She’s an avowed chocoholic, loves travel and good tea, and finds her inner peace by meditating and writing.
If you were given a chance to travel back in time, what year or place would you go and why?
Oooh, tough choice, but probably Constantinople before it was sacked by the Crusaders, sometime in the early 1200’s. Just seems super fascinating, opulent, and cosmopolitan, with its huge baths, cisterns, and golden palaces.
Describe your novel in seven words or less?
Shamans, sensual, mystical, transformative, illuminating
What is the last book you read?
Just finished The Chalice and The Blade. It’s non-fiction, so I can’t say it was a page-turner, but it’s research for my upcoming pre-historic romances. All about the real role that women played from pre-history through today. Super fascinating read.
Who is your favorite character that YOU have written?
Rhiannon is my favorite so far. She’s the heroine of a short story that will soon be up on my website. Her darkness and her struggles are fascinating to me, and sort of just blew me away.
What inspired you to write your first book? Do you have a specific writing style? How did you come up with the title?
I started writing when I had my quarter life crisis, but it wasn’t until the birth of my second baby that I decided that I had to use my brain for something other than singing kiddie songs. My writing style, I’ve learned, is really “seat of my pants-ish”. I’ve tried some other methods, but every time, those books got bogged down and are sitting in a drawer (metaphorically). And I’ve been very lucky to have found a “brain trust” that helps me with titles – we bounce around ideas –some ludicrous- until one sticks.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?
Keri Russel (remember Felicity?), mainly because she has beautiful curly hair. The way mine would be if I had a stylist. I imagine.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part of writing the books is the afterwards – the marketing, blogging, tweeting, etc. I guess I thought that I would just send these books out into the world and they would instantly be best-sellers. That was not exactly how it worked out…
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I love to read, of course, like any writer. I’m also into a lot of the crazy things my characters are doing – traveling, drum circles, shamanism, meditation, chanting. They all keep me grounded when dealing with two little ones all day. And then, because I needed more things to distract me, I just started a blog with two other mommy friends to focus on holistic living (holisticmamasatlanta.com). But otherwise, I’m just a normal crazy mom.
Is there any additional info you would like to share with your readers about what’s next for you and your books?
My next books will be a trilogy set in pre-historical times, from hunter-gatherer to Atlantis and beyond, and I am super excited. I love Clan of the Cave Bear books, and can never seem to find enough of them.
Can you share a bit with us about The Shaman’s Temptation with us?
A Shaman’s temptation could be the undoing of his people…
Madeleine Greenway, perfectionist and analyst for Surety Bank, has no place in her rigidly organized life for something as unpredictable as a man, much less a Native American shaman. Sent to the White Mountain reservation to help the tribe finance its new casino, she meets Tak, a proud, beautiful Apache, and finds herself surrounded by something magical in the Arizona desert. His touch becomes a passport to otherworldly bliss, and the strange coyote she sees makes her question what’s real. But it’s the amazing sex with Tak that makes Madeleine lose sight of her goal—to guarantee that Surety Bank’s investment in the casino won’t fail.
Last in a long line of shaman shape-shifters, Tak Nah-Kah-Yen has sworn a vow of celibacy to his gods. But Madeleine’s lithe body and honeyed lips compel him to forswear his pledge, claiming her for his own. His passion for her overshadows his link to his gods at a time when he most needs their help. Desperate to find funding for the casino and lift his people out of poverty, he’d accepted start-up money from less than savory sources who are willing to kill to guarantee their profit—the profit Madeleine’s bank jeopardizes…
Where can readers buy the book?
Where can readers stalk…um…I mean, find you?
I always look forward to hearing from readers! My website has excepts and a free story (coming in May 2014)!