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1. What ages are your characters?
Most of my characters I tend to set between 24 and 35, though I rarely give their exact age. For me that’s the time period that true love seems to blossom. Before that period feels more like puppy love to infatuation. After that it seems like it would be a ‘second chance at love’ or ‘40 year old virgin’ kind of book. I like to read and write about that first, deep, flush of true romance.
Of course in Son of Thunder, Jord was around 300 years old, but for a god, that places him in that same age group.
2. What special things or places inspire you to write?
My inspirations come from all over. Usually I start a story with a scene and work backward and forward from there. With Son of Thunder, I woke up one morning with the vision of a Norse god riding a motorcycle up the rainbow bridge to Asgaard. The Forsake Templar tumbled into my mind after watching a Discovery Channel documentary on the Knights Templar. I have a story on the backburner right now inspired by a YouTube Starcraft shoutcaster.
The seed can come from just about anywhere, then the story starts to grow, and I can’t stop it.
3. What is the one message you hope women will receive when they read your stories?
I try to write strong women. Women who don’t need a man to ‘complete’ them, but find that right guy who complements their style. I’ve had a lot of strong women influence my life, and if there’s one message I’d like women to get from my writing, it’s stay strong and confident. Believe in yourself.
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