What motivates you to write? In daily conversation I often keep to the surface, and seek pleasant encounters. But I’m a deep thinker, and I question almost everything. Like many, my strongest beliefs don’t fall into simple delineations. There are always other points and personal experience to consider. For me, writing is the best place to work through new awareness. It feels natural to want to sort these things out, to seek the truth as best as we can understand it in our lives.
What are you most proud of in your personal life? My marriage. I grew up in a world of broken relationships. Now, I imagine growing old with my husband, that is something of miracle.
What book genre of books do you adore? Fantasy and Magical Realism. They give the best expression to the other layers of reality I believe exist.
How did you develop your writing? When I first considered writing a novel, I plunged onto the page. However, back then, I didn’t have the discipline to persevere or the ability to take critique and use it to help me grow in the craft of writing. So that book never got finished and I went off to songwriting, which I really enjoyed. I suspect the years that I spent studying music balanced the right and left sides of my brain, so when I came back to the novel, I was more comfortable with drawing from my imagination and focusing on my technique.
How much sleep do you need to be your best? I love sleep. I probably need at least 8 hours a day to be at my best, unfortunately, I rarely get that. Someday…some night…I’ll get enough sleep.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support? It would have been impossible to publish and continue writing without the intense support of my husband. He’s been with me every step of the way.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you? Creating stories, worlds, and characters that readers love. If you’ve done that, you’re a successful writer. If you’ve done that, it’s enough.
Tell us about your new book? The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy. Melia, the main character, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal. What’s it about? The story is about Melia’s journey to find the place where she belongs as she untangles her family legacy and takes on her own life challenges. True Love’s First Kiss is a compilation of the first three books in the series. Why did you write it? When my maternal grandmother passed away, I had a strong need to pass on what she’d given me. In The Queen of the Realm of Faerie, the spring faerie, Flora, is the character inspired by Grandma. Flora isn’t Grandma, but she is the essence of her, and the relationship she has with Melia transforms the half-faerie like my relationship with Grandma transformed me.
In the Enchanted World, true love’s first kiss is magic.
Nandana’s Mark, Book 1: When two half-faeries–Melia and her younger sister–are cursed under dreadful circumstances, true love’s first kiss is the remedy.
The Flower of Isbelline, Book 2: Nothing but true love’s first kiss can save Melia’s younger sister from blind ambition and ruin.
The Dragon Carnivale, Book 3: Melia must choose the freedom she cherishes or true love’s first kiss–and a relationship that promises to secure her place in the Whole.
The Queen of the Realm of Faerie is a fairy tale fantasy series that bridges the Mortal and Enchanted worlds. The main character, Melia, is an eighteen-year-old half-faerie, half-mortal.
When the story opens in the first book, Melia is troubled by her dark moon visions, gossip she overhears about her parents at the local market, and the trauma of living among full-blooded faeries with wings–she doesn’t have any.
As the series unfolds, the historic and mystical forces that shape Melia’s life are revealed. Each step of her journey–to find the place where she belongs–alters her perceptions about herself, deepens her relationships with others, and enlarges her world view.
True Love’s First Kiss is a compilation of the first three books in this ongoing series.
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Genre – Fantasy
Rating – PG
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