Jake Finn/Mara Hero IN LIKE A LION
Where do you dream of traveling to and why?
I'm not much of a traveler. I had to move around for years. First when I was a kid and then again, when I escaped from Kincaid. Now, though, I want to take Anjali home to Mumbai and see where she grew up.
Tell us about your family
I didn't think I had any for years. Now, it turns out I've got six brothers. I can't wait to meet them all. And Anjali and I are having a baby, forming our own family. Anjali says I'll be a good father, but it's brand new territory. All I ever had were foster fathers, and God knows, they were no prize. Especially the last one.
What was the scariest moment in your life? Some people would probably think my life is full of scary moments. I lived on the streets as a child, and again as an adult. I was imprisoned. I thought I was going crazy, but the worst moment was when I realized I loved Anjali, and suddenly, I had something to lose.
What is your favorite meal
I didn't used to care about food, as long as I got some, often I didn't, but now I love Indian food the most. Anjali makes a chicken makhani that melts in your mouth. It's spicy and delicious.
Do your friends think you are an introvert or an extrovert? Why?
I never really had any friends. I was always staying under the radar, moving on. I guess they'd say I was an introvert, though. I got used to hiding my eyes. My foster mother called them "yeller" like the dog in that old movie. They seemed to bother people. Better not to call attention to myself.
Is there a piece of advice that you have received that has really stuck with you? If so, what was it?
There's this quote from the Count of Monte Cristo by Dumas. I think it sums up my life pretty well. "It's necessary to have wished for death in order to know how good it is to live.”
The Chimera Chronicles Book One
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Word Count: 86,673
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Dangerous and forbidden...
Research scientist, Dr. Anjali Mehta, lost her beloved family in an earthquake. Only her work cuts through the paralyzing grief, but when she finds her new research subject, reputed mass murderer, Jake Finn, maddeningly uncooperative and inexplicably sexy she's tempted to run away. How can she burn to touch a killer--a man behind bars?
What she doesn't know is that Jake is a chimera, a shapeshifter who can change into a lion or a dragon with all the strengths of both even in human form, who believes his ability to shape shift is nothing but a terrifying hallucination, and his overpowering attraction to his new doctor proof positive he’s finally gone over the edge.
And the employer she trusts has an agenda all his own. If she can't believe the impossible, neither she nor Jake may make it out alive.
I live in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio and worship Jeni's Ice Cream, JK Rowling, Jayne Ann Krentz, the tv show Supernatural, and the movies, Hunt For Red October and The Princess Bride(though not necessarily in that order.)
I am a fanatical reader of Romance, particularly Sci-Fi Romance, Fantasy Romance and Paranormal Romance. I always write the book I want to read, so I tend to jump sub-genre a bit. My husband and I are the parents of two kids (a girl and a boy) and slaves to two dogs ( a basenji and a vizsla)
I was born in Rochester, NY, attended SUNY Oswego and got my Master's in Information and Library Science at the University of Buffalo. I was a School Librarian in Webster, NY for five years before starting my writing career. (I still miss my students.)
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