Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)
I’m a 30-something mom of three and married to my high school sweetheart. We recently moved to Idaho where I’m learning how to be a country gal. In addition to writing, I also play the piano, harp, and violin, and get in frequent fights with my cello. I love to read and play board games.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go?
I just started the outline for a story about a girl who is forced on a family trip to Greece (not that anyone would have to force me!) Of course disaster ensues and she finds herself being chased through the streets of Sparti with a Grecian boy she happens to detest. I’ve been dying to explore some of these locations with its ancient architecture and rich mythology. There is only so much I can glean from Google Earth so I’m trying to convince my husband that I need to see everything, including the beaches, to tell the story correctly. Never mind that the book isn’t set on a beach…
What is your favorite genre to read?
I love to read just about anything that has a romantic sub-plot. Classics, fantasy, paranormal, historical fiction, all of it! For me, the classic story of boy-meets-girl will never grow old.
What got you started on your writing journey?
I saw the movie “The Bucket List” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and was so fascinated with the idea of making a list of goals for myself. I put some pretty goofy things on my list– “ride a camel,” “kiss a frog,” but I also included goals that I knew would take more effort. When I scribbled “write a book,” I chuckled a little because I didn’t think it was something I could accomplish while chasing three small children. A few weeks later, an idea came to me that wouldn’t leave me alone, and in the spirit of checking off an item on my bucket list, I jotted it down. Before long, I found myself sneaking away to write more and soon realized I had a new passion in my life.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well?
I write clean romances because I like to read clean romances. My favorite stories are those that build up to a perfect first kiss, stories that make a reader stay up all night to find out if the characters they have fallen in love with will fall in love with each other.
What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year 2013?
I’m finishing edits for book two in the Incenaga Trilogy – THE UNDERGROUND WITCH, which is slated to be released in the spring of 2013. I’m also working on the final edits for a historical fiction set in ancient Egypt. It is a stand-alone about a young (very young) Pharaoh and his blond-hair, blue-eyed best friend. It’s a sweet, yet adventurous story.
Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?
I always love to hear when someone has stayed up all night to finish my book. It seems like the ultimate compliment to give an author and never fails to make me smile.
Please share about your book.
THE LAST WITCH is about a girl who not only discovers she is a witch, but her ability to choose has been taken from her. She is an Incenaga Witch and for generations they have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die.
Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?
As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.
But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?
I enjoyed writing the King in THE LAST WITCH. He is an old, blind man, but very optimistic about life, and quite the teaser. But I think my favorite character I’ve written so far is a creepy guy in book two – THE UNDERGROUND WITCH. He is a hand-to-hand assassin who literally doesn’t like to get his hands dirty. It’s an interesting combination and very fun to write!
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
THE LAST WITCH is set in a fairytale world where the witch isn’t always the “bad-guy” and the prince isn’t always the most eligible bachelor. With danger lurking around every corner, THE LAST WITCH is a romantic adventure you won’t forget.