Current Release: Helpless
Describe your current release in two sentences?
Helpless is the third book in my paranormal romance series The Blue Fire Saga, about an eighteen-year-old female college freshman who must deal with vampires, wizards, zombies and more. Book one is Breathless and two is Deathless.
Do you have a favorite time of the day? If so when and why
I love the morning. I live in San Diego, 4 blocks from the ocean. Almost every morning I walk or ride my bike down by the water for forty-five minutes to an hour. Then I usually come home and write for awhile.
Please describe your writing environment.
I write on a personal computer at a small desk beneath a window in my bedroom. When I lift my head and look out the window, I can see half a dozen palm trees.
What is your favorite TV show?
I'm currently enjoying "Once Upon a Time." I think it's a tremendously creative idea, and most episodes are imaginative and well-written.
What are you working on?
I am currently working on Fearless, book four in my Blue Fire Saga. It's looking like I will need at least five books (or more) to bring the series to a close.
What career fields have you worked in?
I wrote stories and designed game play for computer games back in the dawn of the computer game age (early to mid 90's). I worked in Health Education / Preventive Medicine for twenty years. One winter after college, I was a ski instuctor at a resort that also had an indoor swimming pool. I was a certified lifeguard, too, so some days, I did both. I'm pretty sure I'm one of the few people who has ever taught snow skiing AND lifeguarded on the same day!
How was your road to publication? Have you every had to deal with rejection letters?
I first tried the "traditional" route to publication and had to deal with MANY rejection letters. Most were just form letters, so there was nothing to learn from them, but they were disappointing nonetheless. Some rejections are just frustrating. Quick example. I wrote a mystery/suspense novel called Unturned Stones. One rejection letter said she had guessed who the culprit was too easily, while another said the bad guy seemed to have "come out of nowhere." Two totally opposite reactions!
Having gotten nowhere via the traditional route, I turned to self-publishing. I love the complete control I now have, but the constant need to market myself sometimes gets a bit frustrating.
What has been the best way for you to engage readers? Face to Face / Chatting Online / Twitter / Facebook / Blogging
So far, Facebook has been far and away the best place for me to engage with readers/fans. I have made many wonderful fan friendships (as well as friendships with other authors) on Facebook. I created a Golden Circle Page for book two (Deathless) to reward and acknowledge 35 of my biggest supporters. In book three, (Helpless) I added a Diamond Club, which consists of 8 fans who have gone way above and beyond the norm in supporting me and my books. (It turns out people LOVE to see their names in print!)
What is the best thing about being an author?
The fans are definitely the best thing about being an author. The feedback I get about how much they enjoy my books is awesome. I consider many of them to be good friends, even though I have never met most of them. Second best is having complete control of my time for work and play.
What do you feel blessed with?
I feel blessed to have enough imagination to continue to come up with ideas for new books, and (according to my fans) the writing talent to make my imagination come alive for them.
If you could live in a world created by an author, which book / world would you jump into?
I think Harry Potter's world would be a pretty fun place to hang out, as long as I wasn't a muggle!
I want to thank Night Owl for this interview opportunity. I hope people will visit my website to check out all my books -- the overwhelming majority of readers are really enjoying them, and that makes all the hard work worth it.