As the progeny of a slightly mad NASA scientist and a tea-drinking bibliophile who turned the family dining room into a library, I learned early the value of a questioning mind, books and a good china teapot. But it wasn’t until third grade that I overcame dyslexia and learned to read, going on to make words my life’s work. I suppose you could say I’ve always been a writer. I spent all four years of high school on the school newspaper, then went to college and got a degree in Mass Communications. I ended up journalist, then a public relations officer in both the corporate and agency realm. But by far the most challenging has been using my writing skills to pen paranormal romances, such as my recent releases The Truth About Vampires and The Vampire Who Loved me for Harlequin Nocturne, and steampunk romance novels in my Legend Chronicles series for Kensington in the turret office of my Seattle-area Victorian home. I’ve spent nearly a quarter of a century with the boy who took me to the Prom, I drink tea with milk and sugar, I’m an adamant fan of the television show Supernatural, and I possess an indecent love of hats.
Can you introduce us to the world that you have created?
“My vampire world is a little different than most. First, they don’t sparkle. Second, I envision a world where vampirism is caused by a virus, where vampires are organized in a kind of clan structure and where they’ve come to terms introducing themselves to humanity for the first time since the Inquisition. My stories take place in the Cascade Clan, based in the underground portions of Seattle that were created with the city faced a great fire in 1889.
For the steampunk novels, my stories revolve around supernatural hunters in the Wild Weird West. There are three brothers, all named after their father’s favorite guns – Colt, Remington and Winchester. They fight supernatural beings, vampires, ghosts, demons, shape-shifters, just about anything, to protect humanity as part of the Legion of Hunters. It’s kind of like what you’d get if you mashed together the television series Supernatural with Wild Wild West. They’ve got a mad inventor friend, lots of unusual gadgets, including a clockwork horse, Sting Shooters, and automaton decoder machines, and each brother comes up against a supernatural female he’s unable to resist.”
Will this be your first RT or are you a veteran? Any advice for those who are going for the first time?
I’m an RT virgin, baby! While I’ve been to many different regional and national conferences, this is my first time, despite being an American Title II finalist, that I’ll be able to attend.
Are you speaking on any panels during RT? Are there any you are looking forward to? What panels are you planning on attending?
“Yes, I’ll be speaking about steampunk as more than just brass goggles and leather corsets. We’ll be taking a look at not only the archetypes you’ll find in the genre, what are some of the classical elements of the whole sub-culture and how to weave stories that are fresh in a genre that’s been well-known in science fiction, but less so in romance.
Personally, I’m really looking forward to Michael Hague’s workshop in the Hollywood track about Uniting Story Structure, Character Arcs and Love Stories and the workshop about How to Write Graphic Novels.
I’ll also be taking part in the Steampunk Social and the Kensington Morning Mixer as well as all the evening parties!”
If someone were wanting to meet up with you at RT, who should they look for?
Me! You can find a picture of me at my website. I’m short, blonde and likely will be sporting a fancy black top hat at some point during the conference.
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