1. Which of your characters do you feel is most like you?
None and all. Truthfully, my characters probably carry small bits of my insecurities and engender the strong traits of courage, persistence, and noble actions I wish were a part of my every day existence. I would love to have Tsu’s abilities with defense and martial arts, Briet’s skill in medicine, or Jason’s calm ability to handle and manipulate projects with high dollar risk and human impact. However I’m merely mortal, with only so many hours in the day. That’s what makes creating them, and living vicariously through them, so fun.
2. What advice would you give to writers who are interested in writing in this genre?
First, read in all genres because the most important thing about any story is the characters. An appreciation of good character building and good storytelling exists in all forms of fiction and non-fiction and the more you read the more you can define what is effective. Become a study of what works for you, what resonates, and what doesn’t. Second, exercise your imagination and don’t be afraid to take your plot and characters to the edge of reality. Don’t be afraid to push yourself.
3. If you could have a paranormal power, what power would you want and why?
I always thought the ability to conjure things out of thin air would be cool. But then I’d have to explain where all the money and things came from and that would get tricky pretty quickly. The ability to read minds is cool, but I don’t have a thick enough skin to deal with hearing hurtful things, or gross ones. Flight maybe? However I sort of have this thing about heights! I’m good with being who I am and just creating superpowers in others.
4. We love hearing book recommendations from authors. What have you read lately that you could recommend to us?
Glad to share. Here are the books I’ve enjoyed in the last few months:
Harry Connolly/ The Twenty Palaces series – a nice twist on urban fantasy
LJ DeLeon / The Warriors for Light series – romantic urban fantasy with strong female characters
C.E. Murphy / The Walker Papers – urban fantasy with a female shaman lead character and a touch of romance
On my to-read list:
In the house of five dragons – E.D. Lindquist – a twisted historical mix genre
Donna McDonald / Never too late series – fun romance
Susan & Clay Griffith, The Greyfriar (bk1)– vampires & steampunk
Jim Butcher, Ghost Story – Harry Dresden book 13 (I’m hooked on this series until the end!)
5. What inspired you in writing the series?
I’ve often wondered if the human race hasn’t had help at critical times in our development. Or perhaps I am just the eternal optimist and hope that we aren’t alone and super powers really do exist. Out of those musings the Guardians of Eden were born.
6. Are there any books recently released or coming out that you’re particularly excited about?
I spend a lot of time with my characters, so I have a love for each of the stories I write. That said, I’m finishing a story now due for late August release – Shepherd, the second book in my cyber/futuristic series with a hero and heroine who both deserve some happiness in their lives. I’m also working on Destiny’s Mark, Tsu’s story, and book three in the Guardian series which should be ready for release by the end of 2011.
7. Who is your favorite character from the book?
The Guardians are all fun to write, but the challenge and most satisfaction has come from writing about how the human mates are introduced to whatever fantastical power they have to now assimilate. Favorites, hmm. I always enjoy the main characters, but I have to say that Ansgar, Grimm, and Tsu are wonderful characters to write. Their personalities and back-stories are fun to weave in and since I know where they are going to end up some day, I can torture them just a little along the way.
8. Can you give 5 facts about the characters/writing the book/etc.
Writing styles evolve with time and practice.
Reading other stories is essential to refreshing your writer mind.
Editing and correction of stupid typos and grammar, get harder over time because you can cause them just entering changes from your editor – be prepared to address this with fortitude and acceptance.
The more unexpected dimensions a character has, the more interesting they are.
There is no plot or character that can’t be fixed with an open mind and strong imagination.