I was born and raised in South Western Ontario, Canada, where I still live. I married my first and only boyfriend and we have two young, very ambitious children. My seven year old decided three years ago that she wants to be a volcanologist when she grows up. My four year old has high aspirations of being a dishwasher when he grows up. The machine kind. He’s very specific.
I love to cook, bake, read, and dream about traveling the world.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
I have been writing stories as long as I can remember, but I never entertained the thought of writing for a living. I was very focused on what career could provide for my eventual family, (I was married very young).
I continued to write, even while I was working a day job and raising my family, until one day, two friends of mine encouraged me to send my work into a publisher.
Now, writing as afforded me the opportunity to work at home. I am thrilled to be able to do something I love, while being able to spend much more time with my family.
What is your most interesting writing quirk?
One thing that people tend to find very quirky is that I can’t write in silence. Okay, that not’s very quirky, I know. However, if I listen to music or television in either English or French, I find myself typing the lyrics instead of dialogue.
So, what do I listen to? Korean pop music! The music is catchy, I can understand maybe 10% of what they’re singing, (so I have an idea of what the songs are about) but I don’t speak enough to actually copy the lyrics.
The Wolf’s Tiger is book number three in the Pack Mate’s series. It features Gray, who was introduced in Micah’s Refuge, and a new character, Shannon Cho. Shannon gets very defensive over his name, because he is, indeed, a man.
For those who enjoyed Called to Mate and Micah’s Refuge, you’ll be happy to know that Declan and Quinn, as well as Shea and Micah, are featured in this book.
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
We first met Gray when I was writing about Shea and Micah. I immediately fell in love with him and knew he had to have his story written.
When I finally sat down to write his book, I was surprised when he popped up and showed me three little girls and a tiger. I knew he was comfortable in his sexuality and was quite aware that he’d never slept with a single woman. He was a “gold star gay,” as one of my gay friend’s put it. So I was a little stymied as to where these kids came from.
The more I let Gray tell me his story, the easier it became.
The tiger shifter did his fair share of popping, and soon, I had a finished book.
Can you share with us your current work(s) in progress?
I’m currently working on the Pack Mate’s book 4. It features Michael and a character we meet in The Wolf’s Tiger.
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
You want me to choose just one? Why don’t you just drive a stake into my heart?
If I have to choose just one author, it would have to be J.R. Ward. Of course, I would probably fan girl, stare stupidly and possibly ask for a lock of her hair. Okay, I’m not that bad. Maybe.
Her Black Dagger Brotherhood series is simply superb. If you haven’t read them yet, pick them up. You won’t be sorry!
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
My advice seems a little counterproductive but it’s something I’ve learned the hard way. Here it is: Know When To Quit.
This means a number of different things but there are two that stand out the most to me. Know when to quit revising. Honestly, I could work on a single book for the rest of my life but if I did that, nothing would ever get published. At some point, you need to put down your red pen and send your baby into the black hole called the internet.
The second meaning this has is a bit more drastic. Sometimes, you have to know when to quit writing the manuscript that just won’t move forward. Maybe you need to axe a scene. Maybe a chapter. I’ve gotten half way through a book, struggling with it the entire time, only to finally scrap the whole thing.
This just about killed me. I had spent months on this particular book and it just wasn’t working. Once I finally came to grips with what I had to do, I put the mess in a file and started something new. That something new was Micah’s Refuge.
Can you share with us something off your bucket list.
It is my dream to travel the world. I am enchanted with history and dream of touring Scotland, Ireland, and England. I would love to walk in the footsteps of all the people I have read about. And what author doesn’t want to visit the home of Shakespeare?
But I am also fascinated with the future and dream of visiting Tokyo, Japan, and Seoul, South Korea. Both cities are a mix of rich history and glimpses of the future.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
Have I mentioned that I love J.R. Ward? I can’t wait until March for the release of The King. I wish I had a time machine so I could go forward in time and grab my copy now.
Is it possible to get addicted to books? Seriously, I think I need help.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
There is one question that I get asked all the time, and I would love to answer it now. The question is when are Adam and Cullen going to get their book?
They already have one! It’s a short story in the Beneath a Spring Moon collection from Liquid Silver Books.
Also, thank you for hosting me today. I had a hoot answering all the questions and would love to hear more from your readers.
The Wolf’s Tiger
Release Date: Dec. 23, 2013
Genre: Male/Male paranormal, shifter, Pack Mates #3
All Grayson Mitchell, a wolf shifter, wants to do is raise his nieces in peace and maybe get a full night’s sleep while he’s at it. But between his job as an emergency room nurse and the demands of the three little girls, sleep seems far off. He needs someone who can help him out with the girls, and a nanny seems like the ideal solution.
Shannon Cho is a tiger shifter who was banished from his pride for being too powerful. But he doesn’t want to lead. He wants to devote his life to children. Answering an ad for a nanny is the opportunity he’s been waiting for.
But what happens when the two men cross the line between employer and employee? Will love flourish? Or will the secret that’s been kept from the Smooth Rock Falls pack tear everything apart?