly refer to as ‘nanny’. They’re in fourth grade, so when they get on the bus, I hit the computer. My pirate, vampire husband is super supportive and likes to take the girls golfing or flying. At least I think that’s where he takes them. I should really check on that sometime. Anyway, I’m pretty focused when I’m working and have mastered the art of tuning out cat-fights and door slamming.
I started off thinking I knew something about writing, and then I hit the point where I “mastered” it. *nods* Yeah. I realize now that I know pretty much nothing about it. What was the moment you realized you needed to learn more? (For me, that would be daily. “Is ‘cautious’ a real word? It looks made-up.” @_@)
Every day of my life is like a little slap of reality when it comes to writing. Just when I think I’m pretty awesome, somebody or something gives me the backhand of truth. Remember when you were super innocent and announced to the world that you were going to write a book. Gee, I miss that ignorance. *gives a reflective sigh* There have been many days when I’ve wanted to light my manuscript on fire in the middle of my living room. Partly because I’m pissed at the book, but also because I want new wood flooring. Anyway, writing is in my blood and everybody’s journey is different. My journey likes to take a detour from time to time and stops at the Self Pity Lodge. Here you’ll find me curled in a fetal position, watching back-to-back episodes of Castle. (Dang I wish Beckett and Castle would kiss.) It’s either self-indulgence or self-medicating with Nyquil. (I love that stuff.)
Which book are we talking about today and what is it about? Shield of Fire, Book One of the Bringer and the Bane series.
Shield revolves around Ravyn and Rhys. She’s been locked in an abbey all her life and he’s the last full-blooded Bringer, a mythical race of people. (Or is he? *wink wink*) Rhys is what you call a Shield. He rushes around the countryside kicking Demon Bane butt and protecting humans. He ends up saving Ravyn from a particularly nasty demon named Icarus, and realizes Ravyn is much more than a pretty face. These two are the catalyst characters who ignite the events in what is predicted to be a war to end all wars between the Bringers (good guys) and the Bane (bad, naughty demons). (Did that last sentence make any sense? I was trying for epic.)
What inspired this book?
It’s kind of a blur now, but I think it had to do with copious amounts of alcohol while watching Legend of the Seeker. Kidding…kind of. Actually, Shield of Fire started out as a historical romance. The current version being released by Entangled Publishing is nothing like the original version. Can I get a hallelujah for that? It’s been through the editor mill and I’m really happy with the results.
Tell us something about your characters that we wouldn’t be able to figure out by reading the book.
You mean like Ravyn has a gluten allergy or Rhys prefers boxers to briefs? Hmm, let me think. Well, Rhys has had three names. I refer to him as Rhys, formally known as Griffin, formally known as Drake. We still call him Drake around the house.
Is there a book 2 in the works? Can you tell us a bit about it?
Yes, and a book 3, 4, and 5.
Where can readers purchase your book?
Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, BAM (Books-a-Million), and Books On Board.
Where can your readers connect with you on the web?
Please connect with me on any of these sites. I love talking to readers!