Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am a USA Today best selling author with Vamptasy Publishing. I primarily write dark fantasy with paranormal romance and horror elements. I currently have four full length novels and numerous anthologies available on Amazon. My ‘Being Mrs. Dracula’ series has been my most successful project. ‘Being Mrs. Dracula’ and ‘Being Dracula’s Widow’ are available now. Book three, ‘Being Dracula’s Heir’, will be available 7-16-2020.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Being Dracula’s Heir. It was inspired as a continuation of my series. After the events of the first two books, Valeria is looking to start over. She does this in New York City and we rejoin her in the height of the Roaring Twenties. I have always been fascinated by this era, the glamour and destruction that followed with the Great Depression. I wanted the events of the story to parallel actual historical events. It has always been my goal with this series to make it as believable as possible that these characters exist(ed) in the real world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I am meticulous when it comes to selecting music to play in the background while I write. Each book has a playlist and each has at least one song by my favorite band, 10 Years. I also have instrumental playlists set to different moods, depending on the feel of the scene.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I remember my earliest influence was Dean Koontz. My mother and I would read his books together when I was a teenager. I feel in love with dark, yet smart, storytelling.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on book for of the ‘Being Mrs. Dracula’ series, tentatively titled ‘Formerly Mrs. Dracula’.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have found email/ newsletter blasts to be very helpful.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t try to be the next anyone other than yourself. You have to be brave and find your own voice, tell your own stories, and if it scares you, you’re on the right track. Keep going.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“The Daydreamer’s nightmare is to never even try.” That is a line from my favorite song, ’11 am Daydreamer’ by my favorite band, 10 Years. That song has helped me find my courage time and time again. I have that line tattooed on my forearm to remind myself every time I see it.
What are you reading now?
Currently, I am re-reading the Starblood series by my dear friend, Carmilla Voiez. I wanted a refresher before reading the new book in her series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am going to continue the ‘Being Mrs. Dracula’ series as long as the story line continues to be strong and not forced. I am also launching a new series in October 2020. it is the ‘Scorned Women’ series and will start with a retelling of the story of Medusa.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, Dracula by Bram Stoker, Winter Moon by Dean Koontz.