1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I come from a rather ordinary suburban family, and grew up outside Denver, Colorado. These days, we’re scattered throughout the U.S., and I moved from Colorado to South Central, Texas, where I currently live, just over seven years ago. While I don’t miss the cold and the snow so much, I do miss Colorado and the one sister still living there. I hope to go back this Christmas.
2) How long have you been writing?
Technically? Since junior high school. I started writing stories with my favorite TV show characters, then eventually progressed to trying my hand at a novel in college. But I never tried publishing anything until the mid-90s or so, then began work on “In a Wolf’s Eyes” in ’98 or ’99. I went years without working on it, then in ’08 decided not to just finish it but get it published. Thus I have, as well as its sequel.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
My desk. I love huge, dark oak desks that surround me. I tried writing on my porch in nice weather with my iPad and it worked – sort of. My desk writing is much better, though. My thoughts are clearer for some odd reason.
4) Why did you decide to write In A Wolf's Eyes?
It’s a rewrite of my earlier versions from way back when. I changed the plot, the setting and the characters in all but name. I gave them new life and new dangers, a new story to tell and a better antagonist. I finally found my voice and, I hope, my own niche in the fantasy genre.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Can’t decide between Raine, my hero, and Ly’Tana my heroine. I often wish I could ride a horse as well as Ly’Tana, yet Raine is a guy I’d love to hang with. Rygel’s arrogance would rub me the wrong way, but he is a handsome devil and what a sense of humor!
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Oh, Brutal of course – my antagonist. He murdered a horse, for heaven’s sake. Naturally, I don’t like him. I can’t abide someone who mistreats a horse.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I do all my own editing until the publisher has it in hand. I go over my novels again and again, tweaking, fussing, adding foreshadowing, increasing the drama and/or descriptions, fixing errors in sentence structure, punctuation and everything else that goes into editing until it’s as perfect as I can make it. Then when I get the proofs back, I do it all – again, to make it as perfect a product as possible.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to spend time with my horses. I don’t ride as much as I should, but I still enjoy their company. I love to teach them stuff, and I also love it when they teach me something new. No, not tricks, but they teach me how to communicate with them, how to understand what motivates them (outside of food, that is), and why they do what they do. I love to watch them run and play, and just be horses.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
As that I still work a full-time job, write/market in my spare time and look after four horses and way too many cats, I haven’t had time to read much. I know I should make some time for it, as I love reading. My favorites are easy: Stephen King, Dick Francis, Tami Hoag, David Eddings, George RR Martin, Robert Jordan and a few others. I’m currently reading a non-fiction book: “Zen Mind, Zen Horse”. Usually non-fiction bores me silly, but this book is pretty cool.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Why do I choose to write in the first person narrative?
I choose it because it fits me. I can get inside my characters heads. I be them. Yes, I did try third person once upon a time. My writing was awkward, unconvincing, tentative and in general not very good. With the first person narrative my writing flows. I speak with their voices, I see what they see, feel what they feel and out comes the words. On Facebook last night, I saw one writer ask if the first person narrative was “rookie writing”. I don’t think so. Yes, perhaps a writer is limited on the scope of perspective. But a writer can also speak with a real voice, delve into a character’s mind and bring about a character a reader might really believe in. And root for.