In the fifth grade a teacher assigned our class a project—to write a book that would be placed in a class lending library. That started the writing bug.
My mom and sister used to love to watch creepy movies on Chiller theater on wet Saturday afternoons. Not wanting to be left out, I joined them, forever creating indelible images in my brain of werewolves, vampires, aliens and other creatures who would eat my sorry butt.
The final nail in the coffin came when I got the coolest Christmas gift ever—a chemistry kit filled with all kinds of fun experiments. In the blink of an eye I could make snow in a jar or send up a noxious blast of fumes.
Combine all three and I became a mad scientist intent on writing stories about all those weird happenings and of course, somehow securing a happy ending.
Did I mention that the book I wrote for the class library was a romance? One with hints of the paranormal as a group of students is stranded on a deserted island whose other inhabitants are not too friendly.
In the many years since then, I’ve found it to be quite rewarding to continue melding all those things I loved as a kid into the stories I write. Those of you familiar with THE CALLING series may recognize all three of those elements in books like DANGER CALLS, where Dr. Melissa Danvers is busy trying to find out how vampire blood works. That theme is one I picked up at the end of DEATH CALLS when Diana Reyes is tainted with the blood of her lover, Ryder Latimer. I’m hoping to finish that longer story arc with a novella with Diana and Ryder in the near future.
Readers will also see those elements in the SIN HUNTER series. Love, otherworldliness and romance are in both SINS OF THE FLESH and STRONGER THAN SIN. With books three and four in the series (THE LOST and THE CLAIMED coming in August 2011 and Spring 2012), you will see even more of the weirdness paranormal romance readers love as a new group comes to visit the Jersey Shore—Hunters who can do all kinds of unique things. I won’t spill the beans on that one just yet because it’s just too exciting for me right now as I am finishing the books.
I know I’m blessed to be able to do something I love so much and which is so much fun. I hope readers have as much fun reading the books and enjoying the same things I love, romance, weirdness and maybe even some of the science.
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