What books have influenced your writing?
I’ve read a lot of Andre Norton over the years. Like, a lot. There may have been years when she was all I read. She was so very prolific. I loved Witch World, how the books straddled fantasy and scifi, and how she always managed to weave in some romance, even though, I think, it was a bit of a risk for her to do so. I would say those books specifically, the Witch World novels, are my biggest influence. I could name others, McCaffrey, McKillip, Tanith Lee, but it always comes back to Norton and Witch World.
What are your thoughts on ebooks? (i.e. love them, hate them, wave of the future)
I really love ebooks in theory. I love that they save trees, that you can fit hundreds of books in your purse and that they are so very portable and futuristic. I love the Star Trek feel of an e-reader in my hands, and I do think that they are the future. Digital is not going away and, eventually, those of us who drool over the smell of old paper will die off and our great grandchildren will never miss it. That being said, I have found that I personally am far less likely to finish a book I begin on the reader. I have no idea why this is, except maybe it’s easier to set it down and forget it. Looking at the idle tablet doesn’t immediately make the brain go, “oh right, they were just about to fight the troll.”
Do you read reviews written about your book?
I do everything in my power to not to read them, and so of course I do. They’re just right there, staring you in the face. I’ve had some fantastic luck with them, and a few real stingers. Everyone says, don’t read them. I suspect they all read them, but that might just be me.
How do you deal with negative reviews?
Usually with large quantities of chocolate. Then, I seriously look at the criticism, see if there is anything I need to take from it, anything I can apply to the next book. I’m more than willing to take advice and learn from it if I think it’s solid. But when it’s something completely subjective or off the wall, chocolate is definitely my friend.
Did you base any of the characters on real people?
I usually don’t. However, the woman with the two cats in, Kundalis: Storm Dragon, really did appear at that rest stop. Everything else about the character is fictional, but she really had two black cats with her, one with a pink bow and one with a red bandana.
Do you write your book from page 1 to the end, or do you jump around?
I plot from all directions at once, but once I’m writing I am very linear. I start at Chapter one and go straight on through. I veer enough from my pre-plan that I can’t imagine trying it out of order. Too much would have changed by the time I got to the end.
Which of your characters is your favourite?
Well, I’m a little bit in love with Doc Birch. I originally didn’t intend for him to be the love interest, or even for there to be a love interest, but Doc was so gentle and calm. He became the real anchor in the story, and I fell for him at the same time Karin did. I suppose that’s a bit of a spoiler, but I have yet to pull off a book with no romance at all. I think I’m okay with that.
Published by Zharmae Publishing on Jun 19, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Urban Fantasy
Find the book: Amazon, Goodreads
Karin knows she’s gone completely insane—nuts—absolutely batshit crazy, when she spots an insidious blue dragon twining through the trees at a rest stop in the Cascade Mountains. Despite agreeing to join her roommate at a psychic fair, she’s never believed in anything metaphysical. She’s pretty sure the Reiki treatment she succumbed to has brought on a frighteningly realistic hallucination—until they roll their mini-van in the middle of I-90, and she is rescued from the vehicle by the same monstrous blue figment of her imagination.
She awakens to find that she’s been delivered to a cabin high in the mountains instead of to a proper hospital. The “doctor” looking out for her is more of a new-ager than a physician, and the people who own the house, including the urban highlander version of Fabio, don’t have any intention of letting her leave.
Faced with the unimaginable, and strapped to an all-too-real dragon, Karin must decide how to tame the beast or risk losing herself to it forever.
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