Back in 2005 (at 25), I had my world turned upside down and inside out. I was raped by an ex and I lost my job, my friends, and well, everything. I had been piddling here and there with writing [since 18], but it wasn’t until then that I really grabbed hold of the interest to. It was just something to do to pass the time before then. A hobby, nothing more.
But then after that very eye-opening experience, I needed something to help me survive, to focus on because I was on the last leg of life in many ways. So I decided then to write a full length novel and with the help of some friends, gained the courage to post my writing online. It was during that period that I found the interest to write. After that, I couldn’t stop. I kept going up and up and up.
Dark Illusions: The Beginning is about vampires who have existed since time began but have always tried to remain invisible to humans as much as possible. They’ve tried to fit in where they could so they wouldn’t bring attention to themselves. Not because they were afraid, but because they know what they’re capable of. There is a man in charge who sets forth the rules, but other clans of vampires have always wanted that position. A woman comes into the mix because of the interest in the rival clan to make her his mate and it sets off a whole chain of events that nobody, not even that current prince was prepared for. It also leads into a whole Universe that I enjoy reading as much as exploring and writing.
I think it could be Kat from Dark Illusions. From the beginning, her world is turned upside down, inside out, and then she’s thrown all over again into the void of confusion. Kat lives in a world of existence where she’s just existing. She lives in a very human world. Go to work, come home, nothing special. She wants to find love.
Suddenly she finds herself in the midst of a war of vampires where two different sides want her, and will do anything to have her. She faces trials that nobody really is prepared for and has to not only come to terms with it, but find out how to live this new life (new existence really) that is handed to her. She finds a love that feels is incredible and it’s constantly tested. Kat is forced to find a new strength she never knew existed inside of her before. I think she’s beautiful. She’s feisty and individualistic.
It always changes for me depending on the story. If I need a little help, I’ll play with ideas, but I seem to work best at just walking on in. The story isn’t as predictable for me too.
Jeanie is not only my editor, but she is my first reader because we connect so much in the way we think and I trust her opinion. I have her go over my story in two stages. The second is editing it. The first is when I’ve added all the changes I made in paper form to digital, and I’ve quickly gone through things. The book is really raw at that point and I’ve yet to find anyone who wants to touch a story at that time besides her so it works for me. It’s a preference I have to catch any and all issues then with the story so that when I delve into the next stage of edits, I can really pinpoint the places that need help.