1. What inspires you to write??
jokingly say it's because no one listens to me here at home. Actually, I
work in a very technical field (I've edited for over 10 years and
opened the doors of my own publishing company two years ago so lots of
cat herding there), writing is my creative outlet. Stories come to me
when I'm running, driving, zoning out, whatever. When I was a kid I was
always writing or daydreaming and we moved a lot so a lot of that I
think is just self entertainment.
2. You have several books that you have released, which is your favorite one so far??
I'd have to say my first series, The Empath
Trilogy holds a special
place in my heart because it was my first. However, I got to really let
go when I stepped it up to the adult genre. *coughs* Certain boundaries
we just shouldn't cross in the YA genre even if it is marked mature YA.
3. Is there any work in progress that you can tell us about??
I'm currently working on the 3rd in The Admiral's Elite series (Second
Sight and Into the Light) and I do have a follow up to The Path that's
in the works but I'm kind of stuck. Also, I write under another name,
. That's the VERY adult stuff and the first contemporary
romance is coming out hopefully around Christmas but only digitally.
Shh, don't tell. Also, this fall (Sept) I've got a new contemporary
romance coming out called An Undying Oath. Soldiers, WMD, government
conspiracies and black market deals all swirling around a group of hot
ex-soldiers and a woman who receives a mysterious package in the mail.
4. You are the founder of Staccato Publishing, can you tell us how publishing for other authors is going for you??
LOVE publishing other authors. To be a part in making their publishing
dreams come true is so amazing. It's still one of my favorite feelings
to get the email or sometimes picture of the box of books when it shows
up at their house and they hold it for the first time. Recently,
Staccato Publishing was nominated and made finalist (top 3 of 77
publishers and over 378 entries in the category) for one of our authors,
with Thoeba. Thoeba was her debut and she came to us
after an unsatisfying relationship with another publisher. We've been a
good fit and I got to send her a copy of her book with a shiny silver
sticker on it that tells the world she's got a hell of a story.
5. Do you have book boyfriends?? If so, SHARE!!
I had never heard this question before until recently so my answers are
fresh in my head. OTHER than my boys who of course are hand picked by
me and clearly to my tasts (James from Empath, Michael from Admiral's
Elite, Ben from Life Blood, Drew from The Path, Justin from An Undying
Oath. So, other peoples:
Eddie Chavez from Kristen Ashley's Rock Chicks series
Barrons from Karen Moning's Fever series
Ghost from Julie Ann Walker's Black Knights series
6. Who is HK Savage, really??
I find out I'll be sure to tell you. Thus far what I've figured out is
that I'm a grown up who refuses to grow up, I see adventure and fun
everywhere and I'm trying like crazy to get my share of it before I run
myself into the ground. My family mostly shake their heads at me but
that's okay cause as long as I'm entertaining them it's cool. I run
cause I love to eat and I can't afford new pants every week when I grow
out of what I have, I volunteer at the VA because I have the utmost
respect and gratitude for our armed forces, I love music and hate tv,
and more than anything I love stories.
7. Are any of your characters based off of someone you know??
hard to come up with characters without touching on personal
experiences. None of them are officially people I know but those closest
to me have pointed out they see parts of folks we've known along the
way and even bits of me in them. I never want to offend and I'm not
using my stories to make statements about these folks but I've borrowed
bits and pieces of experiences and who folks are to make better
characters and make them relatable. Nothing worse than characters you
can't feel. It ruins the story.
8. If you could be any character who would you be and why??
my books? Probably Becca from the Admiral's series because she's kick
ass. She was my first character (to some extent Cassie in The Path) to
really take control of her life and work it despite the bum deal fate
decided to give her. That and she gets to run around with Michael (who
some fans have renamed Captain Yummy and even made tshirts).
9. You recently released, Into The Light, the sequel to Second Sight. What can you tell us about this series??
series, as you can tell, is a favorite and fresh in my head since I'm
working on it right now. It's an Urban Fantasy/ Paranormal Romance
involving humans with special abilities and supernatural creatures. Yep,
it let me get back to my first love in the PNR world- vampires! The
premise is that there are creatures out there who need to be policed to
make sure they're not wreaking havoc on the human populace and throwing
things out of whack. Those same creatures need protection too. So in
comes The Admiral's Elite. A hand picked team by the much loathed
Admiral Black consisting of vampires and werewolves who keep things in
balance and in line. Becca Sauter is a human but also clairvoyant and
when the admiral sees her, he wants her for his team and will use
whatever he can to tie her to them including his second in command,
Captain Michael Rossi. Michael hasn't wanted anything to do with fragile
humans since he was turned into a vampire in WWII but now he's got one
in his face and under his command. The characters are really coming
along and opening up. Book 1, Second Sight, was about Michael and Becca,
book 2, Into the Light, picked up on Gabrielle and Ryan, and even told
us more about the mysterious admiral. Book 3, a WIP, really gives you
some things to think about with the admiral and the rest of our cast.
Not sure if we'll go 4 books yet we'll have to see how 3 goes.
Edgar Allen Poe
10. Who is an author you look up to and why??
because he can creep a story under your skin to the point
it's years later and you find yourself thinking about it. Very good.
because she has the biggest set of cojones of anyone I've
ever met. She goes out there and self-pubs her work and does it better
than anyone I know. I read one of hers, Inhale, when it first came out
and wrote a review. She not only thanked me, but she and I started
talking. She introduced me to a number of wonderful other authors and
I've cannot tell you how invaluable that is for those of us living in
this solitary world of writing and publishing.
as well. Her Parasol Protectorate series makes me wish I was a better
writer. She's got such wonderful characters, fabulous turns of phrase
and a subtlety I think a lot of we americans of John Wayne and Die Hard
heritage lack. Don't get me wrong, love in your face action and dialogue
but there is certainly an art to the less flamboyant styles.
for having me Amber. You do such a wonderful service promoting authors
and their books, it's invaluable and without you some of us would just
be sitting on a street corner shouting at strangers and scaring
children, begging them to take our books off our hands.
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