Q: You have several titles published by Eternal Press. What can you tell readers about your series and what relation your novels may have to each other?
A: I have three books published by Eternal Press. SILENT HEART, SILENT MADNESS, and SILENT BLOOD. They compose "The Silent Vampire Trilogy." Book one begins the story as Sarah Abbott learns of the immortal world by accident. It spans a relationship turned marriage with an immortal and opens up a new dimensional twist in the vampire world. The ending leaves you with the need to hear the story Carter is willing to finally reveal to his wife, Sarah. Book two begins where book one left off and ends with yet another cliff hanger urging you to seek the third and final book. I incorporated many unique turns of events that have not been explored in the vampire folklore. I added ghosts and factual information from the distant past to make the story more realistic and believable.
Q: What is your favorite writing environment?
A: I usually write at my bar in my kitchen when it is quiet, usually after my husband goes to work. However, I have written deep into the night and early morning hours upstairs at my desk wringing out the last bits of thoughts and words from my head before going to sleep at night. When my head is filled with ideas I can't seem to turn them off until I get them into the computer.
Q: Can you give us a book blurb from your novel, or perhaps a tantalizing plot concept that your readers will love?
A: Sarah Abbott is searching for answers to nightmares she has about her deceased family and a specific house that haunts her dreams. She accidently discovers her Great-great-grandfather; a vampire. He isn't your run-of-the-mill vampire. She immediately adjusts to the thought of immortality and meets the rest of her family of vampires. A friend of the family who happens to have been her Guardian Vampire for fourteen years requests an invitation into her life. From that moment on she is helplessly in love with Carter. They marry but before they do he agrees to participate in an experiment that changes their lives. Of course, there has to be the element of evil and that is where Victor comes in. Carter's nemesis causes havoc and Carter has to return to what he knows best to protect his family. ( I can't reveal the facts as it would give away an important feature in the story.) An unborn child becomes the obsession of everyone and how to protect it becomes the mission of the family. Books two and three continue the saga bringing in new vampires and leaving some behind to their demise. In the end we are put in a position to make a life-saving, life-ending decision. You are asked the questions: What would you do? Is the correct decision made? How will it affect the outcome of the story? The existence of those involved will be changed, compromised. You are left with making your own assumptions. But never fear, a sequel is in the works to help you resolve the final decision.
Q: Who are your literary influences?
A: I have always been inspired by the mother of all vampire stories: Anne Rice. I have read Charlene Harris but have trouble with fairies and shape-shifters. I also try to write using language that will not be offensive. Stephanie Meyer is good but I wanted to lift my readers out of high school and use more adult influence. I don't use werewolves but they were a magical part of the Twilight saga. I also wanted to keep my books short and not become a rambler inviting boredom. I have incorporated ghosts and have dabbled into the witch arena.
Q: Why do you write, and what compels you to continue writing?
A: I write because it lets me enter another dimension where you can make it as real or as weird as you like. You can mold characters into your own creations and give them specific personalities. I have written short stories since I was in high school. Sometimes I suffer writer's block just like everyone else. Right now I am writing the sequel to my trilogy and I am coming upon some rough spots that seem to have me stumped. I want to bring my readers a good quality story. Keeping the interest of the reader depends largely on the flow of the story. I may write and rewrite a chapter until I feel it is good enough for my readers. I also write a book each year for my grandson for his birthday dedicating it to him. Each year the writing has progressed as he matures. We are now into chapter books. I plan to have the latest book published as a children's book. What most readers don't know about my Silent Vampire Trilogy is that characters are my deceased relatives. I did extensive research into my family tree and found some unusual information that I incorporated into my books. I have used real names, birth and death dates and my hometown as basis for my story. If you look at my web site you will find pictures of my deceased relatives/characters. I don't claim that my relatives were vampires but it makes for an interesting concept. The house that haunts Sarah in my books really does exist in a small town in Indiana. It was my grandparents’ house and to this day it gives me nightmares. Yes, I have used some of my fears to bring a sense of reality to my characters. I believe when you write what you feel you can make it more realistic for the reader. I envision a screen before me and describe what I see. Possibly one day I will be able to watch my story come to life on the "big screen." Until then I will continue doing what I enjoy and hope that my readers will get some enjoyment and entertainment from it as well: writing, writing, writing!