1. How did you get started writing?
This question always stumps me. I always have, I think. I wrote poems when I was in grade school. Then I noticed my grandmother loved to read, and I thought I might like to write something she would like to read. I tried; she applauded my efforts and encouraged them. I’m still learning what it means to be a skilled storyteller.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
Honestly… right now? Chickens! Since the lockdown began, I know many of my friends have struggled with putting words on pages, and I have a thing for feathered fowl. It seemed like a match made in literary heaven. So, I put out a submissions call for stories with funny chickens. I didn’t care what kind of chickens… real-life contemporary chickens or magic chickens or chickens in space. It was a great way to have a mental break from the oppressive news. My author-friends delivered such stellar stories, and we had so much fun with it.
So, yeah, right now, my favorite work is absolutely my chicken anthology: CRACKED: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Hell, if I know.
Perhaps I am a purveyor of life-changing information. Such as… only female ducks quack and feeding animals can raise their inner temperature as much as one degree and peacocks lose their whole tail every year only to grow it back bigger and better for the next year.
Truly, though, I *hope* that they use words like loyal, friendly, kind, generous, and… odd.
Odd is good. 😉
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Outside of writing, I care for our farm. We have sheep, goats, turkeys, peafowl, guineas, chickens, ducks, and a hodge-lodge of other things. In my spare time, I check on goats or make sure the birds have grit. Or I wander around taking videos or pictures of the creatures in our care. Most of those images and videos wind up on Instagram.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
I love the what-if-ness inherent in fantasy and paranormal and sci-fi. Amazing and unusual things happen. Peacock shifters… dragons in space… Smart-bike best friends… Plus, chickens, chickens everywhere.
6. What do you want readers to take from your books?
Laughter and hope. I pretty much always wind up with a happily ever after. Some ends are bittersweet and sometimes it takes a long time to get there, but things typically come out all right.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Blue. Feathered. Creature-keeper.
8. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
CRACKED: An Anthology of Eggsellent Chicken Stories
It’s got chickens out the wazoo, and it’s filled with funny-ness that comes with bird brains.
9. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I cannot say.
10. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
I’m working on Cup of Fortune from Sweet Promise Press. Here’s the blurb:
Jemma and Katie are on the hunt for the Cup of Fortune – a goblet with the power to bring riches and immortality to anyone who possesses it…
Treasure-hunting BFF’s Jemma and Katie have been on the run from a lot of things before, but this is the first time a reporter has been on their tail.
So when Chadwick shows up with a nosy reporter sniffing behind him, the girls suspect his timing isn’t coincidental. They want to tell him no, but Chadwick’s superpower is his adorable puppy dog eyes. Reluctantly, they let him tag along as they trek into the rugged Appalachian mountains to seek out a shadowy society of immortal paranormals living underground. These mysterious beings might be able to help them locate the relic before the meddling reporter gets the scoop first and the goblet, too.
Time isn’t on their side as the friends battle against being exposed by the press and suspicions about Chadwick’s motives. His timing seems too perfect to be innocent, but they’re too busy trying to dodge the media to put their finger on the real reason he’s there…
11. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
Cozy mysteries. I would LOVE to try to write a series of those.
12. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
I pull up the note app on my phone and try to catch the words before they race away. It doesn’t always work. I’m horrible at taking notes. Sometimes, I don’t understand the disjointed mess of letters I’ve left behind. At least it’s better than leaving myself hand-written notes that I cannot read because my penmanship is horrendous. That used to be a thing before I adopted a smart phone of my own.
13. What’s next for you?
I’m writing a tiger shifter romance, and I think Frisky Blue (my character from Hellcats) is going to make a cameo.
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