What can we expect from you in the future?
How do we find out about you and your books?
Why did you decide to write historical novels?
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
A little piece of me goes into every character. I think that's unavoidable for any writer. Not that it's a bad thing! I've had a broad range of work experiences and interests. It makes for better characterizations. For specific things, like describing the strain on people under severe physical hardship or extreme stress, fear, anger, etc, my time in the Marine Corps very much helps to describe those emotions.
Do you have a set schedule for writing or do you just go with the flow?
What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
Where do your ideas come from?
What does your husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfri
Do you ever ask him/her for advice?
Please tell us about yourself (family, hobbies, education, etc.)I'll give you the condensed version. I've had a busy life. Why, I could write a book!! HA! Get it?! Uhhh, moving right along ... Army brat, youngest of four kids. Grew up in Germany and Colorado. Went to college for a couple of years after high school (Minnesota and Colorado; I swam in Minnesota until an injury ended my season) then joined the Marine Corps in 1991 and served in the infantry. Attended Texas Tech University; I majored in Russian Language and Area Studies. Got out of the Marine Corps. Then went to Officer Candidate School and was commissioned in 2001. Did all sorts of things as a Marine officer. Resigned in 2007. Lived in Seattle. Taught swim lessons and had a personal training business. Married in 2008. Marine Reserves in 2009 (yes, yes, there's a definite trend). Moved to California in 2009. Tried to work as little as possible because I missed Seattle so much. Fortunately, the Reserves kept me busy. I did a few mini-deployments and a couple of extended ones. 2013, I started writing VENDETTA. Spent six months on active duty in New Orleans, Dec 2013-May 2014. Didn't write a single word. Went to Italy for just about the entire month of October, 2014 (research, of course). Had to do a complete rewrite. Retired from the Marine Corps last year. Spent about half of last summer as a wild land fire-fighter in Grand Teton National Park. Worked a full fire season there this year.
Who are some of your other favorite authors to read?
What do you think of critique groups in general?
What is the hardest part of writing/the easiest for you?
What is the most rewarding thing about being a writer?
Are there any words of encouragement for unpublished writers?