How did you begin writing?
I was a closet writer for a time. I always thought I could write a book, but my insecurities got the better of me. About six years ago I picked up my pen and paper and took a shot at it. I couldn’t believe how excited I was. The words just seemed to pour out of me.
My very good friends were writers or communicators and I really thought I’d embarrass myself in front of them if they knew I was writing. Of course when I came out of the closet, they were shocked and very supportive of my efforts.
Fantasy romance is becoming an increasing popular genre lately? How were introduced to fantasy romance and what made you realize that was what you wanted to write? Do you write in any other genres?
As a teenager I discovered paranormal romance and being a romance junkie, I absolutely fell in love with the paranormal side of romance. As I started to write more I seemed to have this urge to create worlds and bizarre creatures. It was then that I decided to write romantic fantasies. I love the worlds I create and the odd creatures that associate themselves with my hero’s and heroines.
Besides fantasy, I pretty much like to write anything BUT it still has to be romance. My books just have to have a happy-ever-after or I’m not happy. I also really like to write historical romances with a western flare.
With most fantasy books an alternate world is created? Is it fun to create your own world? Is it difficult to remember the "rules" you create for your own world. After all, on Earth we have gravity, people don't fly, etc. in your world the rules are different.
I think I’m fortunate because a lot of my worlds are created when I sleep! I end up dreaming of a creature in a make believe world and when I wake up I’m bubbling with excitement and can’t wait to start writing down what I’ve experienced. It usually gives me the start, but it is difficult to create different worlds. Everything has to be in great detail in order for the reader to experience what the author is trying to have them picture. I do have to make notes about colors, powers, and traits of the world and characters that I’m creating. If I didn’t I’d never remember! I like magic and use that a lot in my stories. Although there are some rules regarding the magic used, it really gives me great flexibility when allotting powers to my characters. With fantasy, I can do whatever I want to as the author. Creatures can fly and defy gravity. They can disappear, and even change their forms if they wish. I love the freedom I have when writing fantasy.
How do you go about creating a new world? Did you do any research?
Really my ideas do come from dreams I’ve had. I think I’m a very visual person so sometimes I get great ideas when I’m camping, looking at mountains, or staring at a body of water. There is no limit to what a person can create if you just let go of the barriers holding us back from these thoughts.
I don’t have to do much research, sometimes I look at mythology for ideas, but I don’t spend much time researching.
Are you a plotter or a pantser? (Do you outline your books first or just write and see what happens?)
I’m a pantser through and through! I hate outlining. I just run with my ideas and watch the story come to life. I love that about my writing. It’s like I can’t wait to write because it’s really like I’m reading the story also. I don’t know where it’s going!
What is you day to day writing schedule? Do you have any advice for our writers?
I usually like to write first thing in the morning before I go to work! It’s tough to find time and I think it’s the hardest part about being an author. I also find larger chunks of time to write on the weekends.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working the sequel to my novella QUINN’S CHRISTMAS WISH called A CHOSEN LOVE – Jazira’s Story. I’m very excited about it and my readers are also.
My new novella BAREBACK FOR COWBOY is out soon if not now! This book isn’t a fantasy in the “new world” sense, but I did like fantasying about the characters and the story. It’s very HOT.
Genre: romantic fantasy
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 47853
Cover Artist: Myriah Reed
Ryder, commander of the Levarian legion of gargoyles, has a problem. He keeps dreaming on duty…and falling…neither of which gargoyles ever do. Every dream is of the same woman, and every time, it brings on red-hot, searing pain in the crescent-shaped scar on his palm. Driven to find the woman and the reason for his bizarre dreams, he lets himself fall…
…right through to a place he never knew existed…to the woman of his dreams.
Labeled a misfit, Tempest was snatched away as a child and imprisoned in the hidden realm of Misfit Mountain. Locked up by Fedor, the ruler of the kingdom, who intends to take her as his bride, she has no choice but to brave the dangerous snow and ice of the Mountain to escape. Despairing, faced with the impossible choices of Fedor or death, love is the last thing on her mind, until Ryder snatches her from the air and into a whole new realm of feeling.
Can Ryder find the key to freeing her and save them both?
I have always believed in fairy tales and when I got tired of the old ones I made up my own. Each story would have a hero and heroine, but they were anything but typical.
I devoured my first romance novel when I was a teenager and soon discovered I couldn’t read them fast enough. Years later I stumbled across my first paranormal romance…an injustice would be done if I tried to explain my joy when I found this genre of romance. Now writing any type of love story is my passion, whether it’s paranormal, fantasy, historical or contemporary–for me it’s all about LOVE and a happy-ever-after.
I am truly blessed. My husband is my hero in every story. My family and my precious animals are my inspiration. We live on a small acreage in Didsbury, Alberta, with Dozer, Daisy, Mandarin and Peppers.
Happy reading everyone, I would love to hear from you.
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