My Story

LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MYSELF

An Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?

I was born in New York State on November 17, 1978 (On a dirt driveway, I've been told.) But, I only spent a few years of my youth there. I was raised in South Carolina, the exact location depended on which parent or grandparent I was living with. It's not so much where I grew up - but how I grew up - that has influenced my writing. Hard work and sacrifice was a constant. My past is not a fairy tale. I've been happy and sad. I've been hopeful and despaired. I believe personal experiences is the greatest tool any writer has when it comes to writing dramatic scenes and every author leaves some part of themselves in their writing, even if it's not based on true life events.

What motivated you to become an indie author?

Fear, I guess. But probably not for the reason you'd think. Writing is my hobby and I'm scared I won't love it as much if it becomes my job. I enjoy every part of making my books from the first draft to the cover. Honestly, I don't want to give up doing any part of that and I don't want deadlines. My biggest dream as a writer has always been to have it read by others and I have accomplished that as an Indie Author.

What is your writing process?

I don't  have what they call a traditional process. I don't write outlines. If an idea comes to me I write it and if it turns into anything, I write it again and again, until I like it. My characters develop themselves as I write them and tend to let the story have a life of its own.

Why do all your books take place in Jenithiyah?

I created Jenithiyah when I was writing Sweet Son of a Mobster. It originally took place in Houston, Texas, a place I have never been. During the research process I realized that I hate looking up facts about places and after speaking with a retired undercover agent and amazing published author, Bob Hmaer, I decided I didn't like the limitations of the real world.

I've always been interested in the stories of the Bermuda Triangle and I created my fantasy world from the thoughts I've had about where people may have ended up after they disappeared and the idea gets bigger with each story I write.

What's in Jenithiyah's future?

I have all kinds of ideas for Jenithiyah that could possibly launch my stories deeper into the scify/fantasy genre. I have a few rough drafts based on the first days of the world, that introduce characters called the Ivex. The laws of this time period are more barbaric than they are in present day Jenithiyah. (If you can imagine.)
There will be other stories that explain more about the Chymoan, that have already been mentioned in my books. There are lots of ideas about their origin and why they are so much taller than other characters. (Possibly aliens?) They have ancient rules that they still follow and they shun anyone who does not abide by them.
I also have some ideas about a future Jenithiyah, where the land has been destroyed what I call, The Rain of Fire and is found again by archaeologist, but I haven't put a lot of work into this - so far.

Like I said there are hundreds ideas swirling around my head for Jenithiyah. I don't know if I will ever be able to write them all. What I do know for sure is that every story will be a love story and I hope that the craziness of Jenithiyah makes them a little more interesting.

What do your fans mean to you?

I'm not sure I really have fans yet, but if I do, all I can  say is Thank you. Reading the reviews, talking to the readers is a feeling above and beyond any words I could write. All I can say is that my fans are my biggest inspiration. When I know someone is enjoying my books and wanting more, the more I want to write three times faster. So don't forget to write those reviews. (Hint, hint, LOL)

Describe your desk.

My desk is an small, old dining table that needs a serious make over. I have an extra monitor to my right that I only use when making my covers. To my left is a paperback copy of Webster's dictionary that hasn't been opened since 2005. (Wow. That book used to be one of my can't be without tools, now it's only decoration.) My desk doubles as my craft table so there's E600 and hot glue stuck to it here and there. There's splattered paint and scratches. I tried to replace it once, but it didn't feel right. LOL.

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?

Number one, I'm a mom and a wife. I have three great kids and a wonderful husband, who do their job of driving me insane quiet well. LOL. I LOVE them more than anything on Earth.

I work  as a Culinary Specialist. (That's what they call lunch ladies these days.)  I love what I do even if there are days I don't want to go into work. It tires me out but there is nothing more fulfilling than giving one-hundred percent of my heart to a task.

I guess I would love to be able to leave work and depend solely on my writing income, but only because that would let me volunteer my time to the elderly. I'm a retired CNA and I would love to be able to sit and talk to the residents and do the fun activities with them that I rarely got to be a part of as a caregiver.

I have three amazing friends, that I consider the BEST. They know who they are. LOL. ( I Love you, Sisters.) I bet I spend at least three hours a day on the phone with them.

When I'm not at work or writing, I'm a graphic designer, dabble in acrylic paint, and do crafts. I'm a huge gamer - currently crazy about Sims 4, Cities Skylines, Planet Zoo, and Tropico.

Who are your favorite authors?

I have to say that V.C. Andrews is my favorite author. The older novels. Not so much the ones where  you can tell her notes ran out.

I also love Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Danielle Steele, J.K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, and of course Dani Healy, one of my best friends.

And I can't forget the favorites of my youth. S.E. Hinton, R.L. Stine, Francine Pascal, and Paul Zindel. I haven't read their books as an adult, but they are the reason why I love to read and write.

Do you listen to music when you write? What do you like?

Yes. I love to listen to music when I write. I listen to a range of music - almost everything but rap.

I'm a huge fan of 80's music, especially the love songs and ballads.

Music is a huge inspiration in my life. It calms me when I'm anxious, cheers me up when I'm sad, and I'm pretty sure it has influenced many romantic scenes in my books.

What do you like to watch on TV?

I'm a huge wrestling fan. I watch almost every time it's on. My favorites at this time are The Undertaker- always. Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and A.J. Styles.

I love to watch Rom-coms. My all time favorite move is Pretty Woman.( My husband does that groan everytime I turn it on. LOL)

I'm into Young Sheldon and The Good Doctor as far as newer shows go, but mostly for regular tv - I like to watch The Simpsons- Marathon style.

Did you always want to be a writer?

Oh, yes. I remember a middle school project. My english teacher told us to write a short story. I started writing the rough draft in a dollar store journal and it ended up being a whole book - probably novella size - I glued a construction paper cover on it, put my picture in the back- made it look like a real book (as much as I could, LOL) That's when I knew I wanted to write - or wrestle.