Serenity is sixteen years old, living in a home that is ruled by fear and neglect. Since birth she has been inseparable with her best friend Skyler, their bond is intense and unique. Serenity has the secret ability to see light, peoples surrounding colours, revealing what’s in their soul. After finding a journal hidden in her wardrobe, she discovers she is not alone with this gift. Serenity and Skyler open up, with the guidance of friends, who capture their hearts and fight to protect them.
For people who love to read romance about being swept off there feet and rescued. A Low fantasy about friends, relationships and destructive families.
I don’t seem to know how to NOT write romance, and my imagination gave me a vision about a naked woman (who just endured shifting from a wolf), dying in the woods, handing over her baby boy to a little girl. I know, sounds odd but MY WOLF AND ME was born!
Do you remember the first story you ever read and the impact it had on you?
The one that made me fall in love with books was Dean R Koontz. I can’t remember the books title but it had a genius golden retriever in it. Sorry to spoil a book but there was a scene where the dog becomes very ill and I believe he was found in the pantry (Haven’t read it in over 20 years) but I cried and was so touched that a book could bring out an emotion like that. I was in that kitchen, with the dog’s owner, and my heart broke along with theirs.
Why did you choose to have Serenity rescued from her abusive home?
It is what I dreamed of. When I lived in that environment, I prayed to be taken away and able to rest my head in a stable home. So why not give Serenity the peace I didn’t get?
Where were you when the idea for this book came to you?
I was living in Austin Texas. I had just finished a self help book and the author explained that to heal from a traumatic event, you could simply rewrite the story. This blew my mind so I went back to a memory and began to rewrite! My mind loved the freedom and took off without looking back, hence 4 books in the series. It was hard to write. I cried but slowly was making room for forgiveness… See, that is why that little girl’s—my character—name is Serenity. She is my peace, my healing process.
Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
Umm… Both? The gift is the absolute joy it brings me. I adore writing. The curse part of it is, I adore writing and CAN’T STOP! Seriously! My husband just moved me into my own office and said, “Now, when you leave that office, shut the door and become a part of the family again.”
How long did it take you to write Serenity?
The first draft only took 28 days. She exploded out of me like a waterfall.
Out of your characters, who would you most like to spend the day with and why?
Oh, so hard to decide!!!! Uhhhhhhh…. I have to say Faith. She is so spiritual and so full of wisdom. I’d love to chat with her about her expectance of life. As the series goes on, you get to learn of her heartbreaking journey, and how it has made her a fiercely devoted strong woman.
Did you find any challenges in writing Serenity and what would you do different next time?
So many challenges because I was clueless about writing! It was so many trials and errors! I think that is why I was so nervous to release Serenity, she had been written over 8 years prior. I had to go back and try to insert all I had learnt over the years, writing other books. This is no easy task.
What would I do different? I… I don’t think anything. The journey was scary, trying and terrifying at times but it was also a beautiful learning experience. Especially about myself. I had no idea how determined I could be. It was nice to see that I am like Faith. A fierce woman with a heart of gold. My tragedies have made me… deeper.
Were there any scenes that you found particularly challenging to write and why?
The abusive scene with Serenity’s mother and father. I had to name the bad part of her dad, Father. It was the only way to come to terms with the pain. It brought up many old wounds having to relive witnessing violence through Serenity’s eyes, which are my own. That is how the paranormal aspect entered. I tried to explain the darkness that took over our house when my mom drank and his temper controlled him.
What got left out of the final draft?
So much that it made me nervous but my character building seems to be ok in this version, from what I am reading in the reviews. The scene where Serenity and Dereck have their first kiss and Josh splashes in the water interrupting them, there was a whole part that got deleted. Maybe I should release it on my website some day, so you guys can read it. My daughter loved that scene. She actually insisted I put back in a couple others. One reader was just telling me about a part of a chapter that had her in tears. She said it was the breaking point for her—the point the book became a part of her. It was a scene my daughter fought for. Neat, huh?
Were their any alternative endings you considered?
No. This full ride has always ended where it does now. My others books have changed for one reason or another but not Serenity.
What’s next for you?
Now it’s back to editing. We are working on Destiny, Serenity’s sequel. Scar Me, Steal me’s sequel. River, Rain’s sequel. And Red Waters, the third novella in the Tainted Water series.
What are you working on now?
When I can escape editing, I am working on several projects. Girls are beautiful, a YA novel. Another NA story, and then I get to finally dabble in a NA vampire story that has been begging to be told!
Can you share the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your books?
I am forming a street team/review group. I will be talking with them on a regular basis, so that’s one way. Also:
A huge Thanks to India for participating in this weeks author interview. I understand the desire to give Serenity saviours. I think your incredibly brave sharing your past with everyone. I love the idea of rewriting tragedies to make sense of madness outside of our control. Thanks to my readers for taking the time to meet India. Please show your appreciation in the comments section. Alternatively jump over to India’s site, she’d love to hear from you.