I was born and raised in Utah and have lived here all my life. I have worked for the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office for approximately 25 years now. Most of that time has been in the Special Operations Division where I work with SWAT, Search & Rescue, The Mounted Posse, K9 and The Motorcycle Unit just to name a few. I also coordinate communications and logistics on callouts for our SWAT and Child Abduction Response Teams. When I’m not working or writing, one of my favorite things to do is escape on my Harley. There’s nothing like a relaxing ride on a warm summer day. Some of my other hobbies include four wheeling and camping, gardening and baking. My Thanksgiving specialty is homemade pumpkin pie.
I enjoy writing Paranormal Romance and Suspense. With Paranormal Romance, I can be as creative as I want to be. As long as it’s believable, it’s okay. Suspense probably because I have worked in law enforcement for so long. Life has a lot of twists and turns, I enjoy including those in my work.
From where do you draw your inspiration?
All the voices in my head? Just kidding. To combat boredom I frequently find myself taking real life situations and interjecting (only in my mind and on paper of course) a fictional chain of events that makes the situation more interesting. If the story is good enough and interesting enough it may end up as a book someday.
Do you ever base your characters on real people in your life? Does it help your characters come alive?
I don’t intentionally base them on real life people, but I do find them having very distinct qualities of real people I know. For instance, there are a couple characters in my Warrior Series that when my husband read the book, his immediate reaction was “I love that you put…”(name removed to protect the not so innocent)“…In the book but you changed his name.” I didn’t actually put that person in the book, but as the character developed it matched a certain personality so well I drew inspiration from that person to make my character more vivid.
Which of your books is your favorite and why?
Dusk. It is the first book in my Warrior Series. I have a special place in my heart for that book because it was the beginning. Not only of my series, but of my writing career.
Which of your books was the most fun to write and why?
I am currently writing a book that has a law enforcement /suspense aspect to it and having a lot of fun with it. It’s a new experience to add my knowledge of police procedures to a fictional background.
Which of your characters is your favorite and why?
I don’t know if I can narrow it down to one, but Victor from my Warrior Series is somewhere at the top. He is damaged but loveable and extremely loyal. You just can’t help but love him.
Do you form outlines and plan your stories or do you just write?
Yes and No. I will jot down notes and ideas, but as I write I just let the story develop. When I have tried to plan out my stories it never works anyway so I stopped trying.
What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
Juggling! I write, work full time and promote my own work. I also come from a fairly large family. It is difficult to juggle all my responsibilities and still have time to be creative.
Tell us about your latest book.
My last stand-alone novel was Hidden Lakes. I have classified it as a Western Romance because it takes place in a small fictional town in Colorado. The Hero is a rancher who is still in love with the heroine; a woman he lost years ago. The Heroine is a woman who left town heartbroken but due to circumstances must return to her childhood home. They each fight their undeniable attraction for very different reasons.
What do you have coming out in the future?
I will be releasing the fourth book in my Warrior Series very soon. The book is called Shadows and is Thomas and Abby’s story. It’s a little different than my previous three books. Thomas becomes the prime suspect in a series of murders. Alex and the warriors are faced with protecting Thomas, tracking the real killer and dealing with the continued vampire problems. I have also added a few new characters, some of which will feature prominently in future novels.