I’m a 43-year-old transplant from the Chicago suburbs to the Smoky Mountains. I love, love, love to read, and couldn’t have been happier to discover I love writing just as much. When my nose is not in a book, I enjoy having long, deep, philosophical conversations about politics, human rights, and social justice (not to mention physics, astronomy, and the origins of humankind). Yes, I’m a geek in about every possible way. I wear it as a badge of honor.
How did you get started writing?
I’ve always known I would write books. Goodness knows that I had to figure out some method of supporting my reading habit. Books are not cheap and borrowing them from the library is only economical if you remember to return them. First, I put off writing until I had raised my daughter. Unfortunately, when she finally entered independent teenager zone she was diagnosed with a serious form of cancer with treatment lasting all through her high school years. Thanks to the good work of children’s oncologists everywhere, she recovered! Thus, my writing journey began.
Why did you decide to go indie?
I’m a rebel. I’m kidding. No seriously, I am a rebel. I have a day job and despite the fact that my boss is fantastic, when I decided to go on this adventure the last thing I wanted was to pick up another boss. I’m sure many of you can commiserate. Thus, I’ve never even contemplated going to a publisher.
Tell me about The Light Who Shines.
The story opens when Paranormal Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime. It’s obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run. Using her innate sixth sense, she uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimiore that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.
Blue and her mysterious wolf Varg follow a trail that starts at the Cock and Bull Tap and leads all through the town of Crimson Hollow. Between being sidelined by a stalker who sticks to the shadows, and chasing a suspect who vanishes in thin air, the case gets complicated. If that isn’t enough, Dark Vampire activity hits a record high and hate crimes increase dramatically. However, it’s her growing feelings for Jack Tanner, her powerful Daylight Vampire boss that just might undo her.
While Blue searches for clues to nail the perpetrator, it appears someone else is conducting a search of their own. Danger follows Blue like a shadow and at every turn, she seems ever closer to ending up the next victim.
Tell me more about Blue.
Blue’s parents were killed by Dark Vampires when she was just three years old. The victim of bullying, prejudice, and discrimination, her life in the orphanage was not easy. Yet, her sense of honor is so strong, she takes a job for the Paranormal Investigation Bureau as soon as she’s able. The Bureau’s mission is to preserve and strengthen interbreed peace and security and Blue considers this mission her own.
Despite her harsh beginnings, or perhaps because of it, Blue has an internal spine of steel that makes up for her relatively weak feminine body. Being a sensitive isn’t particularly helpful when confronted with dangerously crazed Dark Vampires, swarming hate mobs, or evil villains. Yet, something subtly begins to change about her power and it may not be as passive as it seems.
Blue carries herself with pride and honor in her battle against evil. She is intelligent, sexy, and strong willed. She fights for what is right, regardless of the cost to herself, giving no quarter to those who would harm innocents. She does all of this as she tries to save the world for the ungrateful normal humans who so discriminate against her.
Tell me about the world as it is presented in your series.
The story takes place in our world in contemporary times, but with an alternate history. The prologue gives you a hint to the mystical events that transpired 2000 years ago, which caused a deviation between Blue’s world and what we know as reality.
In this story three breeds of humans exist: Norms (normal humans), Gifted (humans born with magic), and Vampires (both Light and Dark). All Vampires are bound by a curse from the great demon Lilith, to join her on Plane of Fire after death. Worse yet, Light Vampires who succumb to killing in bloodlust turn into the mindless, soulless, ravaging beasts that are known as Dark Vampires. Dark Vampires are so dangerous they nearly destroyed the entire human species during the Bloody Era. Luckily, Light Vampires realized that with the eventual demise of the human race, they would end up loosing their blood supply causing their own extinction. Thankfully, this spurred Light Vampires to step up and control the Dark Vampire population.
Meanwhile, all through the destruction caused by Vampires, the magically gifted have been trying to help their ungrateful human comrads, the Norms, to survive.
What makes this book stand out from the crowd?
What is unique about this story is that I’ve taken one of our society’s most difficult challenges, the issue of prejudice, and interwoven it into the fabric of the story in a natural and palatable way. I purposefully removed any reference to the normal prejudices our society has and have flipped the lens to highlight rampant prejudice between the different breeds of humans in this story. My goal was to take prejudice out of it’s normal context so that its harm is easier to observe with new eyes.
This world is fraught with prejudice and hate. The main characters have to deal with it on both a personal and professional level. It is the main theme of the book and the main societal conflict in the world. Yet, the story isn’t dark and dreary. I’ve added many light elements to balance the scales, giving you a rich and enjoyable experience.
As a small aside, this book has real chapter names. While that will not cause the book to soar to greatness on it’s own, I love it when a book has real chapter names and I’m guessing you do too.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on books two and three of the Bluebell Kildare Series. Tentatively, I think the names will be The Light Who Binds, and The Light Who Rips Asunder. I hope to have both out within a year.
Any other interesting tidbits you want to share?
I would be happy to collaborate with non-profits and offer a fundraising opportunity on my website. Please check there for further details.
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