So what are you reading right now? Ask the Author Wednesday

I am almost finished with the first book of the Mortal Instruments series, City of Bones, by Cassandra Clare. Before this book, I read the last Morganville Vampires novel – a fifteen book series by Rachel Caine which I enjoyed immensely. I needed a new series that wouldn’t pale by comparison. After witnessing my sister…

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Do you have a favorite book? Ask the Author Wednesday

Such a tough question! Inevitably the first novels that come to mind are those I’ve read in the past year or so that I really liked. But I don’t think I can pick something so recent – I may still be in the ‘infatuated’ phase. No, a favorite book must stand the test of time…

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Thunderstone Prequel? Ask the Author Wednesday

If you’ve heard rumors that there will be a Thunderstone Prequel, they are true! I’m currently at about the halfway point in the story. The best part – it’s going to be a free eBook! The intention is to give current Thunderstone fans the ‘story before the story’ as well as entice new readers to discover Thunderstone. The target…

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Advice for aspiring writers. Ask the Author Wednesday

I was asked this question at my Blue Frog Books signing event Saturday and thought I’d answer it here for those of you who couldn’t be there. I’m passing on advice that I received and put into practice. If you want to be a writer, write; everyday or as often as possible. Think of yourself…

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Do you base your characters on real people? Ask the Author Wednesday

Yes and no. Almost all of the characters in Thunderstone are loosely based on real people since I actually took that trip to the Mississippi headwaters with a bunch of family. Ice and Nik are completely fictional unfortunately – it would’ve been cool to meet a medicine man and his apprentice! In the other novels I’ve…

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Upcoming Author Event!

  Southfield Public Library in Southfield, MI http://www.southfieldlibrary.org/  in collaboration with BookBeat bookstore. Wednesday, June 4th  7 p.m. Caricatures, Cupcakes, and a Creature Join me for a fun-filled evening at the Southfield Library. I’ll have books available for purchase and signing and you can take home a commemorative Thunderstone caricature featuring you! Oh yeah, there will be cupcakes…

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How do you come up with story ideas? Ask the Author Wednesday

Story ideas are everywhere, if you think in that context. I draw ideas from music, books, TV, social media, conversation, etc… When something sparks my interest, I start asking questions: If a plane disappeared, what might have happened to it? What is a black mirror and what would its purpose be? Some boys in class couldn’t…

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Do you have a Thunderstone Playlist? Ask the Author Wednesday

In some of the books I read, the author includes a playlist that they listened to while writing the story. I don’t listen to anything while I write. If I play music I know, I want to sing along and I get distracted by the lyrics. However, if Thunderstone had a soundtrack, it would have to…

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Why Jeni? Ask the Author Wednesday (a day late)

The name Jeni was inspired by a coworker I shared a cubicle with back in my corporate days. Her name was Janelle but she went by Jenny. She was the first person I’d ever met named Janelle and I thought it was interesting that she used Jenny as a nickname. So when I sat down to write…

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Ask the Author Wednesday: What were your inspirations for Thunderstone?

Since my first encounter with Greek mythology as a kid, I’ve been fascinated by legends and lore from past ages. Native American beliefs captivate me most of all as they are closest to home. If you’ve checked out the home page on my website, then you know I made the journey to the Mississippi Headwaters with my mom, my…

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