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New Release: Shadows of the Past #paranormal #historical

                     Shadows of the Past

               by Carmen Stefanescu

This is a re-release by the marvelous author, Carmen Stefanescu. Now with a new publisher, the book has a fabulous new cover as well. I enjoyed this story tremendously, and I know you will, too.

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.

Blurb:

Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy Shadows of the Past

About the Author: 

Carmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

High-school teacher of English and German in her native country, and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression by escaping in a parallel world, that of the books. Reading was, is and will always be her greatest hobby.

The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989, and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Poems first, and then prose. Both in English.

She likes to blend genres and thus she writes paranormal stories with a smidgen of mystery, history and romance. The reader will find suspense, dark themes, adventure, danger as well as sweet revenge. She calls her stories “gothic” romance. Her writing focuses on rebirth, past life regression, karmic retribution.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

Connect with Carmen Stefanescu:

Blog | Simplesite | Twitter | Pinterest | Facebook | Goodreads | Google+

Amazon Author Page | Cold Coffee Cafe

Other books by Carmen Stefanescu:

Till Life Do Us Part
Dracula’s Mistress
Dracula’s Prodigy

Writer Wednesday: Twitter Tools You Can’t Do Without

Most of the Twitter tools in the following reblog are tools I also use, and Mae Clair does a great job of explaining their value.

MY FAVORITE TWITTER TOOLS BY MAE CLAIR

Reblogged from Marcia Meara Writes  via Carmen Stefanescu’s Shadows of the Past

Hi, everyone….Mae here again. I hope you don’t mind me popping in to share.
When it comes to social media, I’m a big fan of Twitter. It’s quick, allows me to connect with other Tweeps, catch up on events, follow trending topics, and experience news as it happens. All in one neat little social media platform.
As good as Twitter is, it’s even better paired with other applications. Today, I’d like to share a few I’ve found particularly helpful. I know many of these are commonly used, but hopefully, I’ll hit on something of use to someone out there.

One of the things I like best about Twitter is the ability to create lists. As an example, I have a Twitter list for my writer friends, one for cryptozoology  (a favorite topic of mine), another for family (not too many of them on Twitter) and another for celebrities and best-selling authors (i.e, Lana Parrilla, Jennifer McMahon, Jackson Galaxy, Australia Zoo). These are just a few my lists. I have a dozen of them and with all of those lists, things can get a little cumbersome.
That’s where Hootsuite comes in.

Hootsuite LogoHootsuite is a free platform that complements Twitter and other forms of social media. There are pay plans, but I haven’t needed to go that route, and I’ve been using Hootsuite for three years. I like that I can turn my Twitter lists into “streams” within Hootsuite.

When I open my Hootsuite dashboard, all of my Twitter lists appear in one place. In addition to the lists I mentioned above, I also have streams for anytime someone @mentions me, and a stream for scheduled messages. Whenever I promote another author or guest blogger on my site, I schedule several tweets throughout the day connecting to their post, and Hootsuite sends them at the appropriate time.

I’ve also got Hootsuite set up to stream my Facebook page and my Facebook author page so I can view both FB and Twitter in one place. It also supports Google+ and Instagram.
Pretty cool, huh? There’s even more…
Hootsuite has a built-in URL link shortener called Ow.ly which is extremely handy. So now instead of http://maeclair.net/2016/01/04/cover-reveal-a-thousand-yesteryears-by-mae-clair/ I get http://ow.ly/Xmr4L This directs users to the same post and is a lot handier when sticking to Twitter’s 140 character count.

You can also set up streams within Hootsuite to grab Tweets related to a specific hashtag. I have one set for #Mothman. Any time someone uses that hashtag in a Tweet, Hootsuite grabs it for me. Why would I care about those Tweets? Because I’m writing a series that prominently features Point Pleasant’s notorious cryptid. Whenever Mothy gets a mention, I want to know what’s being discussed. I might also want to follow the Tweeps doing the Tweeting. If they’re interested in the Mothman, they might be potential readers for my series.
I positively LOVE Hootsuite! You can learn more about it and create your own free account at https://hootsuite.com/
Statue of the Mothman in Point Pleasant, West Virginia

ManageFlitter
This is another freebie and it’s great for managing your followers. When you sign in with Twitter it gives you a list of how many people you’re following who are NOT following you back. Phhf! The nerve!

ManageFlitter makes it easy to prune your account and eliminate those followers. I follow a number of people who don’t follow me back, but most of them fall into the celebrity/news/bestselling author/specific interest category.
Generally, when I follow someone, I wait a week, then check ManageFlitter. If they haven’t followed me back, I click the unfollow button. ManageFlitter also lets me see which of my followers aren’t “talkative.” So, if I’m following someone and they haven’t made a single Tweet in say…five months, I unfollow them. This keeps my Twitter account pruned to Tweeps who are active. Finally, ManageFlitter will also tell me if I’ve picked up any spam accounts so I can unfollow them, too.
Get your free ManageFlitter account at https://manageflitter.com/

Crowdfire
I’ve only been using Crowdfire for a short time, but I love it. It’s also free and does everything ManageFlitter does, with some additional bells and whistles. The layout is a bit better, plus it has the added benefit of showing you who RECENTLY unfollowed and followed you, so you’re viewing less Tweeps at a time.

It has a handy “copy followers” feature, which allows you to import another user’s followers and see who you might want to follow (think target auidences for your genre). You can also pop a hashtag or keywords into Crowdfire (i.e, #Mothman, Jennifer McMahon) and it will kick back a list of relevant Tweeps. These are all people you might want to follow.
This link will tell you about Crowdfire and let you set up a free account 
https://www.crowdfireapp.com/about-us 

Read the whole post here: Marcia Meara Writes

Author on Board: Carmen Stefanescu

Carmen Till Life Do us part-001WELCOME, CARMEN STEFANESCU

I’m excited to welcome my talented, generous friend Carmen Stefanescu to fill us in on her latest release that will be coming out in June. Carmen is an amazing writer and wonderful person. Her new book cover is stunning. Also, check out her links below. Carmen’s website is a treasure for authors and her Pinterest a visual delight.

Flossie, thank you so much for having me as your guest today.  You know my interest in anything odd –  paranormal, myths,  legends  – all that is out of the normal boundaries.  Reincarnation and chat with ghosts can be included, too.

I’m thrilled to be here, and excited to share the cover for my incoming release

                            Till Life Do Us Part

Publisher: Solstice Publishing

Genre:  Paranormal Romance

Magic, Reincarnation, Mystery, Suspense

Release date: 9th June 2016

Blurb:

Barbara Heyer can hear voices of dead people. They whisper of their deaths, seek comfort for those left behind, and occasionally even warn her about future events. But when Barbara’s brother, Colin, is accused of murder, it will take more than her gift to prove his innocence.

Becoming smitten with the handsome investigator, Detective Patrick Fischer, is a serious complication given his assignment to her brother’s case. Barbara senses there is something far deeper—and perhaps much older—than the surface attraction between them. Could that be why she’s visited by a mysterious woman named Emma in her dreams? Could past life regression tie all the seemingly unconnected events together?

Barbara and Patrick must overcome heartache to find the truth to save Colin, and perhaps themselves.

Author Bio:

carmenCarmen Stefanescu resides in Romania, the native country of the infamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.

Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.

She has dreamed all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing. Several of her poems were successfully published in a collection of Contemporary English Poems, Muse Whispers vol.1 and Muse Whispers vol.2 by Midnight Edition Publication, in 2001 and 2002.

 Her first novel, Shadows of the Past, was released in 2012 by Wild Child Publishing, USA.

Carmen joined the volunteer staff at Marketing For Romance Writers Author blog and is the coordinator of #Thursday13 posts.

You can stalk the author here:

Website

Twitter

Pinterest

Facebook

Goodreads

Google+

Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paranormal Romance Thursday Tour

  Paranormal Romance Tour 7 (1)

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Shadows of the Past  by Carmen Stefanescu

Publisher: Wild Child Publishing

Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror

Blurb:

Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.

The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.

Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?

A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.

The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love.

Buy Links: Wild Child Publishing
Amazon     All Romance     Barnes & Noble

Excerpt:

The peal of the church bells from the abbey tower startled Genevieve. The sound added to her mounting anxiety.

The massive abbey loomed over the stone paved path.  All the nuns were at evening mass.  With a bit of luck her disappearance would go unnoticed for a few more hours. The Abbess would assume she was cleaning the toilets as ordered.

Fear skittered through Genevieve when she turned away from the abbey towards the path leading to town. Nothing stirred.  She hesitated.  Evil emanated from the forest surrounding the abbey. With a shiver, she leaned against the solid oak gates that flanked the abbey’s main path. They had hidden her from detection for the past couple of hours, but how much longer would she be safe?

The mountain shadows grew thicker and closer.

She moved her weight from one leg to the other. They ached from so much standing, but she lacked the strength to return to the gardener’s cottage and wait for Andrew’s arrival as planned. Genevieve closed her tired eyes. The image of old Ryan, slumped dead in his chair in his cubicle, caught life in her mind and made her whole body ripple with fear.

She’d rather wait for Andrew here, outside.

Had he forgotten his promise? What if something terrible befell him during the last three days, or he had changed his mind? Why should he risk all for an ordinary nun?

Had his folks talked him into giving her up, made him see reason? Helping her out of her predicament meant a huge risk for him — losing his family, his friends and his position among his peers. His words echoed in her mind. “I will risk everything for you, even life, if necessary.”

                                                          * * * *

“Anne, Anne, wake up. Wake up, please,” the insistent voice whispered next to her ear.  The touch of a hand, on her shoulder, startled Anne.

She opened her eyes, still half between sleep and reality. Her gaze stopped on a stranger, a woman, by her side.

The moon’s pale face, the only light, filtered through a small gap in the tent’s entrance; yet the stranger’s whole body emanated a kind of soft ray, a yellowish halo making her figure and face easy to discern.

A long, dark robe, similar to those worn by nuns in monasteries centuries ago, covered her body. No traditional headdress covered the woman’s red hair, which fell loosely over her shoulders in long, heavy tendrils and continued down her chest and back.

Anne stood up and studied the intruder with open curiosity. The stranger’s wax pale face looked corpse like. Anne opened her mouth to ask her who she was. She looked Anne straight in the eyes, placed her forefinger on her lips and whispered, “Hush, come. Follow me.”

Anne’s eyes widened.

The woman, moving away from the sleeping bag, appeared to glide above the ground. Her bare feet didn’t make a sound.

As if hypnotized, Anne followed the illuminated silhouette heading into the forest, without questioning her own actions.

An onrush of sensations unfamiliar to her followed. Dizziness and a malevolent feeling of unreality suffocated her. The presence of evil, creeping up and enveloping her, became almost palpable. Her throat turned dry, and she gasped for air.

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You can find more about the author Carmen Stefanescu and her works on her Website.  

Join me right here a week from today for the next segment of the Paranormal Romance Thursday- Tour, featuring author M.S. Kaye.

Authors in the tour are:

Cassandra Ulrich – http://cassandraulrich.blogspot.com/ 

Kimbra Kasch – http://www.kimbrakasch.com

 Lyndi Lamont http://lindalyndi.com/reading-room-blog

Carmen Stefanescu – http://shadowspastmystery.blogspot.ro/

M S Kaye – http://booksbymsk.com/

Penny Estelle – www.pennyestelle.blogspot.com

Margo Bond Collins – http://www.MargoBondCollins.com

Daisy Banks – https://daisybanks.wordpress.com/

Adrienne Woods – https://woodsadrienne.wordpress.com/

Julie A. D’Arcy http://juliedarcystoryweaver.blogspot.com.au/

N. N. Light http://princessofthelight.wordpress.com

And me – Flossie Benton Rogers – http://flossiebentonrogers.com/blog

Cheers & Happy Reading!

Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Romance

Vintage Friday: Romania 1963

I am excited and honored to present a special Vintage Friday for you written by friend and fellow author Carmen Stefanescu. Carmen lives in Dracula’s Country of Romania and is wonderfully informative on many topics, including literature, music, hidden mysteries, and mythology. She is sharing insights about her home country as it was in 1963 and a delicious vintage recipe that will leave your mouth watering all day. Carmen is the author of a remarkable novel, Shadows of the Past.  I enjoyed it immensely and if you haven’t read it yet, you are missing out on a moving experience. She is full of ideas and constantly writing to get more stories out for readers. Her website is a fountain of writing information, as is her Pinterest site, and her blog posts, including reviews, always leave me inspired. Please read on down to find out more about Shadows of the Past. Take it away, Carmen Stefanescu!

Romania 1963 by Carmen Stefanescu

Communist Romania,   including the 1963 year, was a long list of  “You aren’t allowed this!”

Meaning – we couldn’t  listen to American/British music and watch their films, speak about God, travel abroad, celebrate Christmas or Easter. It wasn’t allowed having your own business, owning foreign currency, listening to Radio Free Europe, speaking about Romanian monarchy, wearing jewelry and make up in high school. As I was a pupil at that time, I wasn’t aware of many things and interdictions. That  life was for me “normal”. I took things as granted.

In music it was the time of a famous Peruvian singer Ima Sumah  

Claudio Villa with his hit Un Tango Italiano 

or Adamo with “Tombe la neige/Tu ne viendras pas ce soir 

Except Romanian songs,  all people could listen on the radio was Italian music mostly. That year Romanian Television started broadcasting The San Remo music festival.

The apparent thawing of the  political and social conditions brought the Latin American music, too, –  Trio Los Paraguayos with their beautiful Malaguenia    or   Besame mucho  

and the Cubanese bonbons shaped as little hearts and made of  sugarcane. And the twist. And a film artist that became favorite among Romanian people Sara Montiel   

 Carmen de la Ronda a great  movie hit of hers among Romanians. I especially enjoyed it, you can imagine, as the movie had my name.

My grandmother and mother took care that I wouldn’t miss anything and they rewarded my good marks in school with treats. One of them is, up to this day, a favorite – CarmenCheese pie8-28-2015

Cheese Pies

Here is the recipe. I will give you a pretty easy one. With ready made pastry – Phyllo (Filo)

Phyllo is a paper-thin pastry dough that is used in many layers. The phyllo is generally wrapped around a filling and brushed with butter before baking. These pastries are very delicate and flaky.

Filling:

Carmenpies8-28-2015Soft fresh cheese, half a kilogram or if you like it thicker you can add more cheese.

 4 spoons of sugar,

2 eggs,

Vanilla essence.

If you, like me, enjoy your pie a bit salty, you can grate a bit of sheep salted cheese and add it to the filling. All the above are mixed. (You can add some raisins too, but you have to keep them for 15 minutes in milk to get them soften.)

How you do it:

You grease a tin and place a first layer of pastry that is also brushed with oil. You divide the filling in two parts. Add a part of the filling  over the pastry and press softly with the spoon all over the surface. Then you add above 3 or 4 more layers of pastry. Each sheet must be brushed with oil. Add the rest of the filling and finish with the last sheets of pastry that you mustn’t forget to brush with oil.

Before introducing the tin in the preheat oven ( 30 minutes), rung gently a sharpened knife over the top to  form rows in the pie. So you can cut it easier into pieces after it’s ready.

Cook for about 20-30 minutes, until the first crust gets a yellowish color. Take the tin out using a pair of kitchen gloves and sprinkle the pie with a spoon or two of cold milk; then keep it covered for 15 minutes with a clean, wet towel. Then cut into portions  using the lines you cut earlier.  Before serving,  sprinkle the pieces of pie with powder sugar.

Enjoy!

Shadows of the Past by Carmen Stefanescu

Carmenshadowsofthepastbk (2)Publisher: Wild Child Publishing
Genre: paranormal/light romance/light historical/light horror.
Blurb:
Anne’s relationship with her boyfriend Neil has disintegrated. After a two-year separation, they pack for a week vacation in hopes of reconciling. But fate has other plans for them.
The discovery of a bejeweled cross and ancient human bones opens a door to a new and frightening world–one where the ghost of a medieval nun named Genevieve will not let Anne rest. This new world threatens not only to ruin Anne and Neil’s vacation but to end all hopes of reconciliation as Anne feels compelled to help free Genevieve’s soul from its torment.
Can Anne save her relationship and help Genevieve find her eternal rest?
A touching, compelling story of tragedy, loss and the power of endless love and good magic.
The twists and turns in this paranormal tale keep the reader guessing up to the end and weave themselves together into a quest to rekindle love. Buy Link

Bio:

Carmen Stefanescu was born in Romania, the native country of the carmeninfamous vampire Count Dracula, but where, for about 50 years of communist dictatorship, just speaking about God, faith, reincarnation or paranormal phenomena could have led someone to great trouble – the psychiatric hospital if not to prison.
Teacher of English and German in her native country and mother of two daughters, Carmen Stefanescu survived the grim years of oppression, by escaping in a parallel world that of the books.
She has dreamt all her life to become a writer, but many of the things she wrote during those years remained just drawer projects. The fall of the Ceausescu’s regime in 1989 and the opening of the country to the world meant a new beginning for her. She started publishing.
She has joined the volunteer staff at MFRW blog.

I know you have enjoyed having Carmen Stefanescu here as much as I did. Romania was restrictive in 1963, but Carmen shared some glorious musical tidbits with us, as well as the delicious vintage cheese pie recipe.  Thank you, Carmen! Don’t forget to visit her website and give consideration to her wonderful novel, Shadows of the Past.

Tour Through Blogland

★¸¸.•¨¯`•. ★TOUR THROUGH BLOGLAND ★¸¸.•¨¯`•. ★

I was nominated to participate in the Tour Through Blogland by the wonderful author of Shadows of the PastCarmenshadowsofthepastbk (2) 

Carmen Stefanescu

Please make sure to check out the amazing treasures she has on her website. As a writer I am delighted to participate in sharing my creative process as well as learning from others. 

 

The rules for this tour:

tour-through-blogland1. Pass the tour to one – four other bloggers.
2. Give them the rules and a specific week to post as described in number 4 (usually a Monday but can be another day of the week).
3. Answer 4 questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do. Your answers will be posted by the writer who nominated you.
4. Post your answers on your own site the following week in a separate article. You can expand your article however you wish. Link to the writer who nominated you.

My lovely author guests are:
Jennifer Taylor 
Ronnie Allen

Jennifer Taylor

JenniferTaylor

Jennifer Taylor spent her childhood running wild on an Idaho mountainside. Although she’s lived across the United States, she’s still an Idahoan at heart and a notorious potato pusher. She has a degree in Human Services, but has worked as a roofer, a hoofer, a computer data operator and a stay-at-home mom.

Music has ruled her world since birth. She shimmied out of the womb with a bad case of boogie fever, but soon fell in love with lyrics, how the words fit together perfectly like a jigsaw puzzle. Jennifer uses music on a daily basis to uplift and inspire her writing. It’s no coincidence that Ian, the hero in Mercy of the Moon uses music to win heroine Maggie’s heart.

Mercy of the Moon is her debut historical romance, and Book #1 in her Rhythm of the Moon Series, published by the Wild Rose Press.

Jennifer lives in rural Florida and enjoys the comings and goings of her three grown children and three grandchildren. She feverishly lobbies for the return of breeches and would really love to see her husband of thirty-five years in a pair.

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Creative Process

JenniferTaylorMercyOfTheMoon_w8691_7501. Are you more plot or character driven in your writing process and why?
I always start with the characters in my stories. In Mercy of the Moon, the hero and heroine are interesting people by their own right, but put them together, and that’s when the plot catches fire. Take my heroine, Maggie Wilson, an 18th Century midwife. She is practical and serious, hard-working, and self-sacrificing, like a lot of women in this time period—all of her energies are spent on behalf of others, and she does nothing for herself. She must set aside her needs and emotions to take care of the women of King’s Harbour, and particularly her sister, who has been the victim of a sinister attempted murder. Then she meets Ian Pierce, a musician and apothecary, who brings her emotions to the surface and confounds and charms her with his humor and music. He makes her feel, and that’s something she cannot afford to do. The plot develops from their very diverse and passionate reactions to each other and to the mysterious circumstance in which they find themselves.

2. Where do you find most of your inspiration?
My biggest inspiration is music. Since childhood, I have been fascinated with how the lyrics and music fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, and to me there’s nothing more magical than the perfect blending of the two. My favorite musicians and songwriters inspire me on a daily basis, and I have playlists for characters and settings. Most of all, I depend on music for emotion: the elation of a first kiss, yearning, sorrow. Music also keeps me going on those days when I need a little motivation!

3. Do you work on more than one project at a time?
Since Mercy of the Moon is Book #1 of the Rhythm of the Moon series, while I’m working on my current story (Book #2), I get ideas about the plot of the next one, and jot them down in a crazed fashion so I don’t forget. I get a little story thread and I think my subconscious gnaws at it until it’s time to work on it.

4. Do you stick to projected storyline or do you let a story flow and take its own life?
I start a story with a rough outline, but it invariably changes as I work. For example, this week I was writing a scene where Maggie and Ian were supposed to be doing one thing, but they ended up having hot sex instead. What’s a writer to do? 😉

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Ronnie Allen

RonnieAllen

Ronnie Allen is a NYC woman transplanted to rural central Fla. seven years ago. She’s still experiencing the culture shock as she depicts within her protagonist, Dr. John Trenton in her debut novel, Gemini, which will be released by Black Opal Books this spring. Ronnie worked within the NYC Dept. of Education for thirty-three years as a teacher, crisis intervention specialist, staff developer and teacher’s mentor. She’s a NYS licensed School Psychologist, which her antagonist, Barbara Montgomery pretends to be. In addition to her day job, Ronnie is a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner specializing in the mind body connection, spirituality and metaphysics. I guess you can say, every trait in Ronnie is portrayed in Gemini. Well not every, more will come through in Aries, her second novel to be released in the fall.

Creative Process

1. Are you more plot or character driven in your writing process and why?
I write psychological thrillers, which are usually more plot driven, but as I delve into the psychology of the mind behind the crime, my novels convert to character driven. So, I would say I am 50/50. My novels are crime based, in NYC primarily, so the setting is very important to me. My antagonists range from psychopathic serial killers to drugs and weapon traffickers, to mobsters, both killers and kind, prison inmates or gang members. All are appropriate in behavior and language that is expected in their social sphere. So in this aspect, my character driven focus comes out. I also have a background in psychology so my heroes, protagonists, are in this field.

In Gemini, which will be released by Black Opal Books, late spring early summer of this year, my protagonist is a forensic psychiatrist. The antagonist is a school psychologist, who is a stripper by night, school psychologist by day.

In Aries, the second book to be released in the fall of 2015, the protagonists are a forensic psychiatrist and a newbie detective who was a former teacher before she entered NYPD. They are also the romantically involved characters in this novel which ends happy for now.

2. Where do you find most of your inspiration?
For me, most of my inspiration comes from my own fantasies, and I put myself into the roles of both the protagonist and antagonist and every other character, even minor ones.

3. Do you work on more than one project at a time?
Actually I tried that but it doesn’t work for me. I produce a much more cohesive manuscript when I am focused on one at a time.

4. Do you stick to a projected storyline or do you let a story flow and take its own life?
For Gemini I plotted an outline from start to finish, and then when I actually began to type it, I expanded, added plots, characters, twists, setting. Gemini being my first novel ever, took me a few years from beginning to write to finding a publisher and now it will be released in a few months.

Aries, the second in the Sign Behind the Crime Series, was plotted for a good five months before I sat down at the typewriter to begin a chapter. I flushed out all of the characters, a majority of the plot, did a lot of research, in preparation to have a cohesive story. When I sat down to write the plot thickened, more unexpected twists arose and I was able to get 122,000 words onto paper in three months and 10 days. After writing the novel, I worked with critique partners and beta readers and submitted my novel to the publisher November 4. I received a contract two weeks later. So to answer the question, I do plot and plan but the story does take a life of its own flowing out of my mind through my fingers onto the paper.

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