My Angel, My Light As Darkness Falls
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born in Mississippi and lived in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, North and South Carolina, and in Saudi Arabia. I am a mother of 3 and grandmother of 5. I love to sing in the choir and I have been divorced and widowed. I visited the lower 48 and had relatives in most of them. I’m a great great granddaughter of Daniel Boone. Since 1982 I live in a small town near Tuscaloosa, AL and was writing my book while the April 27, 2011 tornado blew away a lot of us. I don’t scare easily but that storm was really a nasty one. I went back to school after my divorce and got a BA in Anthropology and a minor in creative writing. I went back to get my Masters in Secondary Education but I became ill and had to stay at home. I have some health issues but I try to ignore them. I am a Christian and try to incorporate some of my beliefs in my fantasy romances. I have a vivid imagination. I love to write and I read romance novels all the time.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
My book starts in 1815 with a ball, of course my characters are fiction. There actually was real ball held by the Duchess of Richmond right before the last battle with Napoleon. My heroine, Prudence Elizabeth White is the daughter of the Earl of White and it is her first ball. She is eighteen years old. Everything is beautiful and she feels like Cinderella. Then her life becomes a horror novel as she loses the only family she has left and a suitor to the battle. Without family and friends she sinks into bedlam until she is literally rescued by the arms of a man that is turning into a vampire. When the half vampire can’t help her she has a dog that has adopted her. Something else tracks her but her sole source of comfort and protection is this half vampire. She returns to England with him still guarding and protecting her along with the dog. Pru is led to a castle by the dog and there is confronted with ghosts, demons and the process of becoming a woman instead of a frail spoiled girl. Pru has a very real man come on the scene to complicate matters between her and the ghosts, angels and vampires. It is about conquering fears and growing up as well as battling the darkness in our lives with the light of our convictions.
I got started while I was reading about the history of this battle and I thought how silly they all were to be going to a ball before they died. I thought what would a young girl feel after losing her love or brother to such an event after attending such a ball and I went on from there with my imagination. I had to have someone rescue her and what better than a French vampire to rescue an English maiden. I also needed some humor after all the horrors and terrors so I borrowed from my point of view too.
How do you create your characters?
I think of people I have met. I try to take some of the characters I have read about in other books too. I especially try to find the goodness from other characters and personalities and what their point of view must be.
What inspires me to write?
My Latin professor used to tell me that my translations were filled with more imagination than he could ever conceive. I had an Anthropology professor tell me the same at the University of Alabama. The only one to ever really inspire me was my daughter, who said, “Mama, write that stuff down and send it off and somebody might like it.” I would never have tried if not for her. My children and God are my inspirations.
What do you like to read?
I love history but I have a passion for Regency Romance. I am a Sci-Fi nut and love all of it but the slice and dice. I can’t stomach the real messy stuff. But give me both Regency Romance and the magical or paranormal and I am in heaven. The Eternal Press authors have a lot of really good books to read. “Milk Carton People”
What would you advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
I would say, “Read.” Read everything that interests you and what relates to what you want to write. The first thing you should write about is something you know, something that is part of you. Then try to write a skeleton of what you want to say, then put the meat on the bones. Follow your dreams when you are young if you can but remember it is never too late to dream.
Anything else you’d like to share.
Don’t let your life get in the way of your dreams. Life is too short. Go after your dreams when you are young, if at all possible. (Never give up, never surrender). Writing a book is like having a baby, You are excited and expectant, then you feel a little sick to start, you feel out of sorts, you grow and expand, you finally think you can’t take it anymore then you get published and you deliver, but the work instead of being over has just begun and the work is even harder. Raising a kid is the hardest part not the pregnancy. By the time you have it right you will feel old and beat up and maybe disappointed and maybe you start another baby. That’s life and that is what makes us strong.