Tell us about your book. What is it about and why did you write it?
Open Door is about making choices and the reasons for making them. In some ways, it’s about not just accepting what’s given to you because you feel you have no choice. I get to develop that idea more in book two and three of the series, but Open Door sets up those issues. I wrote the book because my daughters were reading Young Adult fiction and I wanted to write in that genre. I did not, however, want to write about vampires. I’d always liked traditional, gothic tales about rambling mansions and supernatural forces, so I developed an idea along those lines.
When you are not writing, how do you like to relax?
I love a good movie, like Side Effects or The King’s Speech. I also enjoy following a great TV series. Right now, we love “Under the Dome.” Watching “Hemlock Grove” on Netflix was great, too. But Mike and I still have young children, so some weekends we just have a wonderful time hanging out at the Little Rock Zoo or the River Market.
How do you feel about websites like Facebook and twitter? Are they a good thing?
The internet is a wonderful thing, and twitter and Facebook have opened doors for me that I never could have found otherwise. I cannot imagine what it might have been like to be able to just go one Facebook, like an author’s page, and interact with her there. What a thrill that would have been for me as a kid!
How do you think people perceive writers?
This always makes me laugh, because when I was just out of college and people heard I was writing a book, sometimes they would ask, “Am I in it?!” like they feared I would come out with the next Peyton Place. The following response, after I reassured them that no, they were not in it, was often, “You know, I’ve always wanted to write a book.” So I guess that I think most people see writing as something they could do if only they had the time. And, I think it sometimes makes people a little nervous to be around those who actually make the time.
What’s your next project?
I wrote a novel for adults that I’m describing as women’s fiction and magic realism. Right now I’m revising the final book in the Legacy trilogy. After all that, I want to do a Young Adult mystery series.
ENTRANCING OPPORTUNITIES BECKON A YOUNG GIRL…
It’s 1987, and 16-year-old Carin White desperately needs her first job. An elegant woman she’s never met appears at her door offering employment. “Aunt” Helen asks Carin to work for her on the family’s rambling, enigmatic estate in the tiny resort town of Eureka Springs.
IN A WORLD WHERE NOTHING IS AS IT SEEMS…
Carin enjoys her work and falls in love with the beautiful Mallace Mansion. But a brutal assault forces Carin to confront her own capacity for violence. Carin learns her mother concealed her identity from her, and the mansion hides horrific secrets of its own.
AND ONLY LOVE CAN SAVE HER.
Carin exposes the true reason she was asked to summer on the estate. Will she be strong enough to recognize love and redeem her family legacy? Or will the temptations of power and control lure her to the same dark places where others lost themselves?
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Genre – Young Adult
Rating – PG/PG13