After the brutal murder of her parents in a robbery, Katelyn Corbin, a thoroughly modern 21 year old college senior, finds herself attempting to re-start her life in Charleston, SC, where she finds love, healing and a brand new life in a most unexpected avenue.
Welcome Rick! Thanks for taking this time to let us find out a little about you. Easy question to start…. Who is your favorite author and character?
My favorite author is Anne Rice. I discovered her books years ago and have loved “The Vampire Chronicles” and “The Mayfair Witches”. Of course my favorite character of all has to be Lestat – The Brat Prince! He seems to me to embody what a vampire should be … he is what he is, he’s accepted it, and he enjoys every minute of it! When I read her stories it’s almost as if I am wrapped up in it, I can feel the characters and setting around me.
Anne Rice has a way of bringing her characters to life, you can feel like you know them, and like any personality there are some you like and some you don’t. I have tried to emulate her in bringing my characters to life for my readers. The greatest reward for me would be for someone to tell me that they laughed, loved and cried with Katelyn as she told her story in The Master of Whitehall.
Tell us about your current and next release.
My current book is The Master of Whitehall, a contemporary paranormal romance novel. The story is set in
and revolves around Katelyn Corbin, a twenty-one year old college senior. Katelyn is trying to restart her life and finish college after her parents are murdered. She meets a seemingly wonderful young man, James Dubois, the real life Master of Whitehall, and falls madly in love with him. Although the story is set in the paranormal it’s ultimately a love story, real and unconditional, between her and James. It’s fun to watch as their relationship grows, bringing Katelyn face to face with ideas that she never thought possible, and how she accepts some unchangeable truths. I want my readers to really feel like they know Katelyn and the other characters as well, as they journey with her. Charleston, SC
I actually have two other projects that I am working on right now. The first is an illustrated, signed and numbered, limited edition of 100 copies of The Master of Whitehall. It will contain some additional material and some that just could not make it into this edition due to editing limitations. I have commissioned the artist and she is currently working on the character studies of all five characters.
The second project is the next book; that story will begin approximately a year or so after the ending of the current story. Again, Katelyn will be telling the story and, like the readers, I look forward to hearing what she has to say! I suspect she will entertain us with stories of adventures in her new life.
Tell us some more little known facts about yourself.
Gee, how do I talk about myself and not bore everyone! I’m single and have only one daughter, the cat. My favorite time of day is the morning, because everything starts fresh. I usually start my day with a cup of coffee and checking in with all the sites I follow on the net. I especially enjoy the Spring or Fall of the year so that I can start my day on the back deck and enjoy the cool air. I think that most folks would find that I’m good company morning or evening; although I’m not a late night person. I prefer an early night followed by an early morning. What would you find looking under my bed … most probably the cat, if you looked when you first arrived. After that it would be cat hair … I don’t have dust bunnies, every time I sweep they look more like full grown rabbits! My favorite saying is that if you write a book, write the one you would like to read and then others will also. That is what I’ve tried to do with The Master of Whitehall.
Have you attended a high school reunion? What did you learn?
I attended the 10th and 20th reunions of my class. I did not keep contacts with my class because I left the area to serve in the military after graduation, so I received a nice surprise. I think the 20th union is probably the best one for anyone to attend … time and nature has a way of making everyone equal. By the time of 20th reunion, all the jocks are bald and the cheerleaders are fat!
What factors influenced you to become a writer?
I returned to college as a non-traditional student and discovered writing there. I have been a reader all my life and often thought about writing but wasn’t sure how to do it. I have to credit my English professor, Dr. John Wright, with not only teaching me how to write to but to enjoy writing. I think it was in his classes that I knew someday I would write a novel. But an education in language and writing doesn’t end at the classroom door. I think we are all inspired by the authors we read and they continue teaching us about writing as we read. Then when we write we often use the style of our favorite authors. I think the best way to remain sane as a writer is to know that you are doing the best you can do, try to improve, and remember that everyone is not going to love, some are not even going to like, your work! Remember the voices in your head are just your characters telling you what to put on paper next. You should also hope that someone somewhere decides your book is an affront to society and the well-being of mankind in general and they want to sponsor a book burning. Then as an indie writer you take comfort in the fact that your book is only available to them from you … at full price … with no quantity discount!
The author was born and has spent the majority of his life in the upstate of
. He joined the Navy immediately out of high school where he had the pleasure of visiting some eighteen different countries during a six year span. After returning home he attended The University of South Carolina graduating with a double Associates Degree with Honors. He completed his education at South Carolina Presbyterian College in where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History. He has worked in the education field as a teacher and in various management positions in industry. He currently lives alone with his one daughter, a three year old Tuxedo cat, who graciously allows him to think he actually owns the house. The Master of Whitehall is his debut novel. Clinton, South Carolina
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