I like to say I’m a loan specialist by day and a writer by night. I have four completed books and I am working on five and six!
I am an introvert and many find this surprising because I can be very out going. (I guess I am a high functioning introvert.) I would honestly rather be reading, writing, listening to music, or sitting by the water all by my lonesome. I am best when I am with a small group of really close friends or family.
I grew up in a big family…four girls and four boys. I’m thinking that may be why I like to be alone (big families can get overwhelming and alone time growing up was a treat)
Tell us about your latest book.
Nolan’s Evolution is the sequel to The Awakening. It’s a continuation of Nolan and Raina’s story. It’s truly about the evolution of all the characters from The Awakening, but mainly about the changes Nolan must go through…an acceptance of his immortality.
What do you have coming out in the future?
Well, I was working diligently on the third book to follow Nolan’s Evolution, but it was slow going. Not wanting to burn myself out on it, I decided to focus on a story that’s been teasing my imagination. I am hoping to get “What Remains” out and in the reader’s hands within the next few months! It’s just a sweet Contemporary novella, but it will be a great read!
Do you read the genre you write for or do you prefer other genres?
I write Contemporary Romance and Paranormal Romance and I love reading both. I have learned that I do like Horror and Crime as well, but mostly I am a romance girl.
Each will go through difficulty adjusting, but especially Nolan. For too long he has pushed aside his gifts, but they are about to be tested and he will have to choose which way he will go. As Raina experienced her awakening....Nolan must face his own evolution.
And there is more to his past than he has let on. He and Thanatos have been keeping secrets and they will do everything to keep that past from hurting Raina.
Oh, this is easy! Nolan would most definitely be Henry Cavill…no question! Raina? She’s harder to decide because she has so much of me in her character that I am nearly always in her shoes. The character of Thanatos? He would most def be Jensen Ackles from Supernatural. (Oh look, my paranormal preferences are showing!)
What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
The hardest part is finalizing the story! I have an issue with letting go of my characters. I just want their story to go on and on! Maybe that is why I am finding it so hard to finish book three of The Wake Up Series…I don’t want to let go!
What is the easiest part of the writing process for you?
Losing myself to the story and connecting with my characters. When I write it is like there is a movie playing in my head or a play of some sort. I see the opening scene and the ending scene chapter to chapter.
Who or what are your inspirations/influences?
My biggest influence to write did not come just from authors I admired or stories that I loved. My greatest influence to write, to create, to publish came from my Grandma (Monk) Mary Ellen McCullough. She pushed me all my life to make it happen. Without her encouragement, I would have given up.
Emotional…like me. I like to build upon my characters so that the reader has an emotional connection to them.
Do you have a careful plan when plotting your stories or do you just go with the flow?
I have to write an outline initially, but generally I go with the flow. I can be in the middle of a sentence and my character will change my mind for me. haha
With many publishing routes available today, which felt the most reliable to you when it came to the many choices?
I published independently but through Amazon KDP. I like having the control over my writing.
When did you know you truly wanted to give writing a shot?
I had been writing for years. I have notebooks, trappers, pages and pages of writings. I was scared to share them with anyone. I had a small few that I had allowed a peek say that I had to publish…which was encouraging.
It was not until my Papa passed away April of 2014 that I finally took a step. Him passing caused me to question my own mortality. What had I accomplished? How long did I have left? What am I leaving behind? Sounds morbid, but it lit a fire under me. I want to touch as many as I can with my writing and I want to leave my mark on the hearts of those it does.