Q: Did you always want to become a novelist?
A: I was twelve when I first considered writing novels. Before then, I wasn’t old enough to seriously consider any career. I’ve always enjoyed reading, though. When I entered high school, I had my mind set on becoming a published author. Schoolwork, among other stuff, meant I was too busy to write a book. Not that I didn’t try. I finished one in my senior year, but needless to say, it was pretty awful. I wrote another one in my second year of college. I liked that book and I was serious about publishing it. Only, I wanted to self-publish in print. The cost of it turned out too big a deterrent, and ebook self-publishing hadn’t really taken off back then. I’ve no plans to release that second book, either. Like the first, it was a learning process for me, and thus not really fit to see the light of day.
Q: How do you come up with your characters?
A: For the most part, I make them up from scratch. I haven’t based a character completely off a real person yet. Not until someone leaves a great impression on me or pisses me off! My characters aren’t fully formed when I first create them, so I take bits and pieces from other people (including me) and add those. I learn more about them as I write a book. They do surprise me sometimes! It’s like that movie, The Adjustment Bureau. I set a path for a character, and he/she may choose another course. It happens!
Q: What genres do you write in?
A: When I first chose this career, I wanted to be known mostly for mystery and suspense. I looked forward to write books like those of T.R. Ragan or Cynthia Eden. My plan was to write a novel or series with a protagonist related to law enforcement. Like a cop, a private investigator, or an FBI agent. I found that I don’t really have what it takes to write that sort of books. I’ve got no experience with law enforcement or the “rough side of life,” so I switched to genres I felt more familiar with. Sci-fi and contemporary romance are the main genres in which I’ll write now.
Q: Why is Base Duplicity no longer available? Are you planning to write a reboot?
A: At the moment, I have no plans to re-release Base Duplicity or write another book related to it. To be honest, I wasn’t very happy with how that book turned out. I got pressured to rush its development, against my wishes. Given more time, I could have turned Base Duplicity into something I’d have been proud of. Don’t get me wrong; I liked the story and the main character, Valerie. I wish I’d had the chance to make Base Duplicity a full-length book instead of a novella.
Q: How many books will there be in the Dream Date series?
A: In truth, I don’t know. I hadn’t even planned to write a series when I started working on Dream Date. Amanda’s and Nathan’s story wasn’t finished in the first book, so I wrote them another one. And then there were other characters I grew very fond of, like Kayla and Judith. In fact, this is the reason I called it the Dream Date series instead of trilogy or something concrete like that. I left my options open.
Q: Will you make your books available in print?
A: How I wish that would happen! It would be a dream come true to see my books in paper. I believe in myself, so I think that is certainly a possibility. I’m unable to do that at the moment, unfortunately. The expenses involved in releasing print books are way more than I can handle. I wouldn’t turn down a publishing offer, though. Earlier in my career, I would have refused one. Now, I’d be mad to refuse a publishing offer.
Q: Do you draw from life experiences for your books?
A: To a certain degree, yes. Not to sound boastful, but I’m actually rather sophisticated and mature for my age. In fact, I’ve felt years older than my true age since I was in high school. I’m not sure how I came to be such an old soul! Maybe it’s because of the myriad books, movies, and TV shows I’ve seen. They’ve shown people in all sorts of situations. I know you shouldn’t set much store by fiction as a guide for life, but you can certainly learn more than a few tidbits. I’m also very observant. That’s made me learn a great deal about people. It also helps that I took a psych course in college.
Q: May I send you one or more of my books for you to review?
A: I’m sorry, but I cannot take such requests because I’m not a professional book reviewer. I’m primarily an author, not a book blogger. I only post book reviews on my site because I like to share my opinions with people. As I read several books a year, I started writing reviews for them because I wanted to. Over time, I began to accumulate reviews, so I decided not to keep them locked up in my computer.
Q: Will you release other versions of the fictional character dossier template (PDF, OpenOffice, etc.)?
A: No, I have no plans to do that. My character dossier template is something I created for myself. When it was good enough, I decided to share it with the world, for free. At one point, I did make an OpenOffice version of it. The latest release is only available for Microsoft Word 2010 and later. It is by far the most-used word processor, and I don’t have time to create other versions of the template. Microsoft Office is significantly more affordable these days, as you can buy a subscription for under $100. Before, you had to shell out a one-time payment of $300+ for the software.