Thanks Derrolyn for allowing me to read your books, they are wonderful! If you haven't read my reviews you can find them HERE and HERE. Also there is going to be a giveaway at the end of the interview...so let's get started:
Where did the inspiration for “Marina’s Tales” come from?
I lived in the little seaside neighborhood in Aptos where the story takes place for the first ten years of my marriage, and I wrote it very much the way I remember it. I took lots of morning walks down the secret stairs to the deserted fog-shrouded beach, and out onto the cement boat. On my last visit, I was sad to discover that people are no longer allowed to walk onto the ship, for with every big winter storm it’s crumbling into the sea more and more.
What challenges did you come across when writing the book?
Keeping it clean! I’m the mother of three teenage daughters, so I have a vested interest in keeping the romance sweet...
What was your favorite part(s) to write?
Probably Lorelei the mermaid. I imagined her to be wild and animalistic, yet playful, innocent and childlike. I see my mermaids as being feral creatures, much more like dolphins and otters than human beings.
What is next up for you?
I’m currently working on book #3 in the series, “The Fate Of The Muse”. I hope to have it ready to go by the end of August. The beauty of self publishing, and e-books in general, is that the moment I’m satisfied with the cover and the final edit – one click, and it’s available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords etc. Instantly.
I’ve always been partial to warm colors like reds, oranges and golds – not very mermaidy, huh?
Everything! All kinds of Rock and Roll, from the 60’s to now, with a special love for punk a la Green Day/Ramones. I’ve seen the Stones, AC/DC, the Who and the Clash live and up close, as I like to remind my kids when I can’t hear their high pitched mosquito ring tones. I do have a mix on my i-pod of classical music and softer pop like Sarah McLaughlin/Roxy Music that I like to play while I’m writing. Lately, I’ve been loving Adele and Florence and the Machine.
Once again, Everything! Historical fiction, Chick-lit, Horror, Romance, Adventure, Mysteries – I can’t pick just one genre, let alone author!
Narrowing it down to my own, I still can’t pick just one. I have a soft spot for Cruz and Abby, and in the third book I’m having the most fun writing Shayla.
I have a great book titled, “My Last Supper” that interviews 50 of the worlds greatest chefs and foodies, posing the question: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you want for your last meal on earth? Mine would have to be a multi course extravaganza featuring sushi, pho, and some really spicy Thai food washed down with Champagne. Oh, and chocolate!
Anything else you would like to share about yourself?
I studied art in college, and worked nights as a bartender at an airport hotel. What great training ground for a writer... talk about a cast of characters!
Any final thoughts you would like to share?
I know it sounds terribly anti-social, but I think I may be the last person on earth that is not on Facebook, seeing it as one more chore in the endless to-do list of life.
And I type with one finger. Truly pathetic.
Thanks again Derrolyn. Now people Derrolyn has been nice and is giving away 2 sets of the ebooks away..so I will have 2 lucky winners! All you have to do is fill out the following FORM. the giveaway ends August 26th. GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!!