If you are a Science Fiction fan, suspense, or thriller fan and love a well-told action packed story full of twists and interesting characters, then this is a read for you!!!
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada. My son is grown, and a soldier in the Canadian Military. When I’m not writing I work as a cashier and Peer Recruiter for a major grocery chain. I’m a “kitty mama” to a loveable and exasperating feline named Chirpa. And I’m addicted to Tim Horton’s Double Double’s and Starbuck’s Vanilla Blond roast coffees 😉
How long have you been writing and what inspired you to begin writing? I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember in one form or another. I think I still have a few of my grade school attempts in a box somewhere. Andre Norton and J.R.R Tolkien were my biggest inspiration. The stories and worlds they created fired my imagination and made me want to do that.
What is the last book you read? Demon Chained by Erica Hayes.
Which writers inspire you? J.D. Robb, Andre Norton, J.R.R Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Dan Simmons, Neil Gaiman, Ted Bell, Clive Cussler….umm….there are too many more to mention 😉
Where did you get the idea from for your novel, “The Cartel”? The Cartel is the second book in a series called The Assassin Journals – Book 1, Hunter, was actually inspired by a first line prompt on a writing site I used to belong to. That first line has since changed, but the character it spawned has gone and taken on a life of his own. Lol
Can you tell us something about the story? I’d rather not give anything away. Personal redemption is probably the overriding theme. That, and the value of friendship.
Who do you think will like reading your book and what other novels do you think are similar to it? I think of it as being very much a “guy” book, mostly because the protagonist is such an “anti-hero”, but that doesn’t mean women won’t enjoy it as well. I try not to compare my writing to that of another author, and I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. It’s just that every writer tells their own story in, hopefully, their own unique way.
Are you working on a new book or story at the moment? I’m currently working on the 3rd book of the Assassin Journals series which is entitled Araki Storm, and I’m also working on a Paranormal Fantasy called Thief.
Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? Don’t quit. Be your own biggest fan. Read lots!
Good reviews, mixed reviews, bad reviews – what are your thoughts on each of those? Every author loves to see good reviews, we all like that pat on the back and to know we’ve done well. Bad reviews can take the wind out of an author’s sails, but there is usually something positive to be found even in the worst review. I think it’s important to remember that reviews are personal opinions and that as a writer you’re never going to please everyone. I think you should take all reviews in the spirit in which they were intended and try not to be offended if someone doesn’t get it.
Snippet from Cartel:
Bane Landryar and his posse created quite a stir when they walked into the Orion to meet with me.
He and his boys handed over their blasters without a fuss, but they refused to relinquish their blades—Araki Drethvyr are considered sacred; no living warrior in his right mind would willingly give them up without a fight. D’lal might have insisted, but Rachmar had the good sense to let it go. Big as he was, a battle with three pissed off Araki wasn’t something he was crazy enough to initiate. Korsin kept a series of VIP rooms at the back of the bar; I invited them there to chat.
Tall and lean, oozing testosterone tinged with a hint of menace, Bane cut a swath through the crowded club. Men stepped aside, allowing him to pass—even Argol Hoyt and his bandits had the presence of mind to respectfully withdraw. The women were a little less subtle in their admiration, and I noticed more than one hungry female gaze linger on him as he strode by.