Introduce us to the main characters:
Joop is the quiet wall flower you see at a party, but really don’t see. The person that wishes he was more outgoing and social, but being a scientific genius and the fact that his beaver he shifted into kept him from being a sleek, six packed man…well he had come to the realization he was meant to stay in the lab alone and lonely. That is until he met his life mate….The Gods were good to him! or so he thought…until he was rejected
Kahn was the leader of his vampire coven and like other members of his coven, Kahn wanted to find his Dragoste, his life mate. However, never would he have thought, when he did, it would be a man. He was shocked and reacted poorly, during a paranormal conference, causing his Dragoste to disappear from his life.
How do these two meet?
Joop had agreed to help out one of his best friends during a paranormal conference. He was to speak to differing paranormals about genetic studies he and his buddies had been working on. However, when he entered the room, he scented his mate. Seeing the man of his dreams talking to some men as he looked around the room, Joop just knew he was looking for him and yelled out “You’re my mate!”. Instead of welcoming Joop with open arms, he was rejected.
Kahn knew he had screwed up and, with his covens help, they searched and finally found his Dragoste at the Mating Games. It’s just a shame that it took them being kidnapped to finally get a chance to talk.
How would you characterize their relationship in one word answers, start, middle and end? Unassuming
What three words would you use to describe this story?
Thrilling, Funny, and Special
How much real life do you put into or influences your books?
Locations I find all around me. Whether it was in New Mexico or different places I’ve seen since coming into Canada…I see a location and a story starts to form. For example In MYSTIC the Chateau Montebello is real (and beautiful!), Dripping Springs, in Iphicles is very real, and the Mating Games series came to me from a piece of land I pass every time I go into town or check the mail…hahaha…However, the people…they are more built on characteristics I see in people I meet and like or don’t like.
Issues the stories come across are often real. For example, in Perseus, the skin disorders and treatments are real. In Poseidon, pollution to the waters is real and the agencies trying to help with the problem are real. The underground tunnels in Joop…well those stories and the reasoning for them are real. I always try and put real issues into my stories.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Description of rooms. When I read, I love to picture the room in my own mind. For example, when I hear the word Olympus…I think Gold pillars and Greek architecture with ivy surrounded by clouds and golden statues….however, someone else may have a completely different look to it in their mind and if I describe it my way it might not work for the reader and now they have a problem with the story. In other words my description can make the story unbelievable in their eyes. So I need to describe it, but leave enough room for the reader as well…if that makes sense.
What are your current projects? I have quite a few…I am currently working on the next CAPULET book, MYSTIC is talking to me and I am also working on the fourth of The Mating Game series.
How do you go about choosing the title for your book(s)?
OMG I find Titles for books HARD. For the Mating Games series I used penalties in Football (my favorite sport), Hercules…I went by who’s story was to be told next, MYSTIC…well honestly I got help from a friend. When I struggle with naming a book I think really hard about what it’s saying and if I still can’t find a name…well I reach out to fellow authors and readers…they are wonderful to me!
Which of your books is your favorite and why?
I am asked this question all the time and every book I write makes it more and more difficult to answer. I usually go with the standard one that is very true…HERCULES is special to me because it was the first book I ever wrote. However, Ryker’s Aquamate….I really loved writing that book…then there is CAPULET…so magical and colorful …it makes me smile just walking through the woods…then let’s not forget The Mating Games, my first self published series…so many special books I find it hard to choose…But HERCULES will always be the first and most special to me.
What would you want to tell your readers?
Thank you! I have longed dreamed of being a writer. I thought that I had given up this dream when I had to give up college to care for my mother, with cancer, and my grandmother, who had a stroke. I thought that with all the years that passed and raising my two sons alone, meant that my dream was forever gone. Then I almost died and as I laid in that hospital bed, I thought about where I was and who I was and I made a choice. I gave up the work I had done for almost 30 years and accepted that my children were now men and ready to lead their own lives. It was my turn. It was finally time for me to realize my dream.
I was afraid and excited at the same time. Then Hercules came out and the readers accepted me. With each book I write and you read, you make my dream come alive and there is honestly no greater gift…so THANK YOU!