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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Ask the Author Wednesdays Begins

Welcome to the inaugural “Ask the Author Wednesdays” post! I thought it only fitting that I answer the question I am asked the most: How long did it take to write Thunderstone? The short answer is about 9 – 10 months, beginning to end. After that first draft, the story went through a ton of…

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My Deleted Scenes gave me an idea…

Right, so the Deleted Scenes got me thinking about the questions people ask about my book and it occurred to me, why not have a Q & A every week? So I’m initiating “Ask the Author Wednesdays”. If you have a question about Thunderstone, the characters, the Mississippi Headwaters, NA mythology, upcoming novels, or even…

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Thank You

My first Thunderstone Goodreads giveaway is over. Thank you to everyone who entered! If you didn’t win, don’t despair; stay tuned for future giveaway opportunities…

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Thunderstone Giveaway

I’m giving away a signed copy of Thunderstone on Goodreads! The giveaway begins at midnight tonight. Go to www.goodreads.com/giveaway to enter. Already have a copy? Share the news with a friend! Stay tuned…the is the first in a series of giveaways…

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