Q. Do you have a movie that you must watch every Halloween? What's your favorite scary movie? Do you have a favorite scary character or character type?
A. I don’t have a particular movie that I watch every Halloween only because I watch scary movies most of the time. They are my favorite. The scary movie that tops my list is Poltergeist. I think I watched it dozens of times as a child only because my father wanted me not to be scared of it. Well now I love it. Well if you mean from a movie, my favorite scary character has to be Freddy. Love Nightmare on Elmstreet. In general, I’m a vampire girl.
Q. Do you have any Halloween traditions like decorating your house, having house parties, wearing costumes, etc.?
A. No real traditions. I used to do séances with the job I was at being a medium and all, but I don’t do those anymore. Normally on Halloween I am with friends and we are handing out candy. No need to decorate my house because its pretty much decorated for Halloween all year round.
Q. If you do you dress up for Halloween, what will you be dressed up as this year? What was your all-time most favorite costume that you ever wore? Why?
A. I dress up all the time. But then again I have a pair of custom vampire fangs and a closet full of witchy attire that I wear. I normally don’t try to be anything else, but me and that includes the cloak and the fangs.
Q. Are you superstitious? Do you find yourself knocking on wood or throwing salt over your shoulder? If not one of these two, what is your superstition?
A. I’m superstitious to a point, but I don’t knock on wood or throw salt over my shoulder. I just believe that you have to be careful about what you wish for because in my case I normally end up getting it within reason.
Q. Do you believe in ghosts? If so, have you ever had a ghostly encounter and tell us about it?
A. I definitely believe in ghosts. Being a medium I deal with them every day, but my own personal experiences run from encountering a ghost girl in my house when I was a teenager, to having something pull me across the bed, to hearing my name being called when there was no one home.
Q. Tell us 3 funny or strange things that happened to you, or someone you know, on past Halloweens.
A. Two Halloweens ago my husband and I scared one of our friends to death when hubby popped up from behind a sofa and made her jump when she thought he was outside.
Last year we did a haunted porch with friends of ours and hubby was popping in and out of a coffin. The poor kids were scared to death to go inside.
Not sure on the third thing.
Q. If you could be any paranormal creature, what would it be and why?
A. That is an easy question. I would be a vampire. I have a special place in my heart for them.
Now, let’s get to your writing:
Q. Why the paranormal genre? What was the draw for you?
A. Well I love paranormal because the paranormal has been a part of my life since I was a kid. I’ve always loved ghosts, vampires, and stuff that goes bump in the night. All my life I’ve been reading about vamps in the horror genre and I just graduated into paranormal.
Q. If you could describe your paranormal writing with a word or phrase, what would it be? Please be creative and look beyond words like vampire, werewolf, etc., and delve into the core of your writing to tell us what word or phrase you want readers to take with them when they've finished reading your story.
A. Spine- tinglingly hot with fangs
Q. Do you prefer playing tricks on people or bestowing treats? Does that show through in your writing? If so, how?
A. I like bestowing treats. It shows up in my writing. I prefer to have characters get the goods out of life rather than be tricked all the time. I make them work for the treat, but in the end after going through hardships and trials they get there.
Q. Who decides what creatures you write about, you or your muse? What kind of influence do you have over your story, or is the muse always the one stirring the cauldron?
A. If I had it my way, vampires all night. But it doesn’t work that way. The muse steps in at times and says time to do something else because I’m tired of neck sucking. Let’s do something else. I get influence most of the time. SO I say it’s 50/50 split until we start fighting over who gets the spoon. Then it can get hairy.
Q. What was the creature that you had the most fun creating and why?
A. The most fun I had was creating Azrael, the angel of death. He shows up randomly in a lot of my stuff. He’s such a great character because he’s a vampire, he’s an angel, and he’s also part demon, but he’s not like any other vampire because the strain he’s from have two personalities. The human and the demon. He is just himself. So he can either give or take life. He’s very complicated.
Q. If you had the opportunity to meet just one of your characters in real life, who would it be and why? Which of your characters would you never want to meet under any circumstance and why?
A. I would want to meet Kalliope. She is fun and feisty and she seems to get into so much strange trouble. Along with having a naked god for a companion and a breast-obsessed bullfrog she has her hands full.
I would never want to meet Betha. She is the banshee queen from my Raven Saga books who is crazy and can kill you if she screams. She’s not the nicest of my characters not to mention she’s insane.
Two amazing men have told Cassie she must choose. But what a choice she must make. Tristan, a sun kissed perfection with onyx eyes, has wooed Cassie and won her heart.
Daniel, pale as alabaster with blue eyes, has enticed her as well. Now, they want her to choose between them. How can she pick between the two beings she loves? Is she willing to pay the price for her choice, since these are not two ordinary suitors? One is a demon and the other an angel. If she picks one, she looses the other. If she doesn’t decide, her very soul is in jeopardy. Who will Cassie decide on? Is she willing to give up one for the other? Will she choose the angelic or the demonic?
Which one would you choose?
Cassie longs for the touch of her angelic and demonic lovers. She has searched for them for many nights, but their caresses elude her. The longer they are gone, the more her two warring natures are taking over and driving her to seek out other ways to satisfy her hungers. Will she find the two to quench her growing lust, or will others warriors of heaven or hell descend upon her and heed her call?
I wanted to kiss him. I desired to know if his lips felt like his hands, baby soft. I needed him to hold me and take away the ache in my heart starting to form because he would not wrap his arms around me. My need for him grew, and I wondered if it was because I had been influenced by the demon and maybe it was now my lot in life to attract angels and then corrupt them. Somehow, I thought it was funny. I was now some kind of Venus fly trap in search of angels to prey upon. And yet, when I gazed into the angel’s dark eyes, I needed to be sure I would not fall under his spell because my heart was already lost. I never believed in love at first sight until I met Daniel. It was easy to blame it on him being a demon and he had put a spell on me, but it was not the case; likewise not in this situation. Love was not an issue with this one. I had already fallen for the angel. My soul recognized him to be my kin, and yet, he was so beautiful I never wanted to look away, and I yearned for him to crush me to his chest and make love to me. Was I being selfish?
“So, I guess this whole mysterious thing, appearing out of nowhere, not telling me your name or why you’re here is a trademark and goes with the entire angel gig? Is it against the rules to kiss a girl, too?”
His fingers trailed down my cheek and traced my lips. “You’re so beautiful. I noticed you were before, but now I see how much the angelic and demonic in you has molded you into another being. So perfect. Why do I see you in another light now? Why do I find you irresistible?”
“Because you’re becoming more human than you ever thought possible. I don’t know how to fix what I did to you. I’m sure there is a way, but—”
His lips covered mine again. He snapped his fingers. Air caressed my naked form. His fingers trailed down my belly. His tongue tasted my nipple and nibbled on it. Warmth and pure light moved through my mind. His thoughts pressed against mine. The lust in him was overpowering. My horns poked out of my forehead, and heat surfaced. I felt the fires of my own lust start to blaze through me. The demon in me knew what to do. My legs wrapped around his, and I was able to break his hold on me. I grabbed his hands in a cold, steel-hard hold and in a second we were falling. I didn’t know where we were going, but I knew the destination was a place I had been before. When we did land, Tristan was beneath me and I had him in restraints. A smile turned up on my lips; I had turned the tables on him.
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