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                                         Frequently Asked Questions             

Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors include the urban fantasy worlds of Faith Hunter and Patricia Briggs, the magic realism of Haruki Murakami, traditional fantasy by Guy Gavriel Kay, and the wacky humor of Carl Hiaasen--to name but a few. Everything I read provides inspiration. You can't write if you don't read.

Where did the ideas come from for The Gatekeeper's Son Series?
Any book has innumerable sources of inspiration but the event that first made the idea 'click' was on one of my first trips to Japan. My father-in-law took me to an ancient site where artifacts were discovered. The story was, a work-crew cutting a new road through a bamboo forest noticed something bronze and shiny poking up through the soil. When archaeologists began to dig, they discovered hundreds of bronze swords, laying in rows. There was no doubt they were buried long ago but why? The archaeologists couldn't find any obvious reason--it was the first finding of such a thing. My first reaction when I saw them was, maybe they weren't buried for use on This Side. Maybe they were left for others in another dimension -The Other Side.
When did you first start writing?
I started in high school.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first one I remember? It was for socials 11. We were reading Macbeth and we had to write a modern version. I'd just finished reading The Godfather and I wrote the Macbeth saga as a gangster story. I got an A+ and the teacher read it to the class!

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love seeing what my characters will do next. It's way more fun than watching TV or movies.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are everything! Without readers, I'm not an author. It's as simple as that.
What are you working on next?
The next story about Junya and Shoko. I'm wondering if they'll get together in this book...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The current model of traditional publishing is irrelevant to today's market. They want what's already successful--another vampire book is safer than a new idea because they know vampire books sell. I had a story to tell and the best way to get it to you is by publishing it myself.
Describe your desk
Uncluttered and neat, 2 large flatscreen monitors and a great view of the mountains and trees.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have to. I still need a full-time job. Can you help me with that so I have more time to write?
What is your writing process?
For book one, I wrote it organically, which is why it took over five years to write. I now use a detailed outline and write based on it. However, often times the story will find its own way.
How do you approach cover design?
I go into it already knowing what I want then my amazing designer, Monica Haynes (www.thethatchery.com), brings it into reality.




















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