I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind.
But I didn’t stay dead.
I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.
Targeted Age Group:: 15+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
The entire Crossing Death series resulted from two dreams that I combined into one story.
From Max the dog, to Madame Lucacious’ test on the hillside, to the Death Ring, to the surprise at the end of Book One, and even further on to the ending to the whole series, all of came to me in a dream. I played Edmund, and as a result all of his losses were mine. It was my family, my friends, and my childhood that were betrayed.
As a funny side note: in my dream I had died and come back so many times, and had visited so many “worlds,” that when my alarm went off and I didn’t have “the ring” on my finger I wasn’t sure if I was dead or alive, in the dream or out of the dream. I walked into a building where a friend of mine was standing, and asked her “can you see me!?” I wasn’t convinced that she could without the ring… Oops… that may have given something away about book 2 😉
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
I learned from my first novel, Façade of Shadows, to not base characters on people I knew. My editor at the time often circled entire scenes in red with the notation: “Characterization. YOU know why this person did such-and-such, but don’t forget your readers DON’T.”
Character motivation, because of my experience with that editor, became a big thing for me. I find that basing characters off real life people results in a flat characters because you don’t have to examine and pick apart the character’s flaws and virtues (or, if you do, the person you based the character on in real life ends up pretty angry with you at the end of the day!).
That said, all of my characters have traits I wish I had. I wish I had Nicholas’s confidence (and body! Ha). I wish I had Edmund’s wit, curiosity, and insider knowledge. I wish I had Xia’s fierce ability to love without condition. I wish I had Linda Rose’s darkness… oh wait… maybe I do!
I’ve often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age but if I were completely honest, I’d have to tell you my secret: I’m really 392.
So after all this time, I’m a pretty crappy writer.
I have two books published and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where’s the reason to rush?). I’ve been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen’s) papers.
I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.
Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don’t figure out who I REALLY am.
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