Can you tell readers a little bit about yourself and what inspired to write in this particular genre?
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old, and wrote my first unpublished book. Writing was something that I was always good at in school. I could always make up a story. My favorite genre is Sci-fi/Fantasy/Paranormal-Romance, so I knew I wanted to write in that genre.
What is it about the paranormal, in particular vampires, that fascinates you so much?
I love the unknown. That’s why I like paranormal and sci-fi the best. Vampires have always been intriguing to me. I was brought up watching them because my mom liked vampires.
What inspired you to write this book?
I loved the TV show and movie Roswell, and Dune. After these shows ended I had more questions about the universe. These questions started my journey in writing my novel, Sonar The Crashing.
In the Sonar Series the plot of the story revolves around amnesia, fate, and destiny. I wanted to explore what happens when a husband falls in love with another woman because he doesn’t remember his wife.
After I started writing book one Sonar The Crashing, I had several questions about Bryan’s human love. I wondered how they met and fell in love. Also what happened to Melanie after she found out his devastating secret? This led me to dig deeper into the story to find these answers. Before I knew it, I had a novel for Melanie. By getting more details about Melanie’s story, I was able to develop more of the plot for book two also.
For me, paranormal-romance is a mysterious adventure. It’s a genre that never gets old.
Please tell us about your latest release.
My latest release is Melanie’s Evanescent Journey (The Sonar Series #1.5).
It is the companion novel, and ties-in to books 1 and 2 of the Sonar series.
Do you have a special formula for creating characters' names? Do you try to match a name with a certain meaning to attributes of the character or do you search for names popular in certain time periods or regions?
I like unique and biblical names. I also like to base each of my series on a culture. The Sonar Series is based on the Egyptian culture.
Was one of your characters more challenging to write than another?
Yes, Bryan Romeland was the hardest to write. The reason is because I had to balance his personality between two relationships. He also had amnesia so I had to make his new personality slightly different, but still balance it with his true hidden character.
Is there a character that you enjoyed writing more than any of the others?
I liked writing about both of my female heroines, Shiray Romeland and Syira Romeland. They both have different stories with a lot of conflict. But it was also fun to intertwine their stories.
Do you have a formula for developing characters? Like do you create a character sketch or list of attributes before you start writing or do you just let the character develop as you write?
I start with the storyline and plot first. Then the characters fall in line.
What is your favorite scene from the book? Could you share a little bit of it, without spoilers of course?
That’s hard. I have so many I like. I think my favorite in Melanie’s Evanescent Journey is their first kiss. Melanie got to experience the paranormal aspect of his kiss by literally getting high of his tongue of ecstasy. She knew something was definitely different with the kiss, but frankly she didn’t care.
Did you find anything really interesting while researching this or another book?
I found the Egyptian culture interesting. I researched a lot of material. For example most of Kadan’s cities are named after Egyptian cities.
Can you tell readers a little bit about the world building in the book/series? How does this world differ from our normal world?
Kadan is 300 million light years away in the Sonar galaxy. Kadan is a reddish-purple in color. It has three moons. The sky is different shades of purple rather than blue. The ground is redder in color rather than brown, like Mars.
The water is denser. It’s also different shades of purple.
Kadan has no animal life forms.
There is also 22 hours in a day total; eleven day time hours, and eleven nighttime.
With the book being part of a series, are there any character or story arcs, that readers jumping in somewhere other than the first book, need to be aware of? Can these books be read as stand alones?
Sonar The Crashing, book # 1, can be read as a stand-alone novel. Melanie’s Evanescent Journey companion novel #1.5 can also be read as a stand-alone. Melanie is also is book # 1, but she is in the background. She is not telling the story. But in her book she tells her side of the story. Melanie’s companion novel also ties-in with book # 2, Sonar The Cyclone in part 2 of her novel.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? How do you deal with it?
Sometimes I may get stuck in a certain part of a story. But I have learned to only write the scenes as they come to me. And I never write the story in order.
Do you have any weird writing quirks or rituals?
No, I don’t. Unless you count when I always seem to get book ideas when I’m driving. And I have to write on the back on envelopes from my purse at stop lights.
Do you write in different genres?
Yes, I write different genres. I write New and Young Adult. Sci-fi, Paranormal-Romance, Fantasy, and Contemporary romance.
Do you find it difficult to write in multiple genres?
Not really because the genres I write in are similar.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
I considered myself a writer when I wrote my first unpublished book when I was fifteen.
What are your guilty pleasures in life?
My guilty pleasures in life are sleeping as much as possible. Reading books that will become movies or TV shows. And eating whatever I want to on the weekends.
Other than writing, what are some of your interests, hobbies or passions in life?
I like to read. I also like to watch TV, go to the movies. I also love real-estate and house design.
What was the last amazing book you read?
The Lux series which is my absolute favorite.
What can readers expect next from you?
I am currently working on Sonar The Cyclone, book # 2 of the Sonar Series. Also Defiance of Destin, my intro fairy novella for the Ruby of Light series.
Where can readers find you on the web?
Would you like to leave readers with a little teaser or excerpt from the book?
Work was busy this evening and it was a welcome distraction. I worked as a waitress with Ebony at the Burger Grill. It was a small, family-owned diner. It had been around for over forty years. Ebony had gotten me on a few weeks ago.
“How was your day?” Ebony asked as we were putting our aprons on.
“I’m getting used to the flow of school. How was yours?”
“It will be better once this shift is over. I’m bloated and cramping today.”
“Did you take some medicine?”
“Yes, but it hasn’t kicked in yet. Any luck with J?”
“Not sure. We talked some.”
“At least he is talking with you. It’s a good sign.”
“I hope so.”
“People are getting seated in our sections. We’d better get to our tables,” she said.
We tended to our tables, and around an hour later, Ebony tapped me on my shoulder.
“Look what the cat dragged in. I sat him in your section,” she said and giggled. I saw Jason across the room, sitting with his brother and sister.
“Thanks a lot,” I said, sarcastically. Now I would have to face him again.
“You’re welcome,” she replied still laughing and walked off.
I took in a deep breath and went to their table.
“Hi guys, I’m Melanie. What can I get for you this evening?”
Jason looked up in surprise and blushed slightly, making my stomach do a somersault. Their sister said, “Hi Melanie. We get to formally meet now, I’m Harmony. And I will have a Coke.”
She and her brother did look exactly alike. “Are you guys twins?” I blurted out.
“Yes,” her brother replied. “Nice to meet you, Melanie. I’m Jaden. How do you like Cashmere so far?”
“It’s okay, but slightly different from school in Australia.”
“I love your accent,” Jaden said.
“Thanks.” Jaden was handsome, but his brother was gorgeous.
“Melanie, how long have you been working here? My siblings and I come here often,” Jason interrupted and appeared to give his brother an evil glare.
“For just a few weeks.”
He looked like wanted to ask something else but didn’t.
“What can I get you guys to drink?” I didn’t want to stand there making goo-goo eyes at him.
“I will have a Coke,” Jaden said.
“And I will have a Sprite,” Jason replied.
“Coming right up.”
I brought them back their drinks, took their food order, and took care of my other tables. A little while later Ebony stood next to me, waiting on her order.
“I’ve noticed he keeps staring at you.”
“You know who. Jason.”
“Don’t you have tables to tend to?” I replied playfully.
“I just thought you should know.”
She winked at me and took her food order. He was eating a French fry. Gosh, he even looked sexy doing that. He caught my eye and signaled for me to come over.
“We’d like the check, please,” Harmony said.
“Sure,” I answered, pulling out the bill and placing it on the table.
“So Melanie, are you seeing anyone?” Jaden asked.
Excuse me! He was very direct. I had just met him. Harmony giggled, and Jason turned red. I cleared my throat. “No, not at the moment. Why?”
“Maybe we can hang out sometimes,” he replied with a smile. He leaned back and folded his arms behind his head, waiting for an answer. Harmony was amused, and Jason looked aggravated.
“Um no. Absolutely not.”
“Geez, well why not?”
“Because Ebony’s my friend first off, and second, I have my eye on someone else.”
“Oh, sorry. I didn’t know you guys were friends,” he replied, looking remorseful.
“Yeah, we are good friends,” I said, walking off.
I went to the kitchen and glanced back at their table. Harmony and Jason were laughing. Jaden appeared annoyed. Served him right. It was obvious he thought he was Mr. Casanova.
“What was Jaden talking to you about?” Ebony asked.
“Nothing much, the usual. He noticed my accent and wondered where I was from,” I lied. I wasn’t about to tell her he was flirting. He did apologize when he realized we were friends though, so maybe he wasn’t a total douche. I glanced back over to my section, but they were gone.
* * *
After my shift I stopped at the corner store. There were only a few cars in the parking lot, and no one in sight. I headed to my car, and hit the alarm. Before I could get the door open someone grabbed me from behind. I struggled against them, and fought with all my might, but he dragged me into the side alley. Another person charged from the side, and then something hit me in the head. I fell to the ground, and touched my throbbing wound. It was dark with only the side light from the building, so I couldn’t see the blood clearly. But I could feel the liquid stickiness on my fingers. I squinted in the dim light, straining to see my attackers, but I couldn’t see any facial features. They were blurry. They appeared to be males with short hair, and their broad body frame.
“Leave me alone!”
One man’s response was a kick to my stomach. I gasped and cringed in pain. Why was this happening to me? I had been told that burglaries and assault hardly ever happened on this side of town. Me and my rotten luck were going to make the crime rate sky rocket. Taking a deep breath, I gathered my courage, and tried to get up. One of the men pushed me back down. I saw an object in his hand, the silver color bounced off of the light. It was a knife. I had to find a way out of this. Heat pulsed through my body as I glared into his eyes. And fear consumed me with the black depths of them, dark as midnight. The other man held me down, and I fought to get out of his grasp. The one with the blade leaned closer to me. He didn’t have on a mask, but I still couldn’t make out his features. He was faceless. He thrust the blade against my neck. The pain was sharp, and tears sprang into my eyes.
“Please stop! Why are you doing this?”
He snorted. “Because the greater good has preordained it.”
Before I could contemplate his strange explanation he slit the knife against my throat.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey
The Sonar Series
Published April 25th 2014
Number of Pages: 240
True Love may cost a price, if the greater good preordains that you are the sacrifice.
There are always two sides to a story. Melanie Wilhelm's begins after she moves from Australia and starts her senior year at Cashmere High. On her first day, she bumps into a mysterious guy, and they form an instant connection. They become friends and he shares his deepest secret with her. As they grow closer, their relationship amplifies and becomes binding. Strange things occur, but instead of worrying, Melanie's feelings intensify.
The excitement of New Year's Eve approaches, and so does Jason's most devastating revelation of all. She learns his ultimate truth and is now spun into his chaotic web. The danger rises and hard choices must be made. By being with Jason, Melanie may have to sacrifice more than her heart. It may cost her life.
Melanie's Evanescent Journey ties into books one and two of The Sonar Trilogy. From spiraling twists to devastating plots, her journey will make you question fate and true love.
Is fate something you can control? Some believe it's in the hands of what you behold.
About the Author:
I have wanted to be an author since I was fifteen years old and grateful to have accomplished this dream. I have three wonderful children and a husband who defines the person I am today. I work full-time as an Ultrasound technologist in Sugarland, Texas.
I have very vivid dreams and a wild imagination. I like to read, watch tons of TV shows, and movies. I’m addicted to romance and get a thrill out of action and suspense. I write New Adult Fantasy and Sci-fi
In the Sonar series it was fun to explore different elements of Sci-fi romance and create various realms of powers for my characters. I want to show my readers that Sci-fi can be fun, but also traumatic. I hope you guys enjoy the Sonar Series.
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