I’m married for 22 years and the proud mamma to three dogs. I’ve published three books. I love werewolves so my books revolve around them. I write horror/thriller/splatterpunk; my books are explicit in everything from sex to killing. I write what I like to read. I enjoy reading, movies, shopping with my mother, and benchrest shooting.
Welcome to Wolfcreek. Werewolves are both neighbors and law enforcement. Ted could use a vacation. Life’s been rough since the horrific events in Vengeance of the Werewolf. He loves hunting. A trip to Alaska on a full guided hunt guarantees Ted will feel human again. Otherwise, who knows what could happen if he can’t keep his wolf in check. Extreme violence and gore.
What is your genre, and why did you choose this genre?
I write horror/thriller/splatterpunk. I enjoy reading these genres, and I love werewolves. I am toying with erotica. I’ve submitted a short story to a publisher hoping to land a contract.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What happened?
I’ve wanted to write since childhood. I did write a lot in my school years. Then I grew up and forgot about my dream. About four years ago, my husband and I created our own business, and I left my job to help with the business and write full time.
Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you think it makes you a better writer?
I’m an introvert. I like going out and going shopping to new places, but I hate anything that involves me having to socialize with anybody. This extends to family events, as well. I think family events are the worst. Introverts have a tendency to sit back and watch the crowd, so they might be better writers.
What were your favorite books as a child?
I loved all the Little Critter books, Farm Journal, a book published long ago called Ada The Ayrshire, Choose Your Own Adventure, and just about all the Tor Horror books.
What are your favorite books as an adult?
That’s easy, Harry Potter. I love those books like nothing else. I also really love Snuff by Eric Enck and the Bartimaeus books by Jonathan Stroud. JK Brandon’s Howl Series is another I love.
What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far as a writer?
Each published book makes it feel more real. I do have my books edited by an editor, and her encouragement and guidance have taught me a lot. When she gives me praise while editing a book, I know I’ve done something right.
Tell me about your writing process. Do you outline? Is your process more logical or intuitive?
I haven’t figured out how to outline. I have a couple books I’m looking forward to reading see if they can show me how. I write by the seat of my pants. I get an idea and then just run with it.
Do you have conversations with your characters?
No, I can’t say I ever have. Each one is a form of me or based one someone I know. But in my world, nobody back talks me, I’m God.
What’s more important to you in writing: character or plot? Why?
For me, you’ve got to have both. If the plot isn’t any good, who cares about the character? If the character isn’t any good, the plot is harder to follow.
How have other authors have influenced your work?
When I need a push in the right direction or advice on word play, authors are the folks to ask.
Do you see recurring themes in your work? If so, elaborate.
Violence. Everything I write has violence in it. I like to shock the reader. Of my three published books, you will get very graphic violence, blood, gore, rape, and vivid sexual scenes.
What sets your book apart from others in the genre?
My werewolves have tails and control their inner wolf. They aren’t just mindless beasts who kill and eat everything.
How are you like your characters, and how are you different from them?
They all are part of me unless I modeled the character around someone I know in real life. But I keep it a close held secret who in my books are real people. Safer that way.