Questions & Answers

Q. What was the first book you read that inspired you to become a writer?

A. I know it may sound cliche, but “Interview of the Vampire” by Anne Rice.

Q. Did you try the traditional publishing route before going indie and if so, what was that experience like?
A. I skipped the traditional publishing route. I’ve been wanting to publish as an Indie author for a few years now. Once I had a writing instructor tell me she thought I could turn the short story I wrote for class into a novel, I haven’t looked back.

Q. Besides the genre you currently write in, what other genre would you like to try?
A. Romance or Science Fiction

Q. What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
A. Imagination, solid characters, and dialogue that flows effortlessly.

Q. What discipline do you impose on yourself regarding schedules, goals, etc.?
A. I’ve decided I’m going to write a novel each year for the next three years.

Q. Dogs or cats?
A. 2 cats and 1 dog, so really both 🙂

Q. Do you think people DO judge books by their cover?
A. Sure, and by the title too. I wanted something catchy and intriguing. When I discovered that a novel named “The Vampire from Hell” hadn’t been written yet, I went for it.

Q. What’s the best and worst things about being an author?
A. The Best – Publishing stories that other people want to read.
The Worst – Coming up with ideas and not having a view of the ocean while I write.

Q. What are you working on right now?
A. “A Vampire among Angels” – the second installment of the Vampire from Hell series.

Q. Besides writing, what other hobbies or interests do you have?
A. Photography, Yoga, Skarsgarding, and Reading

Q. What is Rayea running away from (literally or figuratively)?
A. Rayea is really running from her definition of who she sees herself as being when she is with her family. She loathes her father, Satan and her sister, Stephanie because they are just not nice people. Rayea wants to define who she is as a person and a vampire and move on.

Q. What is the theme at the heart of your Vampire from Hell series?
A. For me, the theme is overcoming one’s obstacles no matter what they are. It’s about having the confidence to step forward, accomplish what you want to accomplish, even if you aren’t sure at the moment that you can succeed, but still trying and ultimately realizing your potential or your dreams.

In the Vampire from Hell series, Rayea struggles with letting fear affect her and becoming a confident person. She’s quite capable as a vampire to defeat her enemies, but sometimes she has her doubts in her skills. She doesn’t trust people very easily because of her past. She struggles with opening her heart up to love and finding someone she truly wants to be with, so “living happily-ever-after” is going to be quite a feat for Rayea if it does indeed happen for her.

Q. What message do you hope readers take away from this series?
A. It may sound grandiose, but really it comes down to ” don’t let fear stop you.” If there is something you want to accomplish in your life, set your sights on it, don’t take no for an answer, and go for it. That’s it. That’s what I want readers to take away from my stories, especially this series, the Vampire from Hell. It’s the whole reason I’m now writing.

I struggled for many years to write. I wanted to write vampire stories, but I just didn’t think I had anything to say that anyone would want to read. I struggled with a lot of self-doubt. I didn’t trust in my own abilities. Finally I threw caution to the wind in September 2011, took a short story class, wrote a twenty-page short story that became “The Vampire from Hell (Part 1) – The Beginning,” and got it published. When I offered it as a free download on Amazon and saw how many times a week it was being downloaded and got emails from readers saying they wanted to learn more about Rayea’s story, I decided to step into the writing arena and go for it.

Q. What inspires you to write?
A. Despite still having a full time job writing online lessons for clients, I get up in the morning early and write. That’s why this series is being released in installments or parts, so I can keep sending out Rayea’s story to readers. When it first started, I wrote for myself. Now I write because I want to share Rayea’s story with my readers. They want to know more about her and her adventures, so that’s what keeps me going.

Q. Do your stories tend to be character driven or plot driven?
A. That’s a good question. I’m not totally sure. I think really they are character driven. Rayea in the Vampire from Hell is driving this story. I sit down to the computer and we have a big discussion about what I want to say and about what she wants to tell her “online friends” as she calls them. She’s writing each installment as an article for her blog, so we have to make sure it all lines up together…if that makes sense. 🙂

Q. What inspired you to write the “Vampire from Hell” series?
A. After reading vampire fiction for many years, I grew tired of the same themes and plots. That’s when I decided to write my own paranormal romance. I thought what if a Satan turned one of his daughters into a vampire in Hell? And what if she was a fan of mankind, not interested in his quest for world domination? What would she be like? Meet Rayea. Oddly enough this idea hit me when I bought this t-shirt at Wal-Mart. Zombie Vampires from Hell! Here’s a photo of the front of the t-shirt.

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