COULD YOU PLEASE SHARE THREE WORDS THAT DESCRIBE YOU?
Hmm that’s a hard one, but I’ll go with determined, loyal and entertaining.
PLEASE ORGANIZE THESE WORDS, PLACING THE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU FIRST AND BRIEFLY EXPLAIN YOUR REASON.
I am one who considers family/children/animals all one thing. I have three grown children and my other job is a veterinary nurse so I understand and believe that animals become family and are equally important as our human family. Love goes right along with the first three words. Sports, music and sex are also all equal though very different. They’re all important for health and well being.
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING?
I’ve been writing since I was little and made up stories in my head or talked about them. So I guess I’ve been writing since before I could actually write.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT NOW?
I’m finishing up book 5 of my Sentries series, Tethered Pair.
I’m also working on an urban fantasy series with Anne Barwell called The Sleepless City. Anne has just completed the first book, Shades of Sepia, and I’ll be finishing up book 2, Electric Candle in the next week or two.
WHICH CHARACTER IN YOUR BOOK(S) DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH, AND WHY?
I think I could identify with all my characters, or at least with a part of them. I did create them and every one of them has something, even if it’s very small, that comes directly from me. Nick in the Sentries series shares my love of coffee, for example.
SHARE THE NAMES OF A FEW AUTHORS WHO INSPIRE YOU.
Michio Kaku tops that list. He takes a confusing and sometimes dry subject and brings it to life—and he’s brilliant.
Glenda Larke because she’s cool.
Greg Bear because he writes such wonderful stories and isn’t afraid to do new things in them.
SHARE THE MUSIC/MUSICIANS THAT YOU LIKE AND HOW THEY ADD TO YOUR LIFE OR WRITING?
I like music, but unlike many authors I’m not a huge music expert. I’m mostly a classic rock fan and my ultimate favorite is Meatloaf.
IF YOU WEREN’T A WRITER, WHAT OTHER CAREER WOULD YOU CHOSE?
I do have another career, a veterinary nurse. I wouldn’t mind learning how to design websites.
SHARE A BRIEF EXCERPT FROM YOUR LATEST WORK WITH US.
This is from my current WIP, Tethered Pair , our heroes, Todd and Nick Ruger find themselves investigating some strange things on a riverboat. Todd is thrilled, Nick could have skipped this:
“Could you be anymore obnoxious about this?” Nick had a headache, a big one. It was roughly Todd sized.
Todd stopped in his tracks and pretended to be deep in thought before saying, “Yes.” Then he started walking toward the pier once more.
“Of course you could, what was I thinking?” Nick grumbled and trailed behind his mate, reminding himself yet again, that Todd was his world, the love of his life, his everything. Right now that everything was getting on Nick’s last nerve.
They were walking along the boardwalk leading to the pier. There was an absolute crush of people which was the other thing giving Nick’s nerves a serious jolt. Being around so many strangers was making him more irritable than Todd ever could. Their luggage had been taken right from the train they’d traveled south on to the section of pier where their riverboat was boarding passengers.
Todd had wanted to walk to get the full ‘experience’. Nick could have done without any experience just fine.
Nick had to admit his mate cut a very dashing figure in his crisp black suit, white shirt, narrow black tie with the silver clasp and wide-rim black hat. Glancing at the river, Nick wondered if he grabbed that hat and threw it just the right way if it would sail clear to the other side of the river.
“Oh, come on, we have to check this out before we board!” Todd grabbed Nick’s arm and hauled him along faster
It was the third vendor they just had to check out. Nick sighed and stood behind Todd as best he could while Todd looked over the selection this vendor showed off. At least it was weapons, guns and knives, so more interesting to Nick than the dice, fake luck charms and playing cards of the previous place. Todd tolerated Nick’s fascination with finding books everywhere they went, so it was only fair Nick returned the favor. He simply wished there weren’t so many people brushing by them.
When the proprietor gave Nick a sour glare, Nick puffed out an impatient breath, rolled his eyes and dropped to one knee, arms crossed over his other knee. He rubbed his temples while Todd chatted happily with the merchant.
“Oh, Nicky, look at this, it’s just like the one Jack James had.” Todd held a small gun with a pearl handle under Nick’s nose while Nick grumbled the words ‘just like Jack James’. “And check this out. It’s got the spring strap for under my jacket.”
“Are we hunting chipmunks now? Is it loaded?”
“Oh, right, good thought.” Todd turned to the proprietor, and asked, “Do you have bullets for it?”
“Damn, not loaded,” Nick muttered. “Probably doesn’t have enough power to pierce my skull anyway.”