I have always loved to write, but never imagined myself as a book writer until a few years ago. I had written several articles, short stories, poems, etc., but the idea of actually writing a novel alluded me. I esteemed novelists on such a high pedestal that becoming one seemed a bit of a lofty endeavor. As far as genre goes, my first book was realistic fiction with a slight touch of fantasy. It remains hidden in the bottom of my filing cabinet. My second book, co-authored with my dear friend, Kari Pike, is a self-help book which hides with my first book. My third book, Sons of Elderberry is total fantasy. It was buried for five years until recently and is my current “rescued” WIP. My fourth book, No Angel is my first published novel. It is in a category called speculative fiction, but I’ve also heard it referred to as spiritual fantasy. Its prequel, Earthbound went to press on April 26, 2012! I’ve already written an additional two books in my angel series and have at least three more in mind before that series is finished. I write in the mystery/suspense genre too and have a novel called Escape completed. It’s the second in a two-book series and cannot be published until I finish writing book one ~after I am done revising and editing Sons of Elderberry.
I’ve written whole novels just from a catchy title, although I’d already developed the characters from previous books. No Angel is about a guardian angel with an attitude – that’s why I gave it the title No Angel, because the main character, Jonathan Stewart did not want to be a guardian angel, but had to because it’s required of all post-mortal spirits. I was thrilled when my editor chose to keep that title, because that doesn’t usually happen. The inspiration for writing No Angel came from wanting to write a fun story that had the workings of the spirit world as a backdrop. Though No Angel is fiction, there’s a lot in it that I imagine to be true.
Readers often ask me who my favorite book character is outside of the ones I’ve created. That would have to be the wise Galadriel from the Lord of the Rings – I love her good choices. I also love Jane Eyre too – for the same reasons. My favorite book (next to religious books) is Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings.
My childhood experiences have developed me into the person that I am. My love for fantasy came from my mother reading Hans Christian Anderson to me out of the back of an old set of Encyclopedia Britannica. My fascination with Dr. Seuss books helped to develop the ability to look at things from wildly different perspectives. My passion for science kept me searching for the “why and how” of things and a drive to believe that a greater intellect existed than that of man. My belief in angels came from incredible religious experiences as a child ~ I’d have to say that without doubt, my childhood experiences weigh heavily on my writing.