Jeanne, I want to thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. You’re very welcome; it’s a pleasure to be here.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Where to start? Well, I grew up in a small town in Maryland where I met the other half of my soul. Marriage, children, grandchildren, and writing has kept me busy ever since. I guess you can say that I’m average. I love sappy movies, but I also love the fast paced ones that feature lots of ‘SPLOSIONS. (I heard that word on the radio and made it mine.) I’m an avid reader as long as the story is well written and can hold my attention.
When did you begin writing? Funny story, at least I think so. About 20 years ago, I was reading this book and thought to myself “This is bad.” I mean, really bad as in I wanted to toss it in the trash bad. Anyway, I was telling my sister about how bad this book was and she said, “Why don’t you write a book?” And I thought, “Why not? How hard can it be to write a book?” (Go ahead all you authors out there. Laugh. I do every time I think about it.) Long story short, I’ve been writing for 20 years.
What inspires you to write and why? So many things inspire me. A song on the radio, an unusual name on a name tag, dreams, the actions of those around me. I’m an observer of people. If I see something that captures my attention, I think, where can I put that in my story?
What do you do when you are not writing? I’m guilty of being a gamer. Not your War Of Warcraft type game, but the cute little tap games you can download onto your iPad. They relax me.
Where did you get your idea for Dragon Lover? My youngest daughter came up with the idea. I’d just gotten another rejection from yet another agent and was thinking I just wasn’t meant to be published. My daughter came into my office and said, “Maybe you should write about dragons.” You have to understand that her room was filled with dragons from a mounted wall light to a dragon handled sword. So I told her, “Why not?” It’s been a ride since then.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I would have to say my message in this book and the rest of the Dragon Hunters series is this. There are people that will come into your life and try to destroy you for no other reason than you’re different. Stand up to them. Embrace who you are. You are not alone.
What are you most proud of accomplishing so far in your life? Beating the odds of today’s society. I married when I was 17 and I’m still going strong. After all, I do write romance, Urban Fantasy romance, but it’s romance. I don’t think I would be where I am today if I didn’t have my best friend/husbands by my side.
Can you share a little of your current work with us? Currently, I’m working on 3 different projects. I’m in the middle of editing the 3rd book in the Dragon Hunters series, Child of the Dragon, due out in the fall of 2013. My grandchildren have been asking for a book they can read, and so began the first of a YA paranormal trilogy. And last but not least, a romantic suspense I’ve been playing around with that has morphed into novel demanding to be seen.
How and where can we purchase your book? You can purchase Dragon Lover now from the links below in both e-book and print. The Dragon Within has been projected to be released October 6th.
Thank you again for inviting me to your blog, and I’d like to close with a question to all your readers. In one word, describe your High School Experience. I’ll be checking in throughout the week and on Thursday the 13th, one lucky commenter will win the print copies of both Dragon Lover and The Dragon Within.