Can you tell us a little about how you started writing; was
it something you have always wanted to do?
Although I’d always been an avid reader, I never expected to
be a writer. Then one day I received a writing challenge
from a teacher. “Write something from the POV of an object,”
she said. I wrote from a book’s POV. The class was stunned.
I nearly had a heart attack reading my short drabble. But
the experience taught me there were many words waiting for
me to express. I’ve been writing ever since.
Are you able to write as much as you would like? Could you
tell us about your writing schedule? What do you enjoy doing
when not writing?
Sadly no. I wish I could sit and write 20 hours a day. Most
days the window of opportunity allows for about 2 hours of
serious writing. Edits have recently taken a greater part of
my writer’s time.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy living in Florida. May seem
bland, but I’m still new to the Florida lifestyle—sunshine,
beaches and balmy breezes. There is still much to be
Who or what has been the biggest influence on your writing?
Who has been your biggest support?
Believe it or not, this is a tough question. That’s because
I want to give credit where credit is due. I believe my
earliest influence guiding me into a paranormal genre is
that old childhood standby—Disney. Two stories stayed with
me into adulthood. The Three Lives of Thomasina (1964) and
Mary Poppins (1964). Both had touches of paranormal and set
the stage for my love of magical worlds.
By today’s standards, I would have to say the greatest
influence in my writing has been Diana Gabaldon’s epic time
travel series which originated with OUTLANDER. She intrigued
me with her plot, prose and wry humor.
My biggest supporter through the process of writing
CONCENTRIC CIRCLES was Lisa MacDonald. She is a very
talented writer and imparted guidance and wisdom while
answering so many of my questions regarding writing and
Most authors are avid readers; what is your favorite genre
to read? What titles would we see in your TBR pile?
My mood guides which genre I enjoy next. Recently, I had the
pleasure of reading Charlotte Chalmers’ THE MADNESS OF CELIA
SUMMERS. I laughed so much my sides hurt. Apparently that
day I needed a good dose of humor.
Other times a touch of suspense is called for. My current
TBR list includes Maggie Toussaint’s HOUSE OF LIES. I’ve
owned it for awhile and haven’t had to time to read.
Last, but never least, paranormal time travel. There are two
I’m itching to delve into. Skhye Montcrief’s HE OF THE FIERY
SWORD and Sky Purington’s DESTINY’S DENIAL.
What do you feel are the essential elements of a great
Character growth, strong plot conflict and its resolution. I
love a happy ending.
Congratulations, readers and reviewers are excited about the
December 2007 release of IN A HEARTBEAT, a Faery Rosette
from Wild Rose Press. Could you tell us what inspired this
Writer’s block! Lol ‘Tis true. I was working on another
project and was terribly stuck. It was actually the first
time I experienced WB to such an extent. So, to resolve the
problem I closed my eyes and began typing another story
completely unrelated to what I’d been working on. Malik
revealed himself. That’s why IN A HEARTBEAT is written from
Readers are anxiously awaiting the release of CONCENTRIC
CIRCLES, a magical fantasy coming soon from Murmaid
Publishing. Could you tell us a little about the project? A
sneak peek perhaps?
Yes, I’m excited, too. I love this story of soul love,
danger and adventure. Shayla and Meekal became such an
important part of my days while writing CONCENTRIC CIRCLES.
Sometimes it was like they were in the room with me. I
learned new magical concepts and applications during this
Here’s a sneak peek. I’d like to focus here on Shayla’s
experience as she learns that Syther (wicked, sadistic
wizard) has just heard of her arrival in Glastonbury,
England. This is detrimental to his plan to destroy the last
of the Chilkwell line—a legacy of Fae living this side of
the magical veil. Shayla is present in the room, but
In an abrupt motion, Syther sat in a wing chair before the
fireplace. He crossed
left leg over the right knee and began tapping his boot with
the bone wand. Black brows came down in wrath. Tap…tap…tap.
Tension presaged each impact with a threat of malice.
Like a roaring waterfall, dread crashed in an overpowering
sensation. Shayla was sure this scene would play out in
Those infernal taps, ominous in their resonance,
reverberated in the chamber.
Seamus, gaze focused on the wand, breathed
following its dance conducted by ringed fingers against a
black leather boot.
His voice riddled with imminent threat, Syther said, “I’ve
already been told this, Seamus. Perhaps you could enlighten
Still mesmerized by the wand’s movement, Seamus nodded
eagerly. “Woodard was with him and…”
Seamus took a deep breath. “A girl. A Fae.”
Shayla crossed her arms to keep from trying to hit the berk.
Not just a letch, but an idiot, too. She growled at the
Sheitan yawned and rested
large head on large front paws, blinking up at the humans.
Apparently, the news incited more anger; it oozed from
Syther like venom.
Seamus stepped back, sweat beading on his forehead.
Like a spectral demon, Syther rose from his seat, casting a
menacing posture and shadow over the chamber. “There are no
Fae left. Only Chilkwell! You lie!”
Seamus, shuddering and shaking his head rapidly, insisted,
“No. Never. She could move fast like lightning. She was
strong. Ask Dragar!” Seamus’ voice trailed away on the
“Dragar said nothing about her prowess or being Fae. You
Shayla could see the aura of terror
Seamus, almost a black, hazy mist. Never having seen
someone’s aura, she studied it curiously. It pulsated around
him in high energy, spiking outward at the edges. She
blinked, trying to eradicate the vision. No, still there. A
quick shake of her head didn’t change the situation.
Booted feet shuffled back even further. Seamus sent a
fearful glance between Sheitan and Syther. “Never, I said.
Why lie about that? Dragar lies by omission,” he insisted,
hands flashing in nervous energy as he spoke. “She is Fae. I
“That’s impossible!” Syther lost his cool, strode across the
library and pulled an old tome from a high shelf. Irascible
muttering came under his breath. The large volume landed on
the desk with a heavy thump. Syther’s nimble fingers flicked
the bone wand, twirling it like a baton. Pages flipped in
Her eyes locked on the motion of flashing bone. The
firelight gave it an eerie glow. The action almost
hypnotized her until she realized Syther was reciting a
list. Her lips tightened, teeth grinding in stubborn
concentration trying to hear.
“Altheworld, de Portham, Radfourd, Blankenshippe, Hayes.” He
stopped pacing, hand now gripping the wand and turned to
Seamus. “What else can you tell me?”
“She—sh, ugh.” Seamus swallowed audibly. “She had the—the
The white wand came up. Syther’s lip rose in an angry sneer.
Readers are captivated by the magical world you have
created. Tell us about the challenges you face in world
building with paranormal elements and making it work with
the ideas you have in mind for the progression of your
characters and stories? How much research is involved?
First, the research aspect. Glastonbury, England was an easy
choice. Its history is filled with magical legends beyond
those of Avalon and King Arthur. Researching the Chalice
Well was a true pleasure. The timeless nature of its
existence and the cultural old ways of believing in the
sacredness of the wells tied in perfectly to my story.
The challenge then became integrating modern characters with
a history of spiritual pilgrims traveling to the Well, its
healing waters and the essence of magical power it provides
for the story.
A magical power that required Guardians. That’s where the
Chilkwell family comes into play.
Could you give us some insight into the mythology of your
Fae that is the thread to connect your novels?
When I first read this question I wondered if Black Bryan
Chilkwell was guiding you as you created this interview.
;o) He is the Chilkwell Legacy Sire and main thread of
connection that will tie all my novels together.
Black Bryan’s character became one of the most important.
It’s funny looking back now because he drove me nuts in his
‘muse’ persona. Wanted to arrive in the story sooner. These
events occur in CIRCLE OF FIRE and I was sure everything
needed to meld perfectly first. He bugged me so much that
one day I sat down and wrote his arrival at Glastonbury. ;o)
Then I promptly shoved him off his horse. Yes, that precious
moment is still there waiting for readers to experience.
His story will be told in the next book, CIRCLE OF FIRE, due
for release next year.
However, since he is an immortal changeling Fae Prince, he
does make an appearance in CONCENTRIC CIRCLES, chapter 13,
Separate Ways. During Meekal’s blackest story moment
he shares his worried thoughts with his ancestor. Here’s a
tidbit from Black Bryan after Meekal passes out from
drinking too much Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky.
“Ah, my son. The forlorn heart. Love is a splendor, once ye
accept its potency.” Black Bryan tapped his own chest, and
fingers on the pendant under his shirt. “I never told ye
because I could only hope ye’d be so lucky.”
The concentric circles sterling piece against his skin
marked him as Fae royalty and provided the only means for
separation from his soul love that proved bearable.
He shook Meekal’s shoulder. “Up ye go, son. A man must walk
to his own bed regardless of how buckled he gets.”
Meekal shook with drunken laughter, momentarily coming out
of his stupor. “Buckled? Geez Bry, you’re a walkin’
thesaurus.” He belched, sending the recycled aromatic
“Regardless, it’s still just plain ole drunk. Chaeli will
flay us both.”
Meekal grinned drunkenly and pressed an index finger to
pursed lips. “Our secret.”
Yes, CC is an endearing love story. But having close knit
family around for support is a nice touch.
Do you feel your writing is character driven or plot driven?
How do you balance these two elements?
Definitely character driven. As far as balance goes, I find
that if I listen to my characters and follow along, the
story resolves itself. Some would say I’m a ‘pantser’ when I
write. I prefer the term ‘flying in the mists’ because as a
paranormalist it fits much better.
You write wonderfully endearing characters; could you tell
us about their development? Who has been your favorite
character to write?
Thank you. The process of development happened over a period
of several months. I actually had to go back and change some
of the story because several of the characters grew.
Shayla most particularly. She went from being angry and
frightened about her magic (she was forbidden by her mother
to use magic at a young age) to wielding her power with
Meekal was fun to write because he has inner strength,
gentleness, an off the wall sense of humor and a potent
determination to protect the sacred power of the Chalice
Well. It was amazing to put him in a deep love situation and
watch him mature into that role. (I had to write him as a 15
year old first outside of CONCENTRIC CIRCLES for back story
Favorite? Yikes! I liked the way Shayla’s character
progressed. So, I’d have to say she comes out on top of my
fav list. She’s a pleasure to write and still often
The folklore of the Fae has long captured the imagination of
readers. Why do you feel it is such a popular theme in the
paranormal romance genre? What is it about this genre that
captures your imagination?
Ah, the broad spectrum of human imagination…
“You’re saying magic doesn’t have limits,” Shayla said,
a thoughtful tone.
“Aye. Einstein said, ‘Imagination is more important than
knowledge.’ Magic follows the limitations of human
“Boundless,” she murmured.
Couldn’t resist inserting that magical moment. I love the
possibilities of creation open to writers who give us
stories about the Fae. Individual interpretations truly know
no limits. I believe that’s why the genre is so popular.
Readers love an escape. Add in romance, magic and adventure
you have a marvelous combination.
How would you describe the sensuality level in your books?
Do you find it difficult to write love scenes?
The sensual scenes between Shayla and Meekal are hot. In the
story everything happens very fast, so I wrote them with
high intensity because when a relationship burns so quickly,
in my mind it wouldn’t be mild mannered.
No. I find them rather easy. If something doesn’t work or
look right, I can insert changes later thanks to our
Your work so far has been written in the fantasy genre; is
there a genre you haven’t written but would like to try?
I tried to write a story without magic once. A wicked witch
walked into it midway through. Lol! It’s currently resting
in a file on my flash drive.
In all seriousness, I’d love to write a straight
historical—no time travel or ghostly apparitions. It would
most likely center around the Civil War. History is one of
my great loves and I’ve found the real stories of people’s
struggles for survival during this time period amazing.
Could you tell us about your current projects, what can
readers expect to see in the coming months?
I’m currently working on three projects. There are two
novellas: TIME CROSSED LOVERS and TWIN HEARTS ON HONEYMOON
ISLE. (2 stories with a family connection)
The third project is CIRCLE OF FIRE, a follow-up to
CONCENTRIC CIRCLES. It will be a time travel. Shayla must go
back in time to learn the beginnings and essence of her
ancestral magical line. Much will be revealed about her and
also the Chilkwell legacy. Yes, Meekal will be there, too.
CIRCLE OF FIRE will be released in 2009.
Thank you, Aithne, for taking time out to talk to us. Where
can readers find out what’s new and how can they contact
Thank you, Dee for this interview. I enjoyed your questions
very much. ;o)
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