Why You Need to Journey Through the Asylum Tales

Why You Need to Journey Through the Asylum Tales

In 2010, I was finishing up the final book in the Dark Days series, preparing to say good-bye to characters that I’d worked with for approximately six years, and I needed to work on a new project. The only thing I was sure of was that I wanted something completely different from Mira, Danaus, and the rest of the gang who had traveled the globe. I wanted to laugh more. I wanted to bend magic and play with more paranormal creatures than I’d ever dared to before. I didn’t want just vampires and werewolves. No, I wanted to play with sirens, elves, incubi, trolls, ogres, pixies, and heaven only knows what else. What’s more, I didn’t want them all living in hiding, pretending that the humans were walking around the world with their eyes closed. No, these sirens, trolls, and shifters were living right next door to the humans. From there, the Asylum Tales was born. Gage Powell was born in my fevered little brain with a mix of laughter in his heart, sarcasm on his tongue, and a mind filled with magic. And when he had a horrible falling out with the witches and warlocks who were trying to crush all the species filling the world, Gage went into hiding and became a potion-stirring tattoo artist. His best friends are an incubus and a troll. His girlfriend… she’s an elf pretending to be a human. As you might expect when you throw a world together with all types of magical creatures and relics, you get regular craziness that is so much fun. Running with Gage as he fights...
My Favorite Asylum Tales Characters

My Favorite Asylum Tales Characters

I thought I would take a moment to wander down memory lane and pick out some of my favorite Asylum Tales characters or creatures. I love working on the Asylum Tales series because it gave me free rein to include any fantastical creature that crossed my mind. I’ve got collections of books on legends, myths, and fairy tales from around the world. Gage had a chance to meet them all. Favorite Asylum Tales Characters Lori the Lorialet (originally appeared in Dead Man’s Deal) – I will admit that I first thought of Lori while I was working on the Dark Days series, but I just couldn’t work him into the series. He wasn’t a good fit. However, when Gage had to confront the Summer Elves for Trixie’s freedom, it seemed only fitting that Lori might be found among their people. A lorialet is where the term lunatic comes from. The children of Selene, goddess of the moon, they are the daydreams and artisans of the world. Their style of dress is somewhat bohemian and they have slow, meandering manner to them. I can think of nothing that would hurry them along. They had a sort of detached feeling to them and some part of them longs to return to the moon and stars. Lori was Trixie’s mentor when she lived amo ng her people and he had fond memories of her. Lori also has a knack for driving Gage insane. The young tattoo artist is always in a rush. The world is constantly threatening to come apart around him and he is the only one who can save it...
A New Path in the Woods

A New Path in the Woods

I love books.  They take you down the strangest path at times. I would imagine that you love books too considering that you’re here most likely because you’ve read my books.  It’s more than just loving books. I love a good story. I love stories of love, vengeance, struggle, violence, misunderstanding, destruction, chaos, heartbreak, and triumph.  It doesn’t matter if the story is about warlocks, vampires, Victorian lords, fallen kings, mythical worlds, or places far in the deep reaches of space. As a lover of great stories, I’ve found myself chasing after these great stories as a writer. And it has taken me to some amazing places and down one odd path after another. Down the Rabbit Hole When I first started writing books in my teens, I wrote high school romances between the geek and the ultra hot jock that everyone adored.  I also started writing fantasy novels with complex world of my own creation. I loved writing about magic and the danger that came with working in a magical realm. In college, I started reading historical romances again and I found myself writing historical romances again filled with misunderstandings and complex social rules. And then a short time later, I tumbled into the realm of urban fantasy. I loved writing about vampires, werewolves, and warlocks. I loved their rough world filled with violence and power.  These creatures have their own societies and rules buried within the everyday world. It was in this world that I met Mira and Danaus from the Dark Days series.  It gave me the chance to meet twisted characters such as Sadira and...