Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
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.
Tell us about your books.
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.
How did you go about getting published?
I tried to get published for years and finally a company led me along for a year before telling me no. I got so angry that I self-published on Amazon and I’m so glad I did. I have such a better deal with Amazon than I’d ever get with a publishing company.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
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 do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m a crazy cat lady and I’ve learned to just accept that. My cats pretty much run my life so it’s a good thing that I have a job that allows me to stay home and take care of them. Other than them, I love to go out to eat and shop. And I have an embarrassing addiction to Skylanders.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Phew, that’s hard. I was lucky and had a fan offer to do my covers for me. However, I do have an art background so when college became too much for her and she had to stop doing my covers, I was able to take over. My advice? Either pay someone good to do them or, if you happen to be an artist; learn digital art.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Carry business cards with you and take every opportunity that’s handed you, no matter how small it seems.
What’s your favorite book?
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
What are you reading now?
Maggie for Hire
What’s your next book project?
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.