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...
Vampires and Monsters: Quieting the Voices in My Head

Vampires and Monsters: Quieting the Voices in My Head

Let’s just get this out of the way.  I hear voices… in my head.  For some people who know me, this isn’t a massive shock.  For those who are afraid, stick with me a moment.  When I’m writing a book, and by that I mean that I’m working on the first draft, I hear (usually) one voice in my head.  That’s the voice of the main storyteller.  If I happen to be writing from third person or a dual first person, there might be a second voice, but typically there’s only one voice. And it’s nice.  By the time I’m deep in a book, this voice is familiar.  I know the cadence.  I know the personality, the sense of humor, their favorite ice cream, and more.  It’s like always having a friend close at hand.  For the Dark Days series, I usually had Mira whispering sarcastic comments about this or that.  Occasionally Danaus would chime in when he was feeling talkative, which wasn’t often.  While I was working on the Asylum Tales, Gage was always there with a quip or a bit of wisdom.  For some reason, there were never any other voices talking to me for that series while I was writing the first drafts. But there’s another one voice waiting in the wings.  Typically, she’s content to sit back, surf the web, watch a movie, play a video game, and take a bubble bath until I’m ready for her.  Unless I make one big mistake.  I call her in while I’m drafting. Voices: The Creator and the Editor You see, despite the varieties in personality, there  are...
Long Lost Mira: Revisiting My Nightwalker

Long Lost Mira: Revisiting My Nightwalker

Last night, I was playing around on Facebook and I happened to change my cover image to a Dark Days cover.  I was stunned by the reaction and outpouring of comments from readers, telling me how much they loved and missed Mira.  The Dark Days series that followed the Fire Starter and the hunter Danaus was so much fun to work on and I’m so glad their story was my first published series of books.  I love that fiery nightwalker and her stoic warrior. In thanks for that love, I went digging through all the files I’ve kept gathered for the Dark Days series, trying to find something I’d written that I might never have shown anyone before.  There wasn’t much to choose from, but I think I’ve got a little bit of something for my dear readers. When I wrote the first draft of Dayhunter, there was a prologue.  Yep, a prologue.  But I don’t think anyone has ever seen it besides my editor.  The prologue was ultimately cut from the final draft, but I thought I’d show it to you now.  Below is a flashback to something that happened before the start of the Dark Days series and gives some great background on why Mira hates the naturi.  If you’ve never read the series, this snippet doesn’t contain any spoilers so you’re safe reading it. Happy reading! Prologue for Dayhunter Pain slashed across my face. Grass and dirt pressed against my skin.  My thoughts were fragmented, slipping from my grasp before I could close my fingers around them.  There was no floating on a gentle sea of...