Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls: Paranormal Mystery; 12/28/10
When M. J. and the crew of her cable TV show, Ghouls Getters, venture to the haunted ruins of Dunlow Castle in Ireland, they hope that the road will rise up to meet them, that the wind will always be at their backs, that the sun will shine warm upon their faces...and that the resident phantom won't push them off a cliff!
That is what has befallen others drawn to the cattle by the legend of hidden treasure. Dunlow Castle has more spooks than turrets - including the long-dead lord in all his ghostly greediness - but they pale in comparison to the phantom. If M. J. and her fellow ghost busters treasure their lives, they need to get the drop on the menacing phantom - before they plunge headfirst into one cliff hanger of an ending...
Please describe your writing environment.
My work environment changes book to book. My last two books were written on the couch, where I could curl up with my laptop and one of my pups. Then, I wrote the first eight chapters of another book, (a new children's adventure novel I've been slowly eking out,) at the desk in my home office; but right now I'm pounding out the next M.J. novel and I'm set up at my kitchen table with maps of Santa Fe, a clutter of previous M.J. novels and, of course, that handy glass of iced tea and a bowl of potato chips nearby. :)
Please tell us your latest news!
Hello, friends and fans! Thanks to all of YOU, Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls is now a New York Times Bestselling novel!
Making that coveted print list is a first for me, and a lifelong dream come true. I couldn't be more thrilled, or grateful for your wonderful support and continued loyalty.
Also, for those of you who follow my Psychic Eye Mysteries, Vision Impossible will be released in hardcover this July 5th, 2011! I sincerely hope you're pleased with Abby's latest adventure, I put my heart and soul into the story - I wanted to make it special for all of you! :)
Do you see writing as a career?
Well, after cranking out 18 books in eight years....I think I'd better! :)
What main genre do you write in?
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
What's been the most challenging part of writing for you?
Coming up with a good twist at the end and making sure I've sprinkled enough suspects into the mix along the way. Looping back to reveal that something that seemed insignificant in the beginning is what the whole mystery hinged on is what I go for with every book I write, but it's also the hardest thing to capture.
Who has been your best supporter? How have they been there for you?
My agent, Jim McCarthy, has definitely been my best and most ardent supporter. He believed in me from the start, plucking my query letter from the slush pile, and saying, "Yes" when 119 other agents said, "No." He was the first to see me as a successful writer LONG before I ever thought it could actually happen. And, he's been the best muse I could ever hope for, along with one of the dearest friends I've ever had. It's been eight wonderful years of an amazing partnership and one of the best gifts of my life.
Do you have an interesting quirk?
I must have a small bowl of potato chips handy when I'm writing or editing. There's just something about the rhythmic crunching of something salty that helps me plow through the pages and resolve issues.
(Maybe we should send a couple dozen bags to Congress, eh?!) ;)
Do you like to mix genres?
Yes! I loooove to mix it up. I think it really helps creatively to push your own limits and reach for something new. So, just as I enjoy reading different genres, I also enjoy writing them too.
Currently I'm published in children's middle-grade and adult paranormal mystery, but I'd love to pursue something in YA literary one of these days!
What book are you reading now? What are your thoughts on it?
I just finished Laura Hillenbrand's, Unbroken, and I LOOOOOOVED it! Laura is also the author of Seabiscuit, which I read when it was first released before it became a huge hit. I love Hillenbrand's style. The way she writes, each sentence tells a story and she weaves these little stories into a longer tale and eventually you're able to see the whole picture. She's remarkably talented in so many ways, and her books fill my thoughts for days afterward. Both her novels are beautiful, rich with detail, and unbelievably well researched. She's truly gifted and I greatly admire her.
How many books do you plan on writing each year?
I've been writing three ongoing series for the past two years, but this year I have plans to complete five separate novels. I've crunched the numbers and I think it's totally doable if I just stay on track. After this year, I think a nice pace might be four novels a year. Three in a series format and then a one-off. That would be a great balance if I can swing it. :)
If you had to choose one person to have dinner with, who would it be? And why?
This one's a no-brainer for me. I'd invite Tim Gunn to dinner in a heartbeat! I think the cohost of Project Runway might be THE most polite, and genuinely interesting man on the planet. I love his vast vocabulary and colorful dialogue. He's witty, and clever, and puny too! He also seems to be a wonderful conversationalist. I greatly, greatly admire him, and he would be my hands-down top choice for a dinner date. (Okay, IF Daniel Craig weren't available that is...although I'd likely rather have HIM for dessert! Ahem...ahem....)
What's your favorite drink?
I love a good Arnold Palmer. That tangy mixture of iced tea and lemonade just rocks my taste buds.
Thank you Night Owl Paranormal for providing such a fun way to interact, and to all the night owls out there - happy reading!