What inspired you to write Vampire Cursed?
I’ve always been fascinated with castles and vampires, but the idea of a cursed vampire, one that wasn’t bitten, intrigued me. I’d written about witches so, one day, when I was writing another curse, I thought about how it would work if someone’s entire way of living (night vs. day/blood vs. food) was changed by a curse that could only be broken one way.
How long did it take you to write Vampire Cursed?
It was a short novella so about ten days.
What are some of your favorite books? Are there any specific authors who inspire you?
I have way too many favorite books to name. I’m a huge Jane Austen fan so all of her books are on my favorites list. I also love Charlotte Bronte. As far as modern day authors, I love Christine Feehan’s Carpathian series. There are a lot of authors that inspire me, but Lisa Renee Jones, is, by far, the one that exceeds them all. She has this never give up attitude that is contagious. And she doesn’t tell me what I want to hear; she tells me what I need to hear. Beyond that, she came through some pretty tough times, and now, because she hung in, she is living her dream.
Where did you come up with the characters Nathaniel and Abby?
Writing a duke had always been a desire of mine, but I wasn’t sure if I could do the historical aspect justice. When I got the idea for a cursed vampire, I thought, what the heck, I’ll make him a duke, too. Since Vampire Cursed is a novella, I knew I could keep a tight rein on the history so I wouldn’t overstep my knowledge.
As far as Abby goes, I knew I needed a heroine who could stand up to Nathaniel and wouldn’t run screaming once she found out who and what he was. She evolved from the personality.
If you could befriend a character from any of your books, who would you befriend? Why?
I would have to say Tess who is the heroine in my book, Indigo Spell. She falls in love with a wizard yet doesn’t let that sway her from who she is. She doesn’t start swooning over him. She keeps her head about her, and I like that in my friends. Plus, she’s a wizard now, too, and it would be cool to be friends with a wizard.
Where do you like to write? Do you listen to music while you are writing?
I write in bed with my laptop. I’ve been doing that for years. When I originally started writing, I used my desktop, and I wrote in my office. Now, because I write so late at night, it’s just easier for me to get comfortable on my bed. No, I don’t listen to music while I write.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
More than likely New Zealand. It’s a dream location of mine. I’ve always wanted to go there, and I’m constantly looking at pictures and reading about it. I could definitely see myself living there.
Are you currently working on a book? If so, can you tell us a little bit about it?
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