1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in Upstate New York, which has a rich paranormal history, so the seeds were sown early. I have a brother and three sisters, and my parents were wonderful. They always encouraged us to learn and nurtured our talents. I work for a family foundation composed of incredibly generous philanthropists. They sponsor so many different programs. One of them is Zara’s Center, a school for AIDS-impacted orphans in Zimbabwe. I’m donating all the profits from my upcoming novella Shell and Shadow to them.
2) How long have you been writing?
Since the first book was put into my hands. I scribbled in all of my books. I was telling stories that no one could understand! But since the writing made sense? I was about seven when The Adventures of Dusty the Fairy was launched.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
I have to be indoors, at my desk. I’m not one of those authors who can sit in Starbuck’s or bask in the sunshine on a beautiful day. Firstly, I don’t have a laptop! Secondly, I can’t concentrate unless I’m in silence. I’m too easily distracted!
4) Why did you decide to write Fire and Shadow?
I wrote Fire and Shadow because people liked my first novel, Soul and Shadow, so much. I didn’t intend for it to be a series, but I got such nice reviews and fan mail that I wanted to give people more.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love Stephen, my main character’s ex. Lots of my readers want him out of Lily’s life, but I understand why he’s the way he is and he is such a reliable, good-hearted man. The things he does for her!
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I don’t care for Yvette. She’s arrogant and there’s something forbidding about her.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I proofread and edit as I go along. That’s why it takes me approximately a century to get a novel finished. After I’ve read it at least 200 times, it goes off to the team of editors at Imajin Books. If it’s being self-published, I still use a professional editor. The importance of that cannot be overstated. It’s one of the top standards by which people will judge your book.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Listen to music, walk in old cemeteries, spend time with friends, read. It’s a complete fabrication that I’m addicted to computer solitaire!
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I used to read voraciously until I became a full time author. Now, between working, writing, research and marketing, not to mention social media, I don’t have a lot of free time. I like science and archaeology so I search out those articles online. And I subscribe to history and archaeology magazines. I do always keep up with Phillippa Gregory and anything she’s written.
10) Do you ever find that people judge you by your books?
Yes. In the same way that it can be hard to separate an actor from a role he plays, some people assume that my characters reflect me. But I don’t have psychic powers, see ghosts, or bond with spirits from the past! I’m fascinated by the paranormal, but I also have a healthy amount of skepticism.