In 2009, eTreasures Publishing published my first novel, a sci fi adventure story. Since then, they have published my two YA zombie novels, my religious zombie novella, two children’s picture books, and two novellas with romantic elements. I have an urban fantasy novel about dragons and a vampire novelette that was published by MuseItUp Publishing. Musa Publishing has published my novelette with romantic elements and a collection of short stories. I have a middle grade urban fantasy novel that was published by Little Devil Books. My nonfiction book about slasher films was published by Scarecrow Press.
Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating fantastic worlds and memorable characters. I’m an active promoter of my works and love to talk to readers at book signings and readings. Doing giveaways on Goodreads has been an exciting experience, and having contests for readers has been fun. I actively promote various authors on my blog and participate in blog tours to promote my own work.
I write under several different pen names. For my children’s titles, I write under J.D. Pooker, and for my YA and adult novels, I write under Pembroke Sinclair. My nonfiction work is done under my real name.
I am a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers and am on a committee to create membership criteria for iPAL, which is a sister group to the Published Authors Liaison group and focuses on independent and self-published authors. I am also a member of the ALA and really enjoy doing library visits.
Do you plan everything or just let the story flow?
I try to have an idea in my head of where the story will go, but when I actually sit down to write, I let the characters take me where they need to go. My characters have sometimes deviated from what I thought they would do, and I really enjoy that.
Do your characters ever want to take over the story?
Absolutely! And I let them!
What is your favourite food?
Anything with cinnamon in it and no nuts. I also really like corned beef hash and eggs. Mmmmm.
Are you a morning person or a night owl?
Neither, really. I have to be up with my kids, so there’s no choice in that matter, which means I don’t stay up overly late because I’m exhausted.
Where do you dream of travelling to and why?
I would like to go to Alaska. I think that would be awesome. And I would also really like to see Scotland and Ireland. It’s always fun to see new places and experience new things.
Do distant places feature in your books?
Not really, no. Unless you’re talking about my science fiction, and then it’s made up distant places.
Do you listen to music while writing?
I do not. I used to, but now I like complete silence so I can hear my characters speak to me.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest release?
This story was based off a dream I had. It wasn’t as detailed as the story, but the framework of being trapped on a boat with someone was prominent, and I filled in the blanks.
What have you learned about writing and publishing since you first started?
I’d like to say I’ve learned patience, but that’s not true. I still want instant answers. But I have learned how to fill the waiting time with other projects, so I always have something in line and ready to be published.
Is there anything you would do differently?
Hmmm. That’s kind of a tough question. I’m sure if I could I might do something different, but since I can’t change anything, I’m just really happy to be where I’m at.
Who, or what, if anything has influenced your writing?
My friend Tamara was a huge influence on getting me back into writing. As an undergraduate and graduate in college, several professors shook my confidence and I didn’t think I would ever write again. She helped me get through the rough patch.
Anything you would say to those just starting out in the craft?
Be patient and never stop learning.
What are three words that describe you?
Tenacious, dedicated, impatient.
What's your favourite book or who is your favourite writer?
I have several favorite books and authors. I’m an English major, I love to read!
Blurb of your latest release or coming soon book
Publisher: Musa Publishing
Date of Publication: August 9, 2012
Number of pages: 35
Word Count: 11,448
Cover Artist: Kelly Shorten
Amazon | Musa
Eddie lost his love, but life is always full of other options.
Eddie has a great life with a loving wife and fabulous job. His work keeps him away from home for long stretches of time, but he counts down the moments until he gets to be back in his wife’s arms. He would do anything for her. Unfortunately, she doesn’t feel the same way, and plans on leaving Eddie for another man. Feeling crushed and betrayed, Eddie has a hard time trusting women.
He knows it’s unfair; he knows not every woman is as evil as his ex-wife, but he can’t deny his feelings. As an ice miner, he’s expected to spend months at a time on his ship. Much to his chagrin, he is forced to spend it with Rie. Will being trapped on a ship with a woman help Eddie get over his fear and hatred of women and move on with his life? Are there any other options?