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1. Could you tell us a bit about yourself?
I'm married with two teenagers so I have unlimited texting :) and I have a black cat named Valek. I've been writing for the past 17 years and have 9 books published since 2005. I enjoy playing volleyball and doing photography and have a Bachelor's Degree in Meteorology from Penn State and a Masters Degree in Writing from Seton Hill University.
2. Who were your biggest influences?
I always loved to read and I started reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries, followed by Dick Francis and Agatha Christie - so my earliest influences were mysteries. I think Dick Francis had the biggest impact since I write first person point of view and like to end my chapters with little mini-cliff hangers to keep my readers...er...reading :) I've gotten many a late night email from a reader "yelling" at me for keeping her up all night ;> I'm not sorry. Not at all.
3. If you could have a different career what would it be?
A criminal psychologist - I find the criminal mind fascinating!
4. How do you always manage to write a great cast of characters?
Thank you for the compliment. I don't stress too much about my characters, they develop on the page as I'm writing and I find out all fun things about them as the story progresses. They always manage to surprise me and I always make sure to focus on the characters when crafting a story - IMO they are the MOST IMPORTANT aspect of any story. Because if you don't care about the characters you don't care about the plot.
5. What is your favorite movie?
The Princess Bride - it has it all - swords, horses, action, mystery, suspense, pirates, giants, romance, and ROUSs what's not to love?
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7. Are there going to be new books for the Study and Glass series?
Eventually - I'd like to do another story about Yelena and Valek, but this time focusing on Valek's point of view, with flashbacks to his past.
8. What is your next book? What's it about? When is it coming out?
My next book is SCENT OF MAGIC. It's the second book in the Healer Series. The story picks up about a week after TOUCH OF POWER ends. Avry's going to take advantage of her new "status" (I don't want to give it away) and go undercover. All out war between Estrid and Tohon is on the edge of breaking out and trouble brews from the northern wildlands. This book will be different than my others as there will be scenes from Kerrick's point of view as well as Avry's.
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