Welcome Monica, tell us a bit about yourself. Where you’re from, where you live? Do you have one of those day-jobs?
Hi, thank you. I’m originally from Southern Ohio but I now live in North Central Ohio. But don’t feel too bad for me I did get out of Ohio for some time. I do have one of those day jobs. I analyze cybercrime trends for a private threat company. Sounds fun because it IS fun.
How long have you been writing?
Oh man, I’ve been writing since I was a kid. First story I ever wrote was about murdering my sisters (I have three). I obviously wrote it because I wanted to impress and marry Edgar Allan Poe. It was a sad sad day when I learned he was already dead,
Briefly describe your writing day.
Um well I am a single mother, with a toddler, a day job, and I am working my bachelor’s degree online. So I don’t really have a writing day. More like five or ten minutes of chugging coffee and slinging words at a computer screen. There is most certainly always coffee involved.
Tell us about your latest release?
My latest release is called On a White Horse. It’s the second book in a four book series about female horsemen of the apocalypse who decide not to the end the world and move to Earth.
Are your characters entirely fictitious or have you borrowed from real world people you know?
They are always fictitious. I might borrow little things from people in real life like the color of a pair of shoes or the way they bite the sides of their fingernails when nervous.
Would you share one detail from your current release with readers that they might not find in the book?
Hm…One detail is Gwyn was never meant to happen. He wasn’t planned for nor plotted. He showed up one day and demanded into the story. This was a Nanowrimo novel from last year.
Who has been the most difficult character for you to write? (Any of your books)
I have to say Arthur from my book King Takes Queen. I’ve loved him for years and always wanted to give him a happy ending. But I feared I’d mess it up when it came time to do it.
If you could be one of your characters for a day which character would it be? Why?
Eeek, good question…probably Cloris from my Revelations series. She is the horsemen of death and well the embodiment of death who escorts souls to the underworld. I think it would be an interesting experience.
I’m working on a box set with some fantastic authors as well as writing the second book in my Soul Program series.
All writers are readers. Are there any particular authors that have influenced how you write and, if so, how have they influenced you?
Megan Hart, Anne Bishop, Jacqueline Carey, Maggie Stiefvater…I could go on for day. I admire strong female characters and these women write wonderful, whole, strong women.
If you could have dinner with any writer living or dead, who would it be and why?
Edgar Allan Poe of course so I could figure out how to bring him back to life and marry him. Or Jack Kerouac…
If you could ask your favorite author a question what would it be?
Did you ever want to give up and what made you keep going?
Do you have a secret talent readers would be surprised by?
Well…I sing rather well. That surprises people who have met me since I’m a tad soft spoken. I also read incredibly fast, like 3-4 book a day fast.
Your favorite go to drink or food when the world goes crazy!
COFFEE. Always and forever coffee. Tacos also help.
What is the one question you never get ask at interviews, but wish you did?
How much does your readership influence what you write? Answer…SO MUCH. I write for myself but I also write for my readers. I’d love to hear what you think, want, need in my books.
Thank you so much for joining me today Monica and letting readers look behind your writing curtain!
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