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BK: Looking out the nearest window, describe the scene you see.
Snowcapped peaks of the Wasatch mountains against a cloudless Utah sky.
BK: Tell us about your office. Is it a mess like mine, or is everything in its place?
Don’t really have an office. My favorite spot to write is at the living room table, right next to the fire, with Copper, my Coonhound, curled up under the table. He keeps my feet warm while I write.
BK: What is a must-have, such as coffee or a favorite pen, that you need to write?
My Macbook and a cup of tea with honey. And Copper. :)
BK: Do you like to write in silence, or do you need music or background noise?
I write in silence. I envision my scenes while listening to music.
BK: Tell us a bit about your hero/heroine, and their development.
In book one, Chalice, the main character, finds out who she is and about her world and her relation to it. The second is about her discovering the underground world and her powers, and then going on a journey to free some very important creatures. In the third book, Chalice finishes what she started and really pushes the envelope to the point where she finds herself in hot water.
As a character she is very stubborn, hot-headed, and impulsive, but she is also fiercely protective of the people she loves. She has an unbreakable sense of duty, and a cleverness that gets her out of difficult situations. Outwardly, Chalice is a beautiful girl and she knows it, but she doesn’t care. The only thing she really cares about is saving her world and the people in it, even if it means her own life.
BK: As a writer myself, I'm always curious how other writers get through stumble blocks. When you find a story not flowing, or a character trying to fight you, how do you correct it?
I usually put it aside for a while until the solution hits me and then I sit down and write it all out of my head before I forget it.
BK: Using the letters of your first name as an acronym, describe your book...
BK: How did your writing journey begin?
It began when my favorite author died in 2007. I’d been thinking of writing a story and had written pages and pages of notes about a story I was formulating years earlier. When I found out he had died, I sat down and began writing the Raie’Chaelia.
BK: Using the letters from the word, Summer, how would friends and family describe you?
BK: What is the craziest thing you've ever written about, whether it got published or not?
I wrote a silly poem when I was a teenager about my sister who was always gone from home because she was out partying with her friends. She was always in trouble for it, too. Unfortunately, I’ve lost the original copy of the poem, but I still remember some of it.
BK: Tell us one thing you've done in life, that readers would be most surprised to know.
I swam 8 miles across Lake Tahoe in 2009, which is very surprising given the shape I’m in now. :) Need to start a new exercise routine.
BK: What can we expect from you in the future?
I’ve had so many ideas for new books. Some came to me when I was finishing up The Raie’Chaelia. Whenever I get an idea for a new book, I write it down and put it in its own file folder on my computer, hoping to revisit it later. I have about 10+ folders like that, so I’m trying to choose which one to pursue first. Right now, it’s a toss up between a love story/fantasy set in the Old Norse world, a paranormal crime thriller, and a teen romance that deals with the serious issues of high school bullying and teen suicide.
This or That...
Coke or Pepsi?
Night Owl or Early Bird?
Fantasy or Mystery?
Pen/Paper or Computer?
Pizza or Burger?
Rock or Country?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Beach or Mountains?
Thank you so much for having us as one of your stops today. It has been great getting to know more about you and your book, and wish you the best of success!
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