So, I was asked to do an interview for the fans. Here are questions sent to me by email, Facebook, and text.
What inspired you to write your first book?
~ My husband was deployed to Iraq for 10 months and I just decided “What the hell?” So, I wrote a book starring all of my friends and family as some sort of paranormal creature. It took me four months to complete it. I still have it, but do not plan on ever publishing it. It was fun and doesn’t have any rhyme or reason to it, but it was a neat learning experience.
I always compile my notes and sit down to write, but my characters get the best of me and change everything around that I had originally planned. Should I allow them the freedom to do what they want or show them who’s boss?
~ I always start with a basic outline as to what I want to happen, but the characters sometimes want to take on their own twist. I say…let the characters speak for themselves. You can always put your foot down if they get out of hand.
Why do you love music as much as you do?
~Well, music has always been a huge part of my life. My father was in a band in the late sixties, and I sang in my earlier years, but never perused it as career. For me, I listen to music that soothes my soul. I usually listen to Rock, Metal, or Alternative. I like a few country songs, but not much. I LOVE a good blues/rock mix. I was born and raised in Memphis, so the blues is in my blood. My dad’s family is from New Orleans. So, there is the Cajun influence there as well.
When writing, listening to music helps with the flow of the words. Also, I could be listening to a song about a guy traveling, and I get an idea for a woman who refuses to leave her house. So, music inspires a lot of what happens when I write. The music doesn’t necessarily mean anything, but the sound centers me.
What’s on your iPod? Favorites? Guilty Pleasures
~~Well, I have a wide variety on my iPod. I can tell you, my guilty pleasure is a song called 26’s by Chingy. It’s and old one, but I still like it. As far as my favorites, I’d say…Devour The Day, Pop Evil, Shinedown, Black Veil Brides, We as Human, Nonpoint, Of Mice & Men, and Reignwolf.
There are just sooooo many to choose from. I’d say if you are looking for something new and different, then look locally. I support local bands here in Memphis by going to their shows, not as often as I like, but I try.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
~I have always been against abuse and hope that speaking out against it in my books will touch someone who is in need for help. Being abused, you feel as if there is no one out there to help you. In fact, there are several places you can get help, hotlines, family, friends, etc. NEVER let someone beat you down physically or mentally. You are your own person and should never be made to feel that you are not worthy of life. If you have read the Glory Days books, then Glory’s Place is a dream of mine. I’ve always said that if I ever won the lottery, or was at a point in my life where I could financially front an abused women’s shelter, I would open them in areas that are most in need.
Do you see writing as a career?
~Yes. I am at a point in my life where I can spend my time on nothing but writing, and I hope that I can make this dream into a career. As long as I have stories to share, I will continue to write.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
~Several times a week!! There are days when the ideas/voices in my head just…stop. Usually, I back off and take a break. I find something to read or watch on television. When the ideas come back, I am within reach of my laptop or a notebook.
What does your family think of your writing?
~My husband is the most supportive person in my life, next to my best friend and assistant. He understands when I’m in “The Zone” and doesn’t expect me to crawl in bed until well after midnight. Whatever I want to do, he stands behind me and never complains. My kids think I’m weird. They are 12 and 14, so I guess at this age, anything I do is strange to them.
When is your birthday?
Do you have a nickname?
~I have many. “T”…”Tesee”…”MeReesa”…”Reesa”…”Shubby”
Do you ever write in your PJ’s?
~I ALWAYS write in my PJ’s….ALWAYS! But I call them my “comfy clothes” or my “work clothes”
Where is one place in the world that you would really love to visit someday?
~ There are two places. 1st would be Scotland, where my ancestors are from. 2nd would be Australia, just because.
Name an actor, a book character, AND a musician you have a crush on? One each!
~Ohhhhh, man. I can only pick ONE!!!
Actor…..Michael Sheen (Aro in Twilight and Lucan in Underworld)
Book character….Remington Tate
Musician…. Matt DiRito the bassist from Pop Evil
If your book was made into a TV series or Movie, what actors would you like to see playing your characters?
~For Blood & Roses, I have said this a million times, but Jason Momoa for my Dragus.
~For the Glory Days books…I haven’t found actors who look like my characters, but I have a few people who remind me of them. So, here goes:
Ash Martin looks like the model Theo Theodoridis
Reed Sullivan looks like John Abraham
Kane looks like the drummer from W.E.R.M. His name is Nathaniel Mullins.
Gabe (this is a hard one because I can’t find the EXACT person) but a CLOSE resemblance is Andy Biersack, the lead singer for Black Veil Brides (without makeup)
Where can your readers stalk you?
What’s the best thing about being an author?
~Hearing the LOVE from all the fans who have embraced the characters. Your joy makes me so happy! Every time you get excited and share that with me, it makes my day! I LOVE hearing from all of you!
What are some day jobs that you have held?
~I managed a grocery store, was a buyer for a contractor supply company, and was a manager for a national bookseller.
My first job was at a Chinese takeout restaurant taking and filling orders! I loved that job!
Do you have any hobbies?
~I collect autographed books and music memorabilia. My office has built in bookshelves that are full of books that I’ve read, and in that mix, there are several autographed ones. One wall is dedicated to music (my other love). I have autographed CD’s, posters, and a drumstick.
Most exciting thing to happen to you since becoming an author?
~Ha! Well, I’d say, the first was meeting the guys that inspired Reed Sullivan, my character in the Glory Days books. Devour The Day! I, on a whim, contacted them and let them know that their music inspired me. Since then, I have met them and seen them in concert twice. They think that it’s really cool that their music inspired me.
The other thing was doing the whole VIP experience with Nonpoint. My friend and I hung out with them on the bus for a little while and stood on stage while they performed. Those guys are the best!
And lastly, the night I was in Destin, FL, to see Devour The Day, and the drummer for the opening band, W.E.R.M, walked on stage, my mouth fell open because he looked just like my drummer Kane Maddox. I had to honor of meeting Nathaniel “Nastyy Nate” Mullins after the show and told him that I couldn’t believe that he stepped out of my mind and was standing in front of me. The guy was a good sport and loved that I thought he looked like Kane. We have become friends in the process and Kane’s first book is dedicated to him.