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It’s here! I’m entering! #authormentormatch
Ok – before we get serious, a few fun and irrelevant facts about me. I can put both my legs behind my neck (seriously!). My father speaks fluent Donald Duck and was once asked to be the voice of Disney. I adore ice cream. Specifically Ben & Jerry’s. When I’m happy or sad its got to be a combination of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, Chocolate Fudge Brownie & Peanut Butter Cup slathered in dry roasted peanuts and chocolate sauce. I always wait until the husband’s away so I don’t get ridiculed about how much sugar I’m ingesting (care)! I have 3 kids on the spectrum, which makes for an interesting, chaotic and unique household.

 

On to the more serious stuff. Let’s start with inspiration. I write YA, but when I was a kid, that category didn’t really exist. There was Nancy Drew, and then there were the slight sexy Mom books I snuck under my bed and flipped to THOSE pages. That was it. Until…. I discovered Dean Koontz and Stephen King when I was 10 years old and never looked back. I had friends. I liked people. But I always thought curling up with a book over a weekend was one of the better things to do. Those imaginary people were always so much more interesting than anything that happened in my real life with spelling bees and barbie dolls and nose jobs and permed hair. (and yes, I lived in southern California for a while)  In books, you can be anything you want to be: the heroine’s best friend, the heroes love interest, the girl that saves the day, the villain that scuppers the plans. SO much more exciting than real life. I can’t count the times I watched The Never Ending Story and never wanted it to end.  I wasn’t bullied (not at that age) but I wanted to escape all the same. I’ve always lived in the world of make believe. And now, as an adult, I get to create those make believe worlds. I get to give to teens what I so wanted when I was that age. There’s nothing better than that. Not for me. I love my family. I love my kids.  But in books, you can be the  person you always wanted to be. In books, you never have to give up your dreams. In my books, I give my dreams to you. Enough said.

 

Here’s a few snippets…
What I like to do besides writing: swimming, reading, watching movies, playing Minecraft with my kids, games (and kind)
Fav Authors: Dean Koonts, Dean Koontz & Dean Koontz
Fav Books: Anything by Dean Koontz! Phillip Pullman’s Dark Materials Trilogy, Michael Grant’s Gone series, The Hunger Games, The Help, The Homecoming of Samuel Lake.
Fav TV shows:  The Walking Dean, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, The OA, Stranger Things, Nashville, Buffy, Charmed, Made in Chelsea (ahem).

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Fav Movies: Karate Kid (the original), Pirates of the Caribbean, The Ring, Moulin Rouge, Sleeping with the Enemy, Spiderman (Toby Maguire), The Never Ending Story, The Guardian, Save the Last Dance,  World War Z, The Sweetest Thing, Coyote Ugly, The Shining, Beetlejuice.
Fav super hero: Spiderman
If I could choose a power: the power to heal, myself and others
Fav Smells: clean sheets, vanilla (Used to wear the perfume a a teenager and it sent my brother searching the house for a cake), fresh bread,
On a more professional note: I’ve written several novels. I’ve come close to a publishing deal before. Its a tough world out there. I want to give to people the kind of magic I’ve gotten out of books. I write a variety of genres. A few mental health – which is so important to young people, all people. But mostly in the area sci-fi or contemporary fantasy. Magic is magic. I love magic. I want to believe in magic. As far as I’m concerned Santa Claus is real – I was born on Christmas Day. Books are full of possibility. I want to make someone’s chest swell with belief and incredulity. Any world is possible. Any life is possible. Any path is possible. There are no barriers but fear itself and fear can be conquered. For the young people of today: don’t let anything hold you back!
If you want to check out any of the books I’ve written, please explore my website and leave me a comment
Oh! But wait – you want to hear about the book I’m entering! Of course! Here’s a teaser:

The Mermaid Chronicles : Secrets of The Deep

Romeo & Juliet underwater:  

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Cordelia Blue lost her mother and twin brother during a sailing accident and shark attack.  Five years later, on the brink of her 18th birthday, Cordelia’s life changes dramatically when she faces her fear of water and discovers her mermaid ancestry.  Entrusted with an important relic by a ghost of the past, Cordelia must decide whether she can trust her old friend Wade Waters with the truth to help her on her quest to break an ancient curse.  But in the world of mermaids and sharkians, reality is never what it seems and Cordelia begins to suspect that she has trusted the wrong people.  If she is to defeat an ancient enemy and save the mermaid race she must ignore the whisperings of her heart, before its too late.

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