Thirty thousand feet. I became an author at thirty thousand feet. I’d like to say there was something dramatic, like some light from the heavens that shined on me through the porthole window of the airplane, but no. I wasn’t even in first class.
As I recall I was cramped in economy with enough space to work on a computer much like a praying mantis with his little arms bend up and just the front ends working. That was before the guy in front of me reclined and forced me to type blindly because the screen folded in. But I digress.
I began writing during the height of the Twilight books. I had actually just finished a different series from J.R. Ward and was in search of a good, fun vampire series.
Faced with silly titles and sillier plots in the Romance and Paranormal aisle in Denver’s airport bookstore I was frustrated. I could write something with more substance that that! As I pouted on the airplane indignant that I could write better stories than what I saw on the shelves, I asked myself what would I want to read. That question lead to the question that really started it all. What If?
What if resulted in my first book, Defenders: Awakening, where the biblical Cain, of Cain and Abel, was banished as history’s first vampire.
At the same time I had Finnegan ruminating in my head. See, I have been in the military and defense contracting for my adult life and frankly some of the nonsense I see and live with makes my family laugh. Again, I asked my question: What if.
What if we could follow the exploits of the CIA’s agent worst agent ever? But not in a bad way – a funny way, and put her in serious situations but use humor?
Like – if Stephanie Plum and James Bond had a baby kind of humor. That ‘baby’ became Regina “Finn” Finnegan and the publication of Trouble Magnet. My Trouble series is simply a fun escape for beach reading, airplanes and long commutes on trains.
Are there more? Yes! I have characters, scenarios and ideas running in my head all the time and frankly nothing is better than using real life as a role model.
So beware if we meet, beware if we talk and share stories…you never know what will end up in a book!