ell, 2016 was a very good and life altering year for me and had a lot of changes. The biggest one being: I BECAME A FULL-TIME WRITER!😃 I couldn’t have done it without my readers and I will NEVER be able to thank you enough. ((HUGS)). I enjoyed being a physical therapist it was rewarding but I absolutely love writing and being able to give life to all the stories dancing around in my head.
Here's my year in review: In June I released Lunar Marked and based on reviews and reader feedback, it’s the best one in the series so far. Yay!😃 I also released Double-Sided Magic, the first book in the Legacy Series and ventured into a new genre with my steamy romances under a pen name. The Sky Brooks Series rights were purchased by Tantor Media and will be available in audio in 2017. The schedule they gave me is: February 2nd, (Moon Tortured), March 7th (Darkness Unchained), April 4th (Midnight Falls), and May 2nd (Lunar Marked).
I had a lot of great things happen in 2016 but I also had some bad ones as well. Unfortunately, Ethan’s POV will not be published as expected. The only thing I can say is I’m REALLY SORRY. I truly am. Mason bailed on the project just a week before Christmas. I was blindsided and quite devastated by his decision to do so. I really would like Ethan’s story to be told and I’m in the process of trying to find another author to work on the project. The only thing that I can promise is that I will be more cautious in picking the next person for the project so this will not happen again. Based on everything that has transpired, I will not announce the project until it is actually complete and ready to be published. I think that’s the best way to handle the situation because it is quite difficult for me to have to deliver this news and I really hate that I have to. I can’t express how much it bothers me to disappoint the readers who were looking forward to it. Once again, I am very sorry.
What are my plans for 2017? I’m glad you asked. Sky Brooks Series will end this year with six books. I will release the last two books in the series this year. The first four books in the Sky Brooks Series will be available in paperback this month. There will be four books in The Legacy Series and I plan to release two this year. I'm on track to release Obsidian Magic (The Legacy Series, Book 2) and Moon Cursed (Sky Brooks Series, Book 5). Things happen between beta readings, editing, and proofreading that could delay publication date but I will always let you know if there are delays. I'm part of an anthology with a group of wonderful authors whose books I'm sure you've read and that will be released August 1st. All the stories will feature dragons, magic, and kick-butt MCs. I’m really excited about it. Finally, I have a collaboration project with Gena Lutz. We have a fun and thrilling adventure in store for our readers and I can't wait for you all to read it.
That’s my plans for this year and I’m just thrilled about each one.
REVIEWS. REVIEWS. REVIEWS. I wish I could express how important they are to authors. Reviews are feedback and I love getting feedback. Not only do reviews give me feedback and let me know what you thought of the books but they help other readers decide if they want to give my books a chance. If you haven’t, please leave a review of each book. If you’re pressed for time, I really would appreciate a review of Moon Tortured, and Darkness Unchained since they are the first two in the series.
How do you imagine the characters? A lot of people ask me about the characters in the Sky Brooks Series, more specifically which actors/actresses (and a few models) do I picture them as. Honestly, most of my characters are modeled after people I've seen during one of my people watching sessions or my friends, family, and associates. However, for fun I did make a list of actors/actresses (and some models) who remind me of my characters. I’ve debated whether to post my list. I don’t know about you but when I have an image of the character in my head it is really disappointing when I see a picture of the character and it isn't even close to what I imagined. Yeah, I’m looking at you EVERY book that has been made into a television show or movie. So, to keep you from going through that with my characters I will hold off posting the list unless you want to see it. If you do, just leave a comment and if I get enough responses in favor of doing it I will post it on my next blog.
Here’s a peek at a few: (CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK 😃)
Happy New Year and may you have a wonderful year.
My goal was to write a blog at least once a week. That SO didn’t happen. Life has been a little hectic this year but I am very happy to announce that I am writing full-time (for now). 😃 I decided to take a year off of work.🎇🎇 🎇So what does this mean? I have more time to write (read, Facebook, catch up on Blogs, and binge watch Penny Dreadful) no, I mean write. I have a lot more time to write.
Because I now write for a living I have several projects I am working on. If you follow me on Facebook (If you don’t, what are you waiting for? ) 😃 you know that I have a new series. The Legacy Series. The first book is Double-Sided Magic and it will be out November 11, 2016. My friend Mason Reed is also working on Moon Tortured from Ethan’s POV. It's scheduled for release in November. I can’t tell you much more because I’ve been forbidden from asking any questions about the book. Apparently (based on his feedback) I’m annoying and my constant need for updates was getting on his nerves. So, I welcome you to email him and get updates and if he tells you anything, tell me. 😃 But I am confident he will do the book and Ethan’s character justice because on some days he can be rather Ethan-ish.
Sky Brooks Series Book 5 will be released early December. However, because no matter how much I plan, life just gets in the way. If it is too close to the holidays then I will release it in January 2017. The same thing for Obsidian Magic, Book 2 of the Legacy Series.
Along with my Urban Fantasy books, I write Romance under a pen name. I’ve decided not to go public with it but it’s not a big secret. I’m just hiding it from my mother. Did I mention that it’s a Steamy Romance and my mother thinks the sex scenes in the Sky Brooks Series are naughty. I can’t imagine what she would think if she read my Romance. There you have it. I’m keeping my Romance pen name a secret because I’m afraid of my mother. 😃 If you are interested just send me an email and I will give you the name.
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That’s my update. I would love to tell you I plan to write an entry weekly; but, I can’t but I will make sure to give updates.
ETA: Tantor Media purchased the right to Sky Brooks Series and it will be available in audiobook format soon. 😃
ETA (on Nov 10, 2016). Due to personal issues my releases will be delayed. I apologize for it. At this time, I can't give specific date, however; Sky Brooks Series Book 5, Sky Brooks Book 1 Ethan's POV, and Legacy Series Book 2 will be released in early 2017. I will update the information on website, blog and Facebook. If you have any questions about Ethan's POV please contact Mason on his Facebook Page or email him.
I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and will have an exceptional new year. Happy 2016!
I know I am late, but December was a very tough month. Unfortunately, I experienced two major losses: my uncle and my editor and friend (John—I mentioned him many times in my blog) both died in December. Most writers can write through life’s ups and downs, but I am not one of them. I took several weeks off from writing.
Although I wasn’t exactly writing, I was doing a lot of behind the scene things associated with the series. My cover artist is working on Book 4. I still don’t have a title, so if you have an idea, please send me an email and if I choose it; I will mention you in my acknowledgment.
How many books will there be in the series? I get this question a lot and for a long time I didn’t have an answer, now I do. There will be 6 books in the Sky Brooks Series. Due to the time I took off from writing, I had to push back my release date for Book 4. Initially, it was scheduled for release in February but the release will be mid-March. I apologize for the delay, but if I would have attempted to write in the state I was in, I am sure it would have been very evident in my work and I didn’t want that.
Happy New Year! And if can say it enough, the best way to thank an author is to write a review and tell others about the series.
October was an excellent month for me. I released Midnight Falls and it seems to have been well received based on the favorable feedback and reviews. I had a successful promotion, and I finally feel like those that continued with the series really are starting to get me and the series. But with all the questions answered in Midnight Falls, there still seem to be so many more. So let's have a Q&A.
When will Book 4 be out?
My goal is February, and when I say this I mean it is my intention to do so, but sometimes thing just don’t go as expected.
Why February, what takes you so long?
I work full-time as a physical therapist. I get up at 4 a.m. in order to work out (because I can’t seem to create the zero calorie pizza, and the M&M diet was an internet hoax—damn!) and write for an hour before I go to work. I try to write a little after work, but most of the time I am too tired. During the weekends I spend hours writing.
Once the book is complete, it still has to go to my beta readers. After I make the recommended changes then it goes to my developmental editor. He goes through it, fusses and pulls out his hair and possibly considers looking into another profession and then returns it to me. I make the changes and then he edits. After he edits, then the book goes to a proofreader.
Yep, the book goes through all of that before it gets to you, and sadly, through all that, I still find a couple of errors. If they frustrate you, imagine how I feel :). While I am writing, making corrections and communicating with my editors and proofreaders, I still have to work with my cover artist to give her feedback on the cover. There are so many things at play that a delay in one thing throws the whole system off. But I give you my word, I am always trying to meet my deadline.
What happened to Chris’ Series?
Hmm, I thought you hated her, now you like her? (Just kidding. Not really.) For a while I put her book on the back burner. I didn’t have it in me to write her. People hate her and I felt it was a huge imposition to ask my readers to follow her series. I discuss it in depth in this blog. But after reading Barry Eisler’s John Rain series and the encouragement of my editor, beta readers, readers that contacted me to tell me how much they loved all three books, I’m back at work on the Chris series. (Hey readers, where were you when I was getting all the hate mail and catching all the shade about Darkness Unchained ? :)) So, my friends, I decided to move forward with it.
Now I am in a place mentally and artistically to really do her story justice and I am confident that, although some will continue to hate her, most of you all will understand her and dare I say—maybe even like her.
I hate Michaela, you should kill her.
Hey, violence isn’t always the answer. But isn’t fun to hate her?
I love Ethan, what's next for him?
I am glad you asked. You are the coolest student in the class. Actually, several people have written me inquiring about a book from Ethan’s POV. I thought it was a splendid idea. But you just read what my schedule is like, and I just don’t have the time to do it at the moment. But I have a friend and fellow writer that really wanted to take on the task. Mason Reed will be writing a couple of scenes from Ethan’s POV and I will be posting them on my website. We welcome your feedback about it.
I say this with true sincerity: I welcome your feedback. I will admit that doing this was very hard. I don’t have children and I imagine how I felt when I agreed to this is how some mothers feel about leaving their child with a babysitter. I handed Ethan off to Mason and with the hopes that he would take care of the character the way I would and at the same time take care of you, the reader, as well. I read the first several scenes and I’m very comfortable handing this over to him and I hope you like them as much as I do. Ethan's POV can be viewed here.
Josh, Quell, Steven and Ethan—Sky has such great chemistry with them, which one will she end up with?
I think with everything that has developed in the story between Ethan and Sky, it is a safe guess to assume they will get together. But as you can see, the story is unfolding in a very unique and complicated way and it would be hard for me to give a definitive answer. But I can definitely say, it will not be Steven. Their bond and relationship, to me, seems like that between siblings and there isn’t any romantic chemistry. As I have stated many times before, the muse can take you anywhere, but I can’t imagine what type of rollercoaster, crazy ride it would take me on to have them end up as a couple.
I love Sable and Gavin, will they get a story?
Really?! Sable and Gavin? For goodness sake, get some help. Actually, Sable and Gavin are another set of characters that are fun and challenging to write. People are strangely drawn to them. At this time I doubt they will get a book, but if you have a story you would like to tell, bring it. I would absolutely love to hear your ideas.
Skylar needs a boyfriend, when is that going to happen?
Hmm, I don’t know. Each relationship she has with the men in her life (Steven, Quell, Josh and Ethan) and a unique layer to the story. I really have to see where the muse will take me. Yes, Ethan is an easy choice and there is chemistry, but I’m not sure if he is the one she will ultimately be with.
OMG, what happened between Ethan and Sky? How could he do that to her?
No spoilers on my blog. But if we are talking about the same scene, I will tell you that Ethan is a very calculating man and Skylar is very emotional. I think Ethan made the right choice because of the complication it would have caused.
How many books will there be in the series?
I wish I could give you an exact number, but I can’t. As the story unfolds, I often get more ideas, which can’t be done in a single book. Initially I wanted just five, then that increased to six. I decided not to restrict myself to a number and to end the story when I feel that Sky’s story has been adequately told.
Keep the questions coming and I will try to have a Q&A every so often to answer you!
I was reminded of the movie My Dinner with Andre when an homage of it was done on Community, one of my favorite shows. It kind of describes my experience with my cousin Kim, who decided to read the Sky Brooks series. Unlike the movie, we weren’t old friends that went to dinner to discuss our lives. In fact, we didn’t have dinner at all. We had a series of phone calls and text messages as we discussed the book and Sky’s life. Hmm, okay, maybe it wasn’t anything like my Dinner with Andre and I just wanted to tell you that I liked the movie and Community. You should check them both out. Anyway, my not-dinner with Kim was still an enlightened discussion about someone’s life and a world—Sky’s.
I guess I should explain why this means so much to me. One of the dilemmas of writing and being an author are all these unspoken rules, professional expectations, and expected rules of engagement with your readers. I truly respect the anonymity and the rights of my readers and would never cross those bounderies, but whenever a reader contacts me, I have to rein in the over-enthusiastic writer (and curious kid) in me that is jumping for joy and want to ask them a million questions: “Who’s your favorite character and why?” “Did you see that coming?” “What did you like and dislike about the book?” “What was your favorite scene?” “What went through your mind when (insert scene or act) happened?” “Who should Skylar date?” “How did you feel during this scene?” And the list goes on.
I feel that is is an imposition as well as a takeaway from the reading experience to ask the readers that contact me a barrage of questions. So I pull back and keep it simple, wishing that I could ask more questions. I put my enthusiastic kid in a corner and give her a long time out.
Beta readers are great and I love mine, but their experience with reading my story is different than the average reader. They are introduced to the story in its infancy and in its rawest form: with plot holes, character inconsistencies, and long-winded prose and all. And many of them read it again after the changes are made. They aren’t necessarily reading for enjoyment, but to look for problems with the story so that I can fix it. They never have the opportunity to read my books for the first time through untainted lenses. So they don’t have the actual reader experience.
When Kim read my book, I was able to ask all my questions with impunity. After all, what was she going to do? We’re related—she can’t escape from me J, and even if she tried, she has to see me at the next family reunion.
Kim reading my book gave me the fix I needed. Each morning I awoke to a multitude of texts: “I did not see that coming” “What a (add your preferred expletive)!” “I am going to kill Skylar,” “Damn Winter!” “Ah.” “They can’t be couple—okay, maybe they should be a couple.” “I really hope he/she gets killed.” “God, I hate her/him.” “Wow, I love him/her.” “This person should be a couple.” “Aw.” and so much more. I loved it.
She provided me the opportunity to experience what it was like reading my book in real-time and the opportunity to see if the story that I was trying to tell was in fact what the reader experienced. I wished I could say that her experience was everything I wanted the reader to have. But I was able unleash my curious author and get detailed feedback about her thoughts. There were two scenes in Midnight Falls that I wondered how my readers would respond to. As Kim gave her feedback on the scene, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I am not saying that she represents all my readers, but it was refreshing that someone understood the method behind the madness and voiced it without a filter. And I will never forget my dinner (texts and emails) with Kim.
If you are reading this blog, my assumption is that you like my series (unless you are a hate reader, and if so, I am going to just put it out there –that’s just weird). No matter where my muse takes it, I am always thinking about the readers’ experience. If they were my cousin Kim, would they send me a text? What would that text read? Are they frustrated, angry, happy, satisfied, on the edge of their seats?
I guess I am writing this blog with the realization that because of the writing industry and social protocols, there are certain limitations I have with interacting with my readers. Honestly, I’ve never contacted an author (I am just weird that way). But if the reader feels comfortable, I want to hear from them. Even a review that lays out all the things you liked and disliked will make me do a happy dance with jazz hands. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to bring readers hours of entertainment. As always: Happy Reading!
One of my favorite questions is: Do I have a favorite character? I wish I could give a straight answer, but I can’t. The characters are like the author’s children, and like any good parent, you never openly admit there is a favorite. Why? Because each child is different and you learn to appreciate each one for the uniqueness they bring to the family. And if you delve deeper, you find their personalities complement each other. It is those complementing characteristics that add a wonderful tapestry to the story and make it come alive.
I know you are calling BS; after all, I created the characters. I gave them their personalities and make them perform for your entertainment. That’s a common perception, but it’s not true. I start off with a framework for a new character. It’s quite simple like: “I need someone quirky,” or something just as simple, and then I go from there.
Let’s look at Quell. He is my most enigmatic character, but originally I wanted him to be the peculiar, handsome vampire that I thought of as the “Sheldon” (of Big Bang Theory) of the otherworld, and you see what he evolved into. It tail-spinned into something vastly different from what I wanted. Quell isn’t anything like Sheldon by any stretch. That happens quite often with characters.
For me, having a large cast of characters gives the reader a little perspective and appreciation for the difference each one offers. If you didn’t have Ethan, wouldn’t Josh’s relationship with Skylar be a little less endearing? And Steven’s boy-next-door charms are only amplified by Sebastian’s acerbic, cold mannerisms. Winter’s transition to who she is in Darkness Unchained and Midnight Falls has a lot to do with her interactions with Skylar. Their personalities complement, enhance and improve each other’s.
I don’t have a favorite because they are all my favorites for the purposes they serve in the story.
I do have characters that are more fun to write. Skylar is enjoyable to write, and not because she is the main character, but because she is truly the most challenging. As a reader, I like to read subtle but instrumental developmental changes in a main character. I hate when a main character gets a new power, a new role in life, finds out a new thing/power about herself and handles it with the mastery of someone that had been dealing with it for years. I like to see my characters fumble a little and overcome those obstacles as realistically as possible.
Although some hate a quirky, snarky character—like Ethan or Skylar—I love them. Probably because I am one—or so my family, friends, and even supervisor often point out.
Another fun character to write is Michaela. I can almost hear the collective gasps. She’s cruel, vindictive, arrogant, narcissistic, and without a shred of restraint. She is the id personified. She is the only character that I can unleash all the crazy and mean I can think of and never worry about having to rein it in. There is a level of freedom to writing her that I don’t get with the other characters.
The hardest character to write is Quell. Once again, I can hear Quell’s fangirls and fanboys gasp, and probably a couple of scoffs. Of all the characters I have, he is the most complex. He’s a murderer. Some may even go as far as to say his behavior borders on the line of a repressed psychotic. But his poetically tragic background (if you haven’t read Midnight Falls—get it!) breeds a certain level of compassion and empathy for him. If you are confused by your feelings about Quell, imagine how I feel!
I would love to hear from you all. Who is your favorite character and why?
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I am sure I am not the only one that’s minding my own business reading a delightful book, and then – BAM – a bad character hits you out of nowhere. I am not talking about a poorly written character or Mary Sue/Gary Stu, but a truly bad character. A character that is amoral, mean, caustic, narcissistic, arrogant, a murder, philanderer, or some combination of these.
They come on the scene and you spew venom and call them a few colorful names. With each page, the colorful names falter, the disdain wilts, and you find yourself turning the page, curious to read more about them if they are the main character, and anticipating the next scene that he/she is in if they are a secondary character. What happened? How did you fall for such a person?
Well, it is quite easy. Yes, I realize there are some people that will never like characters like that; for them, there is no redemption for a morally flawed character. I get it and definitely respect it. But for some, there is something that occurs while reading that fosters a level of acceptance and allows us to like someone that should otherwise be hated. I don’t know about you, but it is a little unsettling. When that happens, I feel like somehow I have betrayed my ethics and upbringing. (Sad, right?)
As I mentioned before, I love the show Scandal, and for a long time I felt a special type of guilt about my love for Olivia (I-Am-Cheating-With-The-President) Pope and President (I-Cheat-On-My-Wife) Grant, but at the end of the day, they are characters that are fun, entertaining, and characters I enjoy watching. They are flawed individuals, and they entertain for that hour.
I am going through the same thing with a series I am reading, Barry Eisler’s excellent books about an assassin, John Rain. Yep, you read that correctly. He kills people for money and sometimes just because they needed to be eliminated. Needless to say, he isn’t very honest and he has broken his share of promises to people. Yet, while on the Arc Trainer (I read at the gym) I found myself wiping away tears while pretending to be removing sweat from my face. I turned each page with anticipation (I use my tablet—but you get the point), hoping he would get away with murder: not figuratively, but literally. When he was caught, I flipped through the pages even faster as I hoped he would get away. And my heart was just a little too heavy when he lost his lover. I was pulled into his world, felt his pain, the trauma of his childhood,the hopelessness of his life, and in the end, I was able to be entertained by a person I would never want to meet in real life. And I can honestly say it was one of the best books I have ever read.
I’m writing this because, as you may know, Chris is getting her own series. Several times while writing her book, I closed the file and right clicked the mouse to delete the file and give up on any idea of writing her story. People hate Chris. And that makes me wonder if my interest in her is an imposition on my loyal readers. But with the encouragement of friends and my editor, I have chosen to continue. If you decide to follow her series and hate it and Chris, blame my friends and editor. (Send me an email, I’ll give you their contact information :) ) Plenty of Skylar fans won’t like it, but I’ve realized that Chris has a story to tell, and honestly I can’t wait to see where the muse leads me with it.
Often my friends and family ask me what inspired me to write. I hate telling the story because it seems a little cliché, but some things just happen that way.
Like most authors, I am a reader first. The idea to write came to me while reading a book that just didn’t end up the way I wanted. Was it a bad book? No. It just didn’t appeal to me. We’ve all read a book that had all the right things that you look for in a book, but in the end it just didn’t meet your expectations. It happens. Based on some of my reviews, it has happened to readers of my books. In my case, the author’s muse didn’t meet up with my idea. So be it.
I often liken the subtle differences that make a book a five star for one person and the same book a one star for another reader to the great pumpkin pie and sweet potato pie debate. I dislike them both, but that is a story for another day. They look alike, and dammit, they almost taste alike! (And don’t try to convince me otherwise.) Yet, people have comically heated debates over which one is better. They are both: milk, sugar, butter, spices and something orange and gross that just shouldn’t be in a pie (yeah, I am talking to you, pumpkin and sweet potato). But it’s that subtle difference that makes people frown when someone gives them the one that isn’t their preference. That small difference that changes the pie too much for the eater to like.
The same thing happened to me while reading this book. It had all the same ingredients found in pumpkin pie, and it even looked similar, yet my taste buds wanted sweet potato. Remember: this is an analogy—I don’t want either one. Please do not offer me pumpkin or sweet potato pie, but I’ll take a key lime pie any day or time.
That night I went to bed disappointed because I wanted what I wanted. It was so close, but instead it was pumpkin pie—and not sweet potato. A very subtle difference that took that book from a five star to me to something else. Now, here’s the cliché: I was awakened out of my sleep with my own story, and that night I started writing Moon Tortured. It took several years and a lot of rewrites, but I ended up with the story I wanted to read and I am forever grateful that it is a story that others like and want to read too.
I should give a speech here, shouldn’t I? Something profound about why I started the blog. Hmmm, let me think about it... I got nothing. I will probably use this to discuss my books, the writing process, my life (don’t get too excited about that one—I’m pretty boring). Besides dressing up like Wonder Woman and fighting crime on the weekend (let’s keep that a secret), I work full-time as a physical therapist, work out (I plan to run a marathon next year), and write—a lot. Not too exciting. But, if I finally make that zero-calorie pizza that I’ve been working on, then I plan to blog about that for days.
Moon Tortured was published thirteen months ago, and since then, I’ve had the special pleasure of receiving wonderful letters from readers, great and not-so-great reviews, and feedback and questions that I absolutely love.
Let’s have fun with my first post and have a Q &A. Some are actual questions, responses, messages I’ve received, and some are questions I made up but are based on various things others have asked me.
I love Skylar!?
Thank you, I really hoped I have created a likable character. Fun fact: initially her name was Olivia (Levy for short), but then Scandal came out and I had to make a quick change. I love the show, but Skylar is very different from Olivia Pope. So Levy was buried and Skylar was born.
I hate Skylar, why is she so stupid?
Ouch! I will admit, Skylar was written to be naïve, emotional, and a little helpless. As an author, I always try to avoid the things I hate as a reader. Skylar has lived a sheltered life. She isn’t going to be a kick-ass heroine coming out of the gate. But with each book, she evolves into a character I hope that you love and that you see her strength, maturity, and self-reliance evolve into something you can appreciate.
Ethan’s a jerk, why do I like him so much?
I don’t know, maybe you should discuss that with your therapist. Hehehe. Ethan is a character that is hard to hate. Just when you are at the end of your rope with his caustic, arrogant, narcissistic behavior, he does something sweet that pulls you right back in. Isn’t that how most bad boys are? I am just the author, which means I simply write whatever the character tells me to.
Ethan is hiding something, what?
Aww, I wish I could tell you. Here’s a hint, it is in Midnight Falls.
There is chemistry between Skylar and Quell, Josh and Ethan. Who will Skylar end up with?
Good question, I can’t wait until I know too. Like I said, I am just a vessel; the characters write their story. But this vessel can be steered in the direction you like with the right storyline. If you have a pitch, I would love to hear it.
Gavin and Sable are sadistic and weird, should they be a couple?
Hmm. You’re odd, I like you. Let’s have lunch. Wait…you like dark, sadistic murderers, let’s postpone that. They are an intriguing combination. I will admit they are fascinating in a disturbing way. Gavin is one of my favorite characters, and I can’t wait to see how his story plays out. I doubt they will end up as a couple—but…you never know where the story will go.
You sure like interior design, what is wrong with you?
John is that you? If you have a question, just email me. John is my editor and I absolutely adore him, but he has mentioned it several times that I pay a lot of attention to the characters’ homes. There is a method to my madness, although it is more madness than method. Like clothing, a person’s décor tells a lot about their personality. Describing their home gives the reader insight into the character's personality.
Chris is getting her own series, why? I hate her!
Again, ouch! As a reader, I can see why people hate her—she isn’t very likeable. Now, as an author, I find her fascinating. She and Quell are a study of the human condition. I was hesitant to do Darkness Unchained the way I did, but I needed a way to tell the vampires’ side of the story and she was the best way. As I wrote her, I found myself thinking about her world, the world she came from, and how she had to survive. She is a wonderfully complex character, and in the end, the readers may not love her, but I hope they end up liking and understanding her enough to follow her story.
This was pretty fun. I think I will do it again. If you have any questions for me or the characters, feel free to contact me. Midnight Falls will be published September 15th, 2015, and I promise that at least some of the questions in the first two books will be answered. I apologize for delaying it. My goal is to always produce the best book possible. I had to change proofreaders, which delayed my project. I think you will be very happy with the final result. Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list and "like" my Facebook page to stay up to date with contests, giveaways, and promotions. And thanks to all my readers, and to all of the wonderful feedback in your reviews, whether good or bad. Feel free to contact me.