1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I currently live in southern Utah with my husband and kids. I have about a million (not really, but seems that way) nephews and nieces that I adore and love to spend my free time with. I’m a military brat who also joined the military and am married to a Marine (once a Marine, always a Marine). When I got out of the service I went to school full time and now own an editing service catering to Indie authors. I love to learn and would be a career student if I could.
2) How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing all my life, but I’ve only just been writing literature for the past few years. I used to win countless poetry contests as a kid and then, even after college (because I’m a dork), I like research and give myself topics to study and write about.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Not really. I just typically write at my desk. Sometimes I write on my couch for a change of scenery.
4) Why did you decide to write Lunangelique?
I have no idea. Lol! I just sat down one day and wrote and wrote. Nine days later, I had a book. A couple months later, I did the same thing and then I had two books, followed immediately by a third. It’s an addiction.
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love Lexi because she’s not your typical heroine. Most books today have naïve, dependent, self-conscious females with the guy that swoops in and saves them. I wanted the opposite of that for my character. Lexi is a good friend, she’s confident, independent, and isn’t afraid of anything. She knows what she wants and takes charge.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
Patryck. He comes across as a hero. Picking up the pieces, giving a lending ear, trying to sooth Lexi’s pain. However, he’s a manipulative, lying scumbag. He’s a status climber that just wants to be in the leader’s good graces.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I try both, but I just can’t read my own work. Every time I go to proofread, I start changing the story or adding to it. I finally have to give it to my editor and never look at it again. They were so much fun to write and I don’t want to change that experience by regretting how I wrote something.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading. Lol! Books are my life. I write, I edit, I read. I don’t watch TV; I just can’t sit still enough and turn my brain off to enjoy television. Books are so much more enjoyable. On the weekends, when the weather is right, I go on long hikes with my family. During the summer, we are always outside at the pool.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
Oh, I read. I think I’ve read close to 350 books this year alone, and that’s not counting the books I’ve reread. Lol! I love Steven Saylor, Abbi Glines, H.M. Ward (God, her books are addicting!), and this year I’ve discovered Sylvain Reynard, S.C. Stephens, A. Meredith Walters, C.J. Roberts…I can’t name all my favorites. There are just too many.
10) What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.
Why mix mythology and religion?
Mythology has been a passion of mine since I was a little girl. I love the stories, I love how so much of the mythologies are the same (except for Roman, which was a rip-off from Greek), I love how a lot of the characters were actual historical figures, which makes you wonder how much more truth there is.
I really believe that, though maybe not the supernatural aspects, there are a lot of truths to the mythologies. Was Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Poseidon, Hades, etc. real people? Possibly. Why not? Maybe they were illustrious figures that left such an impression doing outrageous deeds that their stories were spun into these fantastical tales we have today.
Take Cadmus, for example. He was known as the creditor to the Phoenician Alphabet, which later was adapted to the Greek Alphabet. Why not, right? Someone had to do it. Or how about these Greek mythology personas: Libya, Memphis, Aegyptus, Europa, Sparta, and the list could go on and on. These are all names of places. According to myth, these places were named after the people. So the question is what came first; the place or the name?
Mythology was used as a history lesson no less than 2000 years ago, until the birth of Christianity. Even with the growth of the Catholic Church, Saints appeared with the same supernatural aspects and similar stories of the ancient mythological gods. Again, I’ll take Cadmus for example. He supposedly fought off a dragon; Saint George fought a dragon. Just one example. We still use these tales today, not as a history lesson, but as a morals lesson. There is still something about mythology today that seems important to teach in our schools.
In Lunangelique, I merge mythology and religion as it’s merged throughout the years. If it’s possible to believe any one deity existence (God), then who is to say they can’t all exists? This is what I’m trying to impart in my writings.
Oh, and this is coming from a Catholic, so those who may be offended by assuming I’m trying to dissent Religion would be wrong. I’m just open to possibilities.