South Louisiana where the food is great and people are a tad odd.
Tell me about your latest book. What makes it stand out from the crowd?
SOULFIRE is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with half-dragon men, steamy sex, and a happily ever after. While I love shifter books, this isn’t one of them. It’s a fantasy world where humans live alongside Morgons, the dragon hybrid race, and racial tensions are on the rise, especially when human daughters of the aristocracy start playing on the Morgon side of the city.
Yes, I’m currently working on book two in The Vessel Trilogy. SEALED IN SIN continues the story of Genevieve and her demon hunter protector, Jude Delacroix. Book one, FORGED IN FIRE (Samhain) releases this January. Here’s a link if you’d like to get a taste of Genevieve’s discovery of the demon underworld in New Orleans.
What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Form genuine relationships with writers, bloggers, and others in the book industry. Find a sound critique group who will be honest with you, because you need improvement. We ALL need improvement. Learn from others who are a step or two ahead of you and pass along your own knowledge to those a step or two behind.
How did you deal with rejection letters? Any tips for unpublished writers?
There’s no easy way to deal with rejection letters. Rejection sucks, in all forms. But you have to put your big girl panties (or big boy briefs) on and listen to the reasons it is being rejected. Also, understand that this is a seriously subjective business. What doesn’t appeal to one editor/agent may appeal to the next one.
Tips? In the immortal words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”
What tools of the trade are must-haves for you?
- My writing playlists, ranging from the Game of Thrones soundtrack to my alternative rock. Pinterest, because visual stimuli keeps my mind spinning with new ideas. And copious amounts of reading. The best way to become a better writer is to be an avid reader.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to research a story?
I took a Ghost Tour in the back streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans. One of the coolest nights ever.
What do you like to read?
My favorite genres are urban fantasy/paranormal romance (Nalini Singh and Karen Marie Moning–my go-to authors) and historical romance (Julia Quinn and Eloisa James).
Who is your favorite author and why?
Truthfully, my absolute favorite is Charlotte Bronte. She created one of the strongest heroines in Jane Eyre and one of the sexiest heroes in Mr. Rochester, then set the story in the coolest, most haunting place of Thornfield Hall. I still reread this Gothic romance to learn from her masterful craft.
Now for the fun questions. Let’s strip away the veil of invisibility. Do you have a day job alongside writing and will you tell us about it?
- Up until earlier this year, I taught high school English to gifted students. I was recently promoted to the Gifted and Talented Coordinator for our district. While I’ll miss the classroom, the free afternoons and evenings gives me more time to write. J
If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have chosen?
Literary agent. Or coffee shop owner. Cliché, I know.
Who is your favorite superhero (or heroine)? Can be from a comic book, movie, novel, cartoon, video game or anywhere else heroes reign.
Hit Girl from KICK-ASS (Marvel comics and the movies). She’s freaking awesome.
Your favorite book hero?
Snape? A hero, you ask? Yes. Because he never did anything for glory or fame. He lived a despised life, sacrificing his reputation, happiness, everything, because of his love for the woman he lost, the woman he could not save from death. A love that never wavered, despite the fact she chose another (the wrong man, IMHO). Even death did not quell his love for her and the sacrifices he was willing to make for her post-mortem, to protect her son.
You finally have an evening free to spend any way you want. Money is no object. Where do you go? What would you do?
Depending on my mood and the week I’ve had, either a long, luxurious dinner with my husband at a ridiculously expensive restaurant, washed down with bottles of wine. OR slumming in front of my television in my sweatpants with margaritas and take-out sushi.
You’ve been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to shift into another form by a witch. What kind of shifter are you? Why?
A dragon. Why? Because they’re…BAD. ASS.
Thanks so much for being my guest today! Anything else you’d like to share with my readers? Don’t forget to give us links to your website etc.
Thank you for having me! Please feel free to check out my upcoming October release SOULFIRE. If you’d like to get early and exclusive news, teasers, excerpts, please join me for my monthly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/XeKIn