A warm welcome during a freezing winter to Hurri Cosmo!
Actually this idea developed over a couple of years. It is pretty complex for me and so long it ended up being split into two books, each over 65,000 words. I do tend to ramble. J What I think is fun about this question and happy that it was asked is it’s kind of fun for me to say (this is going to sound strange) I ‘wrote’ this story mostly during mowing lawns. Certainly mowing lawns is not a quiet time but it was a very alone time for me and allowed me to solve problems and do time lines in my head without interruption. It came forth in snippets and ideas saved all over my computer and when I finally sat down to pull them together I suddenly had this long, long story. I have always written, always wanted to be a published author, but this was only the second time I had finished an actual full length novel. It was a lot of work, especially when I had to split it since I had to rewrite the second one to be a stand alone, but I am proud of this story and do hope others will like it.
In The One Hunter is handcuffed to Tome as he attempts to save the world. This is an enemies to lovers story of a sort. Was the handcuff aspect to add sexual tension (for Hunter, at least, since Tome is nearly sexually harassing the guy!) or for the action aspect?
Originally I wanted some kind of sexy thing to happen with those cuffs but it didn’t work out that way. I know it has to happen to all authors but I truly love it when a story simply writes itself. For instance, the ‘swallowing the key’ thing happened as a surprise to me. And so often times I hit some sort of a wall or need to solve a problem, only to find out the characters have already ‘solved’ it earlier in the story, I just have to look for it. Even if I have a laid out plan of where the story is supposed to go, once the characters take over I have to let them handle it. Tome swallowing the key was truly his idea. Same thing with those handcuffs. Even though I started out intending something sexy happening with them, unfortunately nothing did. Their choice.
In Until You, Asher is nearly raped more than once. Was this difficult to write? It was. I let it get pretty violent with Asher and I don’t think I have allowed that since. But it was the nature of these characters as well and I thought important to the story line. Silver sends their authors books through three major edits. When Until You got to the third editor, he warned me that one scene just might be too much. I did honestly look at it and tried to imagine having the attack less violent or even have it happen off page but I chose to let it stay as is. I don’t think I regret it yet.
In Distant Thunder, Sam and Brandon meet online. Do you have any real life friends you’ve met online? Oh yeah, which is exactly where this story comes from. I did the “Sam” thing and allowed some people to believe I was a guy. So stupid. It was fun pretending to be this completely different person but I have to say it did get me into some trouble. I finally abandoned a chat due to that very thing.
Which is easier for you to write? M/M books or M/F? M/M by far. For the moment anyway. I love this genre. I love writing it and reading it. I have this incredible list of books I want to buy but the lack of money makes me be patient. I do read other genre too but tend to gravitate to M/M.
Are there any genres you would never write? Anything you absolutely won’t read? The first novel I wrote (unpublished at the moment) has a working title, The Third Journal, which is a cross between contemporary and Sci-Fi. My first short stories were thriller/horror. I dream about writing a “buddy” novel someday about the three kings who are traveling together following a star to find the baby Savior. I love Robert Ludlum, Anne McCafferty, and Steven King. Probably the only genre I wouldn’t have a ton of interest in is Young Adult.
What is your favorite romantic story? Kathleen Woodiwiss The Flame and the Flower. I have to say it was one of those that I was pretty sure I was going to throw across the room before I even reached the halfway point. I hated the way Heather was treated in the beginning but it made the happily ever after that much more beautiful. Not for everyone, I admit, but I really did love the book.
What are you afraid of? Many things. However, the one thing that probably immobilizes me the most, is my fear of rejection or fear of disappointing people. Being an author is not a good thing to be, having that kind of fear. Of course, being anything, a daughter, a wife, a mother, a friend, even an employee, that kind of fear can be debilitating. Can you be brave and overcome it? Yes but I don’t know how. You would think with all the ‘hits’ I have taken, not only on Goodreads but in my life, it would have desensitize me to all of that but I think the only thing it has done is make me more fearful.
What would be your ideal meal? Spaghetti and meatballs. And garlic bread. And wine. Red wine. And chocolate.
Who would be your dream writing partner? I love so many authors like Kim Dare, Mary Calmes, SJD Peterson, Sean Michael, Edward Kendrick, it would be hard to pick just one. I could learn so much from every one of these amazing talented people.
Do you choose books by the covers? What about your own books, do you have input as to the covers?
I think covers are incredibly important. A bad cover will not prevent me from reading a book if the blurb sounds interesting to me and the excerpt (if there is one) is well written. And honestly if I don’t like a certain author for whatever reason even a fantastic cover won’t make me change my mind about reading it. Although the EBook industry looks at a book cover a whole lot differently than a physical book, (I don’t have any “Hurri Cosmo” physical books yet) I think a great book needs a great cover too. I am so very blessed to be with Silver and therefore have my covers created by Reese Dante. She is freaking amazing! And yes, I do have say. Basically I write out my dream cover and then Reese does her magic even if she tells me there is a limitation with what she has to work with. I understand that to be true since even though the data base is vast, there are only so many available poses and so many available faces. But even so, she can make some amazing things happen. I have yet to see her stumped.
What do you have upcoming? Tons. Right now “Saving Jack” is set for March, which is about a young man on the run from his abusive x-lover and runs right into the arms of a small town Chief of Police. “How West Was Won” is coming out in April which was a special cowboy themed call from Silver. Plus “The Servant King”, the second book of Ice Dragon Tales and the conclusion of The Servant Prince, is set for May. Work in progress? I have a free read coming up called “Dragon for Hire” about a dragon shifter, A wolf shifter series called “The Ghost Wolf Chronicles”, I started the next book in the series “Captains of the Wolf”, and a couple of contemporary ones I am working on, too, a chase and capture short called “Capturing Camden” and another called H.E.L.P. which stands for Highway Emergency Local Patrol. I have a couple of Sci-fi ones as well, one called “In a Flash”, an end-of-the-world story, and another called “Black Dog Rising”, a demon based story. I even have a completed sequel to Until You. Like I said, tons.
Short bio, please!
I live in Minnesota where I am holding tight to the idea that here, where it’s cold a good part of the year, I won’t age as fast. Yep, I avoid the truth as much as I avoid mirrors. But one of the reasons I love writing is reality doesn’t always offer up a ‘happily ever after’ and being able to take control of that is a powerful lure. Being a happy ending junkie, writing just makes them easier to find. Oh, I don’t mind ‘real life’ and I do try to at least keep it in mind when I write my stories but I truly love creating a wonderful couple, knowing they are going to fall in love and have their HEA. Every time. And of course that is exactly the reason I love reading this genre too. Give me a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate and my computer, whether I am reading or writing, and I can entertain myself for hours. The fact I actually get paid to do it is Snickers bars on the frosting on the cake.