Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born and raised in Hawaii. I didn’t see real snow till I was twenty and I’ve never seen the leaves change. Some people may find that strange or even sad but I’m grateful every day to wake up to sunshine and misty rainbows. As much as my home inspires me though, I’m not an obnoxiously cheerful person. I like dramatic stories with heroes who have depth and dark secrets motivating them and I tend to write that way. My dark heroines always have a sassy comedic side and perhaps that’s where Hawaii shines through. No matter what situation my character gets herself into, she faces it with bravado and a bit of snark. I like that. I want to be like that. A brave woman who rescues herself and laughs at the obstacles thrown her way.
I have three series out now; The award winning Godhunter Series, a paranormal romance about a witch who hunts gods for the good of mankind, The Beyond the Godhunter Series, a spin-off series featuring Godhunter characters, and The Twilight Court Series, a fantasy romance about a woman who monitors the fairies who live among us. All together, there are 25 books in those series and I have a few other stand alone books as well. All of my books feature strong women but I don’t ignore the men. I like my men just as strong as my women. I think they need to be in order to deal with my characters. No wimps here and no submissive males. That doesn’t do it for me and basically I write what I fantasize about. You can’t please everyone so it’s best to just make yourself happy and hope that others will appreciate it too. So far, it’s worked out pretty well for me.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book was Raven-Mocking, the third book in my Twilight Court Series. I’ve always had an interest in the Native Americans and I wanted to incorporate some of their myths into my books. The myth about raven mockers is rather gruesome but so are a lot of the original fairy myths. It seemed to be a perfect fit.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
It’s kind of insane but my characters talk in my head. They don’t actually speak to me but when I sit down to write, the scene starts to unfold in my mind and they just go off and do whatever they want. I generally have a plan for how I want the story to go but inevitably the characters alter the plan and I’m always surprised. I’ll have items or characters that I think are randomly introduced and then, a few books later, out comes their true purpose. I have no idea how it all works out and melds together but it does.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Terry Pratchett. He’s a British author, now sadly deceased, who wrote a series called The Discworld. It’s fantasy but not really my type of books, I like a little romance thrown in and his books are weak on that issue. Still, despite all that, he remains my favorite author because he is just that damn good. His characters aren’t just witty and easy to relate to, their enlightening and stimulating in an intellectual way. I’ve never laughed harder than when I’m reading a Pratchett book nor have I ever learned more from fiction. I’ve had to look words up and let me tell you, that doesn’t happen very often to me.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m writing two books at once. It sounds crazy but it had to be done. One’s the next book in my Godhunter Series and the other is the next book in the Godhunter spin-off series. They cross over a bit and so I had to write them at the same time to basically get my stories straight. It’s difficult but damn satisfying to have two books finished so close together.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I suppose it would be Facebook and my mailing list. I’ve been very lucky with my books and my fan base is what promotes me. I’d be dead in the water without them. Thank you, my wonderful Baby Godhunters!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Edit, edit, edit and then get someone else to edit. Your brain will actually fill in the correct word for you, so editing is the hardest part of writing. I get so embarrassed when someone points out a grammatical error in one of my books and I have to remind myself that even professional editors mess up and I’ve seen typos and errors in some big name books.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Create profiles on all the social media sites for your main character BEFORE you release a book.
What are you reading now?
It’s called Maggie for Hire and I love the heroine’s brash wit. I just wish the book were longer.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully Hollywood! LOL That’s the goal for all of us right? I’ve been told by several fans that they’d love to see my series on TV. Well, fingers crossed.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett