Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
It varies by book. Some of them start with a title and others get a dozen titles before I finally settle on one. Even within a series each book can be different. Broods of Fenrir had a title months before I ever wrote a word of it, and Marked by Odin changed names as recently as two months ago.
Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?
All the men I write are my husband in one way or another. I always see parts of him peeking out at me from the page, whether it’s a gesture or a turn of phrase. I guess because he’s the man I know best all men end up a little bit like him.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Brand, the hero of Broods of Fenrir, is my favorite to date. He’s very primal and damaged on so many levels. I just love a tortured hero.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
The third Broods of Fenrir book has no name yet, but will feature Erik and Bera. They had smallish roles in the first two books, and their own short story called Feral Attraction. Without getting too spoilery, there is something bad that happens to them at the end of the second book and the third book will be mostly about how they battle back from that.
What book are you reading now?
I just finished The Angel by Tiffany Reisz. Her Original Sinners series is really great, very highly recommended.
What books are in your to read pile?
So many I don’t even know where to begin! Hmm, I’ll give you three just to keep it manageable. The Prince by Tiffany Reisz comes out this week and I’m very excited about that one. Master of Crows by Grace Draven is pretty high up on my list right now because it sounds interesting and I just love the cover. Somebody Killed His Editor by Josh Lanyon because I adore all his books and that’s one I haven’t read yet.
What books/authors have influenced your life?
Stephen King was the first author I picked for myself when I got my brand spanking new library card at age fourteen. I’ll always be grateful to him for terrifying me and teaching me to love books.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Okay, here’s just a taste from something new called Forgotten Magic:
When I finally stopped sniffling sometime later, my head rested against his chest, measuring the rising and falling of his breath in silence. “I can’t tell you,” I said when I finally trusted my voice not to break.
He moved away from me and sat up. The back of his hand came up to rub at his chin. “You’ve been different since Christmas break. When Grace asked me if I’d noticed I figured it was time to have a talk. Before that I thought it was just me you were avoiding.”
I touched his arm lightly. “I’m sorry, Ty. I really am. It’s really for the best because if I told you, you’d think I was crazy.”
He turned to look at me over his shoulder, his dark eyes hooded with pain. “I wish you had as much faith in me as I have in you.”
The back of my throat ached. I pulled my knees up and wrapped my arms around them, hugging myself to soothe the loss already tugging at me. “Are you leaving?”
“Do you want me to?”
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
*laugh* Probably how boring and normal I am, considering how dark my writing is.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
My current WIP is a contemporary fantasy novel with a college student as the main character. She discovers she’s in the middle of a magical conflict that has been going on for hundreds of years right under everyone’s noses.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 60k words, 230ish pages
Shapeshifter Brand Geirson was raised to rule the Broods of Fenrir, but he refused his birthright. Instead, he killed their brutal leader–his own father–and walked away.
For hundreds of years he’s avoided brood society, until a werewolf kills an innocent human woman and Brand finds himself dragged back into the violent politics of the shapeshifters. When the two brood women who mean the most to him come under threat, he must take up the throne and risk becoming the kind of vicious bastard his father was, or let the broods descend further into chaos–taking the friend he swore to protect and his lover with them.
Relevant Warnings: There is significant violence. One on-screen sex scene, though I wouldn’t describe it as particularly graphic.
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