Hey, I'm the featured author in my Goodreads group this week, so I decided to give myself the spotlight treatment and interview myself!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
see, what's to tell that isn't already in my bio? I've lived in Arizona
since I was a baby, but twice while I was growing up (when I was 8 and
then again when I was 16), my family spent a year in Germany while my
Dad, a physics professor, was a visiting professor there. It was an
amazing opportunity to live in a different country and travel, and I
have vivid memories of places and experiences that I still use a lot in
Also, I have a Master's degree in Music History, with
an emphasis on choral/vocal music of the Renaissance. No, I don't sing,
and I've never used that degree. Still, getting it was a lot of fun,
and that's another experience that also spills over into my writing.
Sarya's Song is the most obvious example, directly influenced by my
training in musical analysis and transcription of older notations and by
the polyphonic choral music of the early Renaissance.
2. When did you start writing, and why?
always loved to read fantasy and romance, but I could never find books
that combined the two in a way I found satisfying. Twenty-six years ago,
after I finished my Master's, as I was making the transition to life as
a stay-at-home mom with my first child, I wanted a new intellectual
challenge, so I decided to try writing the kind of novels I wanted to
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
write high fantasy (my definition: set in a different world, with a
heroic storyline and magic as an integral part of the story) with strong
romance elements. In my books, the romance and the fantasy are equally
important to the story - if one or the other was missing, you wouldn't
have a story. I write what I love to read - I love fantasy and magic,
and I also love a good love story (and that happy ever after ending is a
4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
Right now I'm working on revisions on For the Wildings, the sixth and final book of the Daughter of the Wildings series. After this, I'll be returning to my world of Estelend with a couple of novels.
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
of the Wildings is set in a fantasy world inspired by the Old West.
Settlers have come to the Wildings, the unsettled frontier, to escape
from oppression by mages in the civilized land of Granadaia. It has
cowboys and shootouts and cattle drives and saloons, but it also has
wizards and magic. I thought the combination of the two elements, high
fantasy and westerns, would be pretty cool, and it's been a lot of fun
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Vendine, the wizard/bounty hunter hero of Daughter of the Wildings, is a
fun character to write. On a character alignment chart, he'd be Chaotic
Good. He has a very strong sense of honor and right and wrong that has
little to do with the law of the land. If it comes to a choice between
what's legal and what's right, he'll choose what's right every time and
shoot his way out of the trouble he gets into as a result.
Banfrey Vendine, heroine of the series, also has strong ideas about
what's right and the way things should be, but isn't always fussed by
the realities of the situation. She's learned the hard way that you
can't always make things be the way you think they should be just by
wanting them badly enough, but that doesn't mean she's given up on her
ideals. She grew up the only girl on a ranch, doing men's work and
wearing men's clothes, but she's very feminine, in a practical,
non-fussy kind of way. She can herd cattle and mend fences and shoot as
well as any man, but she also finds value in caring for her home (when
she has one) and family, and she loves pretty things.
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
In For the Wildings,
for the first time in the series we get into the point of view of a
couple of different characters besides Silas and Lainie. One is a
character who's appeared before in the series; the other is a member of a
group whose point of view might be interesting to readers.
especially like this sentence from one of those scenes: "Now see here,
Coltor!" the mayor protested. "You can't go starting a shootout in my
So that was fun :-)
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