Where are you from?
Sweet home Chicago, but I have recently moved to Oak Lawn, IL, a suburb that hugs the big city. So I have the best of both worlds; the quiet of the suburbs, but can be in the city in minutes.
A little about yourself `ie your education Family life ect.
I am happily married for 11 years, and have an 18 year old daughter, a smarty pants that is going to DePaul University on a scholarship. My husband and I own a comic book store in a mall, and a publishing company. We have two awesome cats, Sawyer and Scamper.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
I have a vampire book, Inamorata slated to be released by Hellfire Publishing in July. It’s the first in a trilogy entitled One Bloody Night.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Almost 18 years ago, I would watch my daughter play in the park, while I scribbled in a notebook. I thought I was so good back then…honey please. LOL I had to gut my first book before it went to a publisher, and then after that, it took me three years to be published.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Always, because I did indeed write.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Characters in my head needling me for their story to be told.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Yes, I am one of those dreaded deadbeats that starts with the end, then the beginning, then the middle, and then I go back and let the characters talk to me, and fill it in that way. Not the way you are supposed to write at all.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
I really don’t know how I come up with the titles for my books. They just come to me along with characters and the main plot.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, don’t screw with a mother, because they will fight you like a barracuda to protect their child.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
100% I researched all my facts and I was in a very similar situation. So I was able to tell it in a very real way.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
My Heroine in Glow in the Dark is a bartender, and is stalked by a patron in the bar, an old man. Of course this turns into several murders and some hot nights with her firemen lover. I didn’t have the hot fireman luxury and no one died. But an old man did harass me and actually follow me home, stalk me and such.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
None, I enjoy to read. But my characters are their own.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
JoAnn Ross was actually my mentor. She has always been wonderful to me, and gone out of her way to show me the way. So much so, that I would give anything to be like she was for me, for someone else. I started a website to aid struggling and unpublished authors, but it fizzled within a year. But not for lack of trying on my part, and many other authors pitched in and helped. I would someday love to try that again.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I am going back and forth between Relic and Bloodbreeders: Living in Darkness (for the 3rd time), and I am a comic book reader as well, so I am always reading those.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Well, several. I own a publishing company; so my authors have definitely peaked my interest. And, my publisher, Decadent Publishing has some authors that I have really enjoyed reading their work.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I am working a on a vampire trilogy and a Alabama cop series.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Her name is Savannah Rayne. She has been anything and everything that I needed her to be. Cheerleader, best friend, assistant.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
No, I see it more like breathing.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Oh yes, it was a beautiful day full of champagne and flowers, I had been struggling as to what I wanted to do with my life. It hit me that I loved writing, and I wanted to make that my career, it was a weight lifted. The people in my life at that time, said that they loved the way I wrote, and they thought I made the right choice. It would have been a difficult decision because, at the time I was a single mother with a baby, and let’s face it a writing career is not paved with gold and diamonds. But I somehow knew that one day I would be “here”, and it would all be worth it. And damn! I was right! As far as how it actually started; that was with pen, paper, and an idea. But otherwise, I have always been a writer of sorts.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, here is a synopsis for Glow in the Dark (Romantic Suspense)
Single mother, Corey Nolan lands a job at a downtrodden Chicago nightclub on the very same day she spills onto the local firehouse curb, meeting smokin hot firefighter, Jake Gilroy.
Jake is her one true love, he knows it and she knows it. But, Corey’s faithfulness to her deadbeat boyfriend Mark Norris stands in their way, until a series of diabolically masterminded events, orchestrated by an unknown psychopath sends Corey bolting into Jakes safe arms.
They barely have enough time to bask in their loving afterglow, when this heinous stalker amp’s up his game to deadly new heights. Corey then realizes she must emerge from her cocoon of deep-rooted fear and insecurity, risking everything to save her daughter’s life.
And here is a synopsis for Bad Moon Rising Over Oz (Horror)
Bad Moon Rising Over Oz is a version of, The Wizard of Oz like nothing you’ve ever read before…
It is not for the squeamish or the weak.
Auntie Em has made a deal with the devil. She gave up her niece, Dorothy’s soul in exchange for a plentiful harvest. Em was smart and worked a clause into the contract. Satan could only have Dorothy’s soul in death, but she must also agree to meet the dark lord himself and shake his hand. Everything is going splendid until…
Dorothy unaware of her untimely demise or any satanic contract embarks on a journey through the Land of Oz, seeking the great Wizard in hopes that he will return her safely home. As she unwittingly marches through hell, she begins to notice that nothing and no one is what it seems and there is no turning back…
There is indeed a bad moon rising over Oz.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Pre-editing before it goes to a professional editor, because apparently, I go blind when I am reading my own work. When it’s anybody else, I have a very quick eye. I will be reading and saying things like, oh that’s wrong, that’s misspelled, what was he thinking? lol. But mine looks perfect to me 🙂 Fiona, please stop rolling your eyes, lol 🙂
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? John Saul has always been my favorite. It’s because he is so great in his character description; that ten people reading the story get the same exact visual of characters and background from it in their interpretations. It’s like he manipulates you without you even realizing it, and I find that fascinating. And he does all that without spelling it out for you.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No, not at all.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Learning as I went along.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
Yes actually, two things. One, it’s uber hard work, and very, very time consuming.
The second was that you can’t force anything on the reader. You have to lay subtle ground work, and let them interpret the story in their own way. But that’s very hard. You really want to make sure that the reader gets your point.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
I always give the same advice, lol. I do! I always say if writing is for you, and that is where your heart is at; then go for it, and never give up, ever! But if you are only in it because of the fame, it will end up being too hard, and you will alienate a lot of good people in the process. It’s an art and should be treated as such, always.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love you! And I am always good for a beer, so be sure to look me up 🙂
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Oh god, that is a tricky question with a long answer. I would have been an editor, which I am. Or a publisher, which I am. And I had lifelong dream of owning a comic book store, and I do. So I am, or have all my alternatives, lol. I did go to paramedic school, which didn’t pan out for me in the end. I do have a degree in vet assistance, but it was such heart breaking work for so little pay.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
Perhaps I will give you the short version. I am a website and blog hog, LOL.