As the thermometer drops, I have noticed a spike in emails. Many simply want to say how much you all have enjoyed my books so far, or lovely words of encouragement. In fact, I am thinking of putting a new page on the site, and devoting it to the fans so I can put up some of your thoughts for all the world to see. Mwa ha ha ha ha.
Now, let's handle a few questions. Jim from Wisconsin wants to know how I came up with the character of Bubbles. Well, Jim, about eight years ago, I was presented with a lovely gift from a friend. This gift was a teeny tiny gray tabby kitten. My goodness he was gorgeous, and so sweet. Very lovable.
As he grew, he became known as "fat boy" in my family, as a result of his rather hefty weight. I was in college at the time, and we were asked to write a short story. As I was reading Barbra Michaels at the time, I hit upon the idea of making a cat the lead character. When I began writing, his personality just took over, and I ended up having to turn in another short story for the class, and my work became The Witch's Revenge. I couldn't see a cat talking and thinking as humans do. To me, they come across as sophisticated, aloof and elegant. I wanted to reflect that. I also wanted to reflect the typical spoiled house cats and his fall from grace. I have to say, while it was alot of work bringing Bubbles to life, it was also alot of fun.
Tina from Los Angeles has asked how I began writing One Stone. To be honest Tina, One Stone started with two little words. "That Click". Even if you have never been in the same room with a handgun, when you hear that noise, you know, instinctively, what it is. You know it means something bad can happen. You know that it is something to be afraid of. I had to come up with a plot line to go along with the prologue. I had to imagine what could get a woman so worked up, so tired of everything, that she would resort to such things. I am pretty proud of that.
See, a story doesn't always start with a plot, or an idea. Sometimes, it starts with a word. I have thought up many good titles to books, and began building the plot around that. You never know.
Keep up the great questions everyone. I am thoroughly enjoying them. Blessed Be!