I began writing poems when I was around 6 or 7 and then I began writing 2000 page hand written novels when I was around 12. They were hideous, of course, but you gotta start somewhere!
2) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Outside in the woods or on the porch, if I’m handwriting. On the couch, with the TV on low and Twilight movies playing, or in my bed when I’m on my laptop.
3) Why did you decide to write Gemini Rising?
My inspiration was Twilight and the Host but I also wanted to create something that would speak to the younger generation in a healthy way. I wanted to have romance but or the kind that takes over your soul and makes you feel like you’re nothing without each other. Violette and Onyx are crazily attracted to each other but they don’t reek of co-dependency like Edward and Bella. It was just after New Moon had been released and I started thinking about how could supersede vampires and werewolves and come up with an entirely different creature that was faster, stronger, sexier and who’s existence more meaningful.
4) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love Onyx because he is so sweet, yet so mean at the same time. He is constantly at war with himself and struggling with his own conscience. When he feels something, it is extreme. He also has a lot in common with Edward Cullen, my fantasy husband. However, he has a stronger and more pronounced personality.
5) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
The Bishop is my least favorite because he is a bully at heart. He just wants power and control and to hell with whoever he hurts in the process of getting it.
6) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I edit and proofread many times and then I send it to my editor. I know she will slice and dice it anyway she sees fit, but I try to save her some of the headache. Apparently I can be a little too “wordy” sometimes. Imagine that!
7) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I like to read, run, exercise, eat, sleep, take baths, chill with my teenager and I am also a movie junkie in the winter.
8) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I guess my all-time favorite has to be Stephen King. He is the one that can take me through the spectrum of emotions the fastest and most consistently. Fear, anger, sadness, he can hit them all. He really expands my imagination as well and the pictures he can paint in my mind are so vivid!
9) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Boy, this is a hard one… here goes- “Why doesn’t mother earth just wipe out the human race by herself? Why does she need the Gemini at all?”
I’m prepared for this one… “Because she is slightly sadistic and being able to avenge her destruction by forcing us to kill our own kind is her idea of perfect retribution and revenge. If you were attacked and tortured for thousands of years, would you want to go easy on your captors and just kill them, or would you want them to suffer a little first?” A personal choice for sure!