On Writing...

When did you become a writer?

My mother would tell you that I became a writer as soon as I learned to write. I have boxes of construction-paper epics that she saved from my childhood, along with spiral-notebook story fragments from high school. In reality, I became a writer in college (when I began writing short stories to completion) or more specifically in 2002, when I wrote my first novel Infinite Loop.

When do you write?

Whenever I can! I currently work full-time as a web developer for a small company in Northern California, help raise a wonderful (and energetic) young son, and divide the rest of my time between various interests and obligations. However, writing is my driving passion and my partner is kind enough to help me steal time to sit down and do it.

Where did you get your ideas, inspiration, etc?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I recently read an article that linked being tired to creativity (a more uplifting article than the one which linked creativity to mental illness), and I do find that I get my best ideas when I’m a little sleepy. Many of my ideas have come to me while showering or driving to work in the morning, or just before I drop off to sleep at night. The general pattern seems to be that my best ideas come to me when I’m least equipped to write them down!

Who are your influences?

My favorite writers are Stephen King and Cormac McCarthy. Not exactly the kind of stuff I write, but those guys are incredible, and at times downright poetic, writers. When I was first beginning to write erotica, I drew a lot of inspiration from the lesbian romance author Radclyffe. These days I read all kinds of romantic and erotic fiction, both published and shared freely online. There are so many talented writers out there and I’m constantly learning from their work.

How much research do you do for each book?

It really depends on the book. I strive to make everything I write as realistic as possible (suspension of disbelief aside), so I try to research everything I might get wrong. I don’t hesitate to take creative license, but I like to get the details right. Sometimes I’ll do a half hour of research for something that will amount to a single sentence in the story.

What is your favorite thing about writing?

My mind is constantly busy telling stories. Before I started writing, I just played those stories out in my head for my own entertainment. I love that by writing these stories down, I can entertain other people, too.

About the Soul Bonded Trilogy...

When will Bond Tested:Book 2 & the Yet-to-be-named:Book 3 be released?

I happy to announce that Bond Tested is complete and I'm now working on last minute edits and plan to publish the book before the end of 2016.  Book 3 is already in progress and I hope to publish the final book in the trilogy in the first half of 2017.  

What was the most difficult part to write?

I imagined that the most difficult part for me would be the action once the sun went down, but that section of the book actually flowed nicely. It was exciting and sometimes that makes all the difference in the world when you’re writing. Honestly, the ending was the most difficult part to write. There were actually two versions of the final four chapters. I had written to the last chapter when I let my partner read what I had so far. She offered me some honest and helpful feedback, and I wound up rewriting the end significantly. The last chapter was written over the course of more than a week in which I was extremely busy with work, family obligations, and various other distractions. It was cobbled together a paragraph or two at a time. That was difficult!

What inspired you to write about a werewolf?

I was actually never a big reader of paranormal fiction, but after the paranormal explosion a few years ago, I realized how very entertaining these stories could be. I love watching True Blood and decided that having the ability to make up the rules about the world in which the characters live and fall in love is pretty damn cool. In the eternal debate about vampires vs. werewolves, I come down firmly on the side of werewolves. There’s something about that wild, untamed energy that gets me going every time.

Will there be a sequel?

I wrote Soul Bonded with every intention to follow it up with a sequel. In fact, I have three books planned to tell Katie and Rafe’s story. Assuming that there is interest, I hope to start work on a sequel soon.

How was Katie able to shoot so well?

Beyond having childhood experience combined with a natural ability, Katie’s shooting skill was bolstered by her bond with Rafe. Just as their connection enables Rafe to face daunting odds to protect his mate, it allows Katie to rise to the challenge of defending herself and the man she loves.