1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I’m an only child who grew up with a single parent but a loving extended family. I grew up in CT, lived in PA and AZ, then moved back to CT. I was married until recently and my only children are my cats, which have doubled to four now that I’m back in CT.
2) How long have you been writing?
I started writing fan fiction in high school and quickly moved to trying my hand at writing in my own worlds. By the time I went to college, I’d written three novels. I started writing a new series when I was a Senior in college and it was the completion of this series (about a year out of college) that made me realize that writing was really what I wanted to do with my life.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Not particularly. I can write anywhere so long as there are no televisions, my laptop is at a comfortable level for me to write at, and the lighting and temperature are appropriate.
4) Why did you decide to write For Your Heart?
I’ve always been a fan of the Ballad of Tam Lin, though the idea to write a retelling didn’t happen until I heard a band called Tricky Pixie play their version of Tam Lin. For whatever reason, that version kindled a plot-bunny in my brain.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
That’s tough. My bestie says that Jeanette is the most like us out of all of the characters I’ve written so far and Tamrin’s a load of hot stuff that you just want to save from himself, but honestly, I think Mushroom Woman is my favorite out of all those characters. She’s such a subtle secondary character…maybe I just like her because I already know all her secrets…the one’s you won’t find out unless you read like ten books in, LOL. But trust me, she’s a load of awesomesauce.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
I hated Celeste at first. When you read the book and get to chapter 49, you’ll find something out about her. That wasn’t in there originally. Originally, I was looking at her through Jeanette’s eyes, not understanding why she’d become such a bitch. And then Celeste’s character came and talked to me. Obviously, that changed my opinion of her quite a bit. Other than that, I don’t hate any of the characters, not even Roxel. She’s that way for a reason too. *shrugs* I’m too understanding or something, LOL.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do most of my own proofing and editing. I rely on my betas to catch any grammar and plot problems that I don’t manage to see. FOR YOUR HEART was the first of my pieces that I ever had professionally edited and thankfully, I didn’t need to change too much. Hooray, my English degree means something!
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Read, watch tv, hang out with friends and family. I like to go for long drives and trips to cool old towns. I check out interesting little shops, go to flea markets and antique shops, take pictures of cool architecture, go to museums and estate parks. I also go to a lot of fandom conventions. When the weather is warmer I go to a lot of festivals and fairs. One of my favorites is the Highland Festival at Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I love Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series, Brent Weeks Dark Angel Trilogy, Carrie Ryan’s Forest of Hands and Teeth series, a bunch of Maggie Stiefvater’s stuff, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, Above by Leah Bobet, and many more. It’s not hard to please me, LOL
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
I keep wanting someone to ask me what the characters look like because you know, I’ve got a while Hill Dwellers pinterest board, LOL. But these are my two inspiration pics for Tam and Jean.
Imagine Tamrin looking something like this (minus the freckles):
And this one is exactly what I think of when I think of Jeanette. Just no nose ring.
YA Paranormal Romance
Date Published: 10/31/2013
Experience THE BALLAD OF TAM LIN like you’ve never read it before…
It has been seven years since Jeanette Sauderheim followed her best friend into Carver Hall Park...and came out alone. Jeanette has never gotten over his mysterious disappearance nor has she gone back into the park. While that traumatic night still haunts her, Jeanette distracts herself by balancing her time between trying to pass Spanish, hanging out with her friends, and reading the latest manga.
But, when a promise to a friend drives her back into the park, she's forced to re-live the memories of that night. Lost and confused, Jeanette crosses paths with Tamrin, whose violent reaction to her provides yet another reason to avoid the park.
Tamrin, a knight of the Summer Court, has been sent to Earth to guard a garden of roses that hold special meaning to the queen of the Summer faeries. When his distraction at meeting Jeanette leads to her picking one of the Summer Queen’s roses, Tamrin vows to right his failure to do his duty.
However, the equivalent of one of the queen’s roses is a human heart and Tamrin’s reluctance to readily exact the sum from Jeanette sets in motion a spiral of love, betrayal, and magic that could mean damnation for them both.
*This is an Upper YA paranormal romance novel with NA and contemporary fantasy appeal.