- Where did you get the idea for the novel?
FIRST BITE was not a story I planned to write. I was in the Seattle airport during a long layover and I was working on my laptop on a completely different project. That’s when the main characters, Travis and Neva, started talking to me and refused to stop. (One thing I’ve learned as a writer is that characters very seldom take a number and wait politely until you have time for them!) Eventually I gave in and started typing what they had to say. I ended up with the first chapter of the book before I boarded the plane!
- Your title. Who came up with it? Did you ever change your title?
I came up with the title. The series is born out of the heroine being bitten by a changeling – a wolfen shapeshifter – so it seemed appropriate, especially since the story is being continued and there’ll be more bites to come! And no, I didn’t change it, because I very seldom title a story until it’s finished.
- Why did you pick this genre? What do you like about it?
I’ve always loved the paranormal, but until I ran across a short story by Christine Feehan – Dark Dream – I had no idea that romance and the paranormal could be combined. I fell in love with the genre right then and there. I love all the supernatural elements of the genre and the endless possibilities they provide – it’s very exciting to my imagination! Plus, being a paranormal creature really complicates your love life, so there are always issues to be dealt with in a relationship and I love to explore them.
- Since becoming a writer, what’s the most exciting thing to ever happen to you?
My PNR, Changeling Moon, was a finalist for the 2012 RITA awards. That was an exciting phone call – I made the poor gal on the other end repeat it twice because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing! And my August release, Storm Warrior, received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. That was pretty exciting too.
- What book are you currently reading or what was the last book you read?
Just finished Serpent’s Kiss by Thea Harrison (LOVED it!) and right now I’m reading Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost.
- What is your writing process?
Besides begging my characters to tell me what’s going on? I’m a hybrid of “plotter” and “pantster” – I try to plan out what’s going to happen, then my characters almost always do something totally different. I feel like I’m forever trying to catch up to them, typing as I go!
- At a book signing, do you just sign your name or do you write a note?
To tell the truth, I haven’t had a book signing yet! Now that I’m finally living on the mainland again (I was on an island in Alaska for ten years), maybe I’ll plan an event like that one day. In the meantime, I do autograph all of the books I give away in contests and drawings – but since the recipient isn’t present to ask, I don’t include a note. I’m going to be looking for ideas of clever things to say when I finally do have a book signing!
- What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Hmmmm – hard to say what qualifies as surprising. I’m really shy, for one thing – that seems to surprise a lot of people because I’ve gotten really good at covering it up! I adore my gardens and enjoy planting anything and everything – flowers, veggies, trees, whatever. I harbor a secret passion for animated movies – Megamind and Despicable Me are among my all-time favs. In fact, I have a huge black fan-back desk chair I rescued from a garage sale because it looks a lot like Megamind’s! (I’m sitting in it right now…) My husband and I are both addicted to history of any kind. I’m in love with vintage aircraft and need a bumper sticker that says I Brake for Aircraft Museums. I used to build models of WWI and WWII fighters and bombers as a kid (yes, I’m female, but I was never interested in traditional “girl toys”. You should have seen my electric train, and building sets!)
- How do you react to a bad review?
I don’t. I’ve come to realize that no two people are going to experience a story the same way, because we all bring our own lives and personalities and lives to the mix. What enlivens and excites one reader doesn’t capture the interest of another, and their reactions can be totally reversed with my next book. It’s all good.
- How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
Omigosh, I felt like I’d won the lottery! Jumping, screaming, running around the house – and that was just my husband!
Now, what I really celebrate is typing those classic words at the end of a manuscript: “THE END”. That’s where the biggest thrill is for me: bringing a story to completion. One tradition I’ve always observed is feeding my pug a can of tuna, à la Romancing the Stone. (My kids nicknamed me Joan Wilder years ago, LOL) And for me? I usually go outside and play in my gardens for a while. Later, my wonderfully supportive hubby will take me out, and chocolate will definitely be involved!