How or why did you decide to become a writer?
I have always wanted to write as reading with children gave me great insight as to what they crave. I always said it would come at retirement.
Do you write under a pen name? If ‘yes’, what is your pen name?
I write using my real name.
What is the working title of your book?
I have two, Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, and Jonathan’s Locket.
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I iived in Phoenix for twenty two years and had a fascination with the Superstition Mountains and all of the legends that came out of it, which led to the creation of Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn.
As for Jonathan’ s Locket, I used the information from the historic Wreck of the Ten Sails in 1794 here on Grand Cayman and built a little ‘Woo Woo’ around it.
I have always loved ghost stories and thrillers since I was a child. My father would pretend to be a ghost at night and thought he was scaring me, but I actually loved it!
Do you have other published works?
I had a self-published memoir, Losing Ground published in 2010
What genre does your book fall under?
Both YA novels are Paranormal with a twist of real historical events
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
For Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn, I would choose Logan Lerman for Dean Banks as he has just that hint of a bad boy image in him. For his girlfriend I would choose Ariel Winter from Modern Family.
For the lead male role in Jonathan’s Locket I would choose Khleo Thomas, with those gorgeous eyes and he has been in major movies. For his crush I would choose Madison Pettis an upcoming model.
What is the one or two-sentence synopsis of your book?
Mysteries of the Red Coyote- Bad Boy Dean Banks inherits a haunted inn in Arizona along with a dark family secret, one which will catapult him into a world of ancient Apache warriors and spirits who lead him on journey to protect the sacred Superstition Mountains. This one will have a sequel.
Jonathan’s Locket- Orphaned Jonathan Palmer stows away on the doomed voyage of the Wreck of the Ten Sails in 1794 . He is trapped and drowns only to haunt the seas until some two hundred years later a local teen is mysteriously drawn to help release his spirit.
Is your book self-published, or published and/or represented by an agency? * Both novels are in the process of being published by xoxopublishing.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Mysteries of the Red Coyote Inn was two years and Jonathan’s Locket was six months.
What other books or authors would you compare this story to within your genre?
For Mysteries of the Red Coyote- I would say probably ‘Lost Boys’
For Jonathan’s Locket – probably somewhere similar to Amanda Hocking’s Watersong Series.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
I do believe in both it is the odd historical events- one being the legend of the Lost Dutchman Mine in Arizona and two -being the Wreck of the Ten Sails in 1794 off Grand Cayman.