If you have the time to answer a few questions for a short interview I would appreciate it.

Hello, S! Thank you for inviting me to interview with you. I’m honored to be here.

 1. When did you decide to become a writer?

Writing is a new development for me. I have a Type-A analytical mind, a business background, and a passionate love for reading from the moment I could. After being career focused for well over a decade, I rekindled my love for stories on pages and took a swan dive back into reading romance. A few months later came my first interest in writing, which was the summer of 2010.

 2. Who inspires you to write?

I’m very lucky to have a muse for my soul mate. Although he embodies the characteristics of an alpha, he’s also innately attuned to the creative and arts in the world around us. When we first met, he became my tour guide into an entire sphere of culture I’d not yet been exposed to. We constantly turn even mundane activities into adventures, discovering new aspects as if through the eyes of a child, tasting the richness life has to offer. {whispers} He’s also kinda hot too. 😉

3. Favorite book? Favorite author?

Actually, I have a few who are favorites and have inspired my writing or life philosophies.

With regard to Highlander novels and authors who inspired me to write them, there were two. Judith McNaught’s A Kingdom of Dreams was my first Highlander romance. Julie Garwood’s Ransom was the next Highlander romance that blew me away. Both books I’ve read more than once, and I highly recommend them.

In the paranormal realm, J.R. Ward, with her artfully executed paranormal Black Dagger Brotherhood Series, and Karen Marie Moning, in her unparalleled urban fantasy Fever Series, have both inspired me to write more complex stories and deeper characters.

In contemporary romance, Sylvain Reynard penned two amazing contemporary romance novels about faith, love, and redemption. Gabriel’s Inferno and Gabriel’s Rapture are both new favorite books of mine. Reynard has become an inspiration in how he uses his author platform to support and bring awareness to charities. His influence was an integral part of the foundation for Utterly Loved and inspired a greater purpose for the proceeds of my writing, further explained on my Charity Support and Awareness page.

A treasure I stumbled across and cherish? Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Her writing is an incredible reflection on finding happiness as we discover who we are. The journey she takes us on is a coming-of-age story not defined by the number of years in our life, but in the happiness we find within it.

4. How did you come up with the idea for Forged in Dreams and Magick?

 The idea struck into my mind like most of my creativity—with the sudden intensity of a lightning bolt. In the aftermath, as everything still sizzled and snapped, I wrote. Furiously.

The foundations for the idea likely came from a mix of my love of Highlander romances and my passion for paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The blend turned into a magickal Highland world!

5. Future projects?

There is already a spin-off series planned from the Highland Legends Series, but it will be a modern-day paranormal romance leaning toward urban fantasy.

I also have two other stand-alone story ideas that will be written in the future. One is a contemporary erotic romance. The other is a coming-of-age contemporary romance.

6. Release date for the second book in the series?

The holiday novella, Bound by Wish and Mistletoe, releases November 4, 2013, which is just six weeks after Forged in Dreams and Magick’s release date of September 23, 2013.

The second full-length novel, Born of Mist and Legend will be released in the fall of 2014.

 7. How many books will the series have?

The Highland Legends Series is three full-length novels plus the 47,000 word holiday novella.

8. Each book will have different characters or you will continue to use the ones you already created? 

The main novels in the story capture the romances of the main characters amid escalating events in their enchanted world, ultimately leading up to significant historical event set to spill into a modern-day battle. The first book introduces us to at least one (if not both) main characters in the upcoming books, with a few exciting new characters in the future installments.

9. A message for your readers?

I would like to thank you and your readers for the incredible support your community has shown independent authors. As a new author, being welcomed with open arms by those who love the adventure found in great stories is heartfelt and deeply appreciated.

Thank you for your time!

Thank you, S! I appreciate the opportunity to be here today.