Who are you?
I’m a stay-at-home mother formally educated in geology and bioarchaeology with a three-year old. I maintain my sanity by writing fantasy romance. I’m currently published with http://www.thewildrosepress.com/ and have three books in print. My King Arthur was a time-traveling-shape-shifting-dragon novel, HE OF THE FIERY SWORD, two additional Time Guardian stories that go with the dragon tale in HAUNTED HEARTS, & my novella ANCIENT MUSINGS in the SONG OF THE MUSES BOOK 1.
What type of stories do you like to write and why?
I tend to write stories that deal with life and death. That’s kind of a byproduct from studying life and death (bioarchaeology). Although, my fascination with connecting with things lost to time could very well be the true connection. Archaeologists are insane about saving the past. If you like stories about soul mates and reincarnation, you may like mine.
What type of stories do you like to read and why?
I find I’m drawn to new worlds or those created that coexist with our world. I’m usually pleased when I’m surprised -- as I have the “ah-ha” moment of realizing where the spark of the idea originated for the author. Then I stick around for the sexual tension. I get a kick out of culture shock that can make me laugh!
When do you write ?
Whenever I can steal time to write.
When do you read? Where?
I read in absolute silence. The trick is finding it.
Where did you get the inspiration for your current work in progress?
My current wip is being fueled by SLAYERS AND THEIR VAMPIRES, a book on the history of the slayers of what a culture defines as monsters. I started reading it for one or another reason and this whole world mushroomed. It’s in the works now.
Where do you go to think?
I hide in the bathtub with hot water and bubbles. Of course, my three-year old is asking me questions through the door. I don’t know if I get much thinking done! I’ve started thinking on the elliptical machine too…
How did you come up with your title and main characters’ names?
My current wip title was in an article in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER. It had nothing to do with the paranormal I’m writing. But the two words struck me as the perfect title. I usually use Gaelic names because I write Celtic time-travel fantasy romance. Those are easy. I flip through dictionaries looking for cool words with perfect meanings. My current wip requires I make the names up. I’m working hard not to make them sound Chinese or any other recognizable language.
How long did you write seriously before your first book was published?
Maybe 6 years. I can’t remember. LOL That’s before baby. Everything’s a blur before baby.
Why do you write?
I write because I’m terribly addicted to being able to control my own little world. ;) It’s so sad that we control nothing else…
To win a pdf of HE OF THE FIERY SWORD, please tell me location and time period where this first Time Guardian story takes place. Just post your answer here as a comment by midnight CST tonight to enter to win.
In closing, I blog about reference books at http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com/. Yes, I’m certifiably geek! ;) Visit me at http://www.skhyemoncrief.com/ and http://www.timeguardians.com/ where I’ve posted my first chapters for the curious to peruse as well as my free read VOW OF SUPERSTION: DRAGON’S BLOOD. HAUNTED HEARTS is available only in print at http://tinyurl.com/ahjmz2 SONG OF THE MUSES BOOK 1 (print version) at http://tinyurl.com/cspu9g All of my e-books are found at http://tinyurl.com/dbsjls
Thanks for having me, Liana. ~Skhye