- Can you give us a synopsis of The Convent and the Rose and Riley’s Gift?
The Convent and the Rose
After five years as a prisoner of
the Mescaleros, Maria escapes to Presidio, where she begs for work in a cantina owned by the local madam, Mama Sieta. There she meets lovable and unique characters such as old Bac, Sheriff Tucker and
Pigtail, who is afraid of the spooky church, San Cristobal. An Irish nun gives
a few laughs as she vies with Mama Sieta for the soul of the young girl. Wicked
Juanita and Curiosity are the greatest enemies to the love she has for Montana, her rugged outlaw with the gun-fighter eyes;
who is intent on stealing gold from another outlaw and uses some tomfoolery to reach his gold.
Due to a misunderstanding, Maria is forced to play a dual role. What mystery
binds her to the mission and the convent of the roses and the glowing cross? Will
she ever know?
Gift – (Sequel to The Convent and the Rose)
The consciousness of Old San Cristobal
awakens. It sleeps no more because its lost companion is once more reborn. Her memory has awakened this guardian of the past. It looks for her and finds her
in our present-day world. She is a young doctor born with the GIFT of touch and
ESP abilities. She has been in love with a musician since age fourteen. He perceives her as wicked; she believes him to be her lover from another life.
Fireworks and misunderstandings between
David and Kathleen lead her all the way back to Presidio, where she remembers the pasts and comes face to face with the Spirit
of San Cristobal, a semi-fallen angel known as Old Of Old. What mystery happens
on the battlefield of Iraq? Can the mysterious Old Of Old create a miracle of
happiness for them? Riley’s Gift
will touch your heart and your soul.
- How long did it take you to write each book?
It took me 8 months to do each book,
working only on weekends.
- Did you do any research? If so, what kind?
Yes, in The Convent and the Rose, I researched old weapons, wagons and events of that time. In Riley’s Gift, I researched stem cell, Iraq, and up-to-date medical and tank equipment being used there today.
- What authors have inspired you?
Many writers inspire me; Faulkner,
Hemingway, Samuel Clemens, etc.
- Do you keep a strict writing schedule?
My writing times are usually in the
mornings, late evenings and on weekends. I do not force myself to write, I let it come naturally. I also act out the story in my mind.
- Who is your target audience?
My target audiences for the first
two novels were for both men and women but women were the main audience of my first two novels. However, Riley’s Gift is not just a romance novel with humor, it also has agents, action and war.
Convent and the Rose was a romantic western with a twist. It had cowboys,
outlaws, and lovable charcters, but it also had a bit of a spooky
twist and not the typical ending. A
surprise reading for both men and women.
- What are some of your favorite books?
I enjoy every book that I read because
they are all different; each author with his or her own individual style and flair.
- What would you like your readers to know about you?
I would like my readers to know that
my stories are written for them, to entertain and make them feel as though they are right there living the story life with
- What are you currently working on?
At this time, I am working on a Spy/War
novel, which needs to be written. It is very patriotic, controversial novel with
a touch of the unknown. Both men and women will love the main characters of this book.
Short stories – I have just finished
a free short story, Rose Colored Glasses, which can be read for free on www.digeststory.com.
I have another short, which will
soon appear on Amazon Shorts and can be downloaded for 49 cents. It is called
- Any tips for aspiring writers?
For new and aspiring writers,
I would suggest:
- Keep a pen and pad handy to jot down those moments of inspiration that come in a flash and can never be recaptured
in exactly the same way. Nothing lost ever comes back the same way.
- Research your story material, the language; make sure it applies to the time and/or place that you are writing about.
- Learn as much about the art of writing as you can. Take some courses.
- Be positive in the face of rejections. Always know what type of a story
the publisher is looking for. Be aware of what is selling the most on the market, what people are buying.
- Be passionate about your work. Believe in your talent; it will inspire
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