Age- What? Oh no. No, no.

Where are you from- Alabama originally.

A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect

I’ve been writing and publishing for thirty years. It’s been my life, along with raising children and being a wife to my good husband. You’ve heard of a life well-spent? Mark me down for that.

 Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

 My collection of all new short stories was just published. The title is SINISTER-Tales of Dread. Fourteen short stories, many of which will be in anthologies too. I just sold my fifteenth novel, a suspense, to Post Mortem Press, for publication in April/May 2014.

Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

 I began writing in journals and diaries as a kid. I began writing (trying to write) short stories when I was eighteen. I’m not sure why except I always knew I wanted to be a writer.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

 When I wrote my first short story. Writers write and that’s what I was doing. I worked at it with dedication and finally began to sell my work.

Fiona: What inspired you to write your story?

I hadn’t written a vampire story since DAW Books published my trilogy of the Vampire Nation novels. I wanted to try one and in my mind I saw a swampy, foggy area in the South and a house where gene4rations of vampires had lived.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

 Lately I’ve been called a “quiet horror” writer, meaning the opposite, I guess, of “extreme horror” writer. I am also known for realistic suspense novels.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

 It came from the quote to the entrance to hell “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.”

Is there a message in your story that you want readers to grasp?

 Not really.

Fiona: How much of the story is realistic?

 The setting, and I hope the emotions.

Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

 Some are, but not in this story. The last vampire I knew made me promise not to speak his name in public.

Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?

 Books by Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, Patricia Highsmith, Somerset Maugham.

Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

 Ed Gorman and the late C. Terry Cline, Jr.

Fiona: What book are you reading now?

 I just finished reading PEOPLE PERSON by Trent Zelazny, DR SLEEP by Steve King, and hope to begin STRINGS by Allison Dickson.

Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

 Yes. Trent Zelazny, Franklin E. Wales, Allison Dickson, Michaelbrent Collins, Kealan Patrick Burke.

Fiona: What are your current projects?

 LOSTNESS, a novel and sequel to my novel BANISHED.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

 Yes, I always have.

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?

 I believe it was from hearing stories told around the kitchen table and on the front porch by family members.

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?



            At his back lay San Francisco Bay where he’d left Angelique, the Queen of the Fallen, to drown in the cold, wind-driven Pacific waters.

            He was Nisroc, a fallen angel, brought down to earth by Angelique. He now possessed the young, strong body of a circus high-wire performer who’d died of tuberculosis more than a century in the past. For some time he had been called Nick and that is how he thought of himself—though today he was Nick the confused, Nick the supernatural man who searched for the truth. He was also Nick the Betrayer, as Angelique had viewed him. He’d first left her company and fled across the United States and then he had warred with her to forever end his bondage.

            Now he stood shivering in his wet skin and clinging clothes, pondering what to do. Whatever action he took involved a moral decision and should take careful thought. He paused on the street curb with two small people in his great arms, more confused than ever.

            He had a decision to make about one of the little humans in his arms. He set his midget friend on his feet and with a hand on top of his shoulder, steadied him.

“We should take him with us,” Jody said, staring up at Nick. “Don’t you think so?”

Kurt, the little boy whose mind held a small intellect and whose heart was filled with such a wide ocean of innocence, watched him. Kurt had come from the hotel where his parents lived, having followed Jody down to the bay. His parents were unable to afford a more permanent residence during these hard days of the Depression Era. They didn’t keep an eye on their son, letting him run wherever he wished.

Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

 Being able to get so many ideas from the Muse down in story form.

 Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

 I travel as much as possible. In fact, right now I’m on the road.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

 I do some of my covers and Jeffrey Kosh has done some of them.

Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

 Making sure this was exactly what I wanted to say in the way I wanted to say it.

Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

 Give it all you’ve got. Anything less, go find another job.

Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

 How I love you! How I love you so!

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Reading, traveling, photography.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

 Suspense and drama.

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?

 Been miserable and unfulfilled.

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it? Yes.