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Unknown Touch: Werewolf Series, 1
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Q: Does Dominic ever get a real girlfriend?
A: "Ever" is a very long time. And who's to say that he doesn't end up with Kara? Nothing is set in stone. I don't have an answer one way or the other. I sure hope he ends up with a girlfriend as he is such a caring person.



Q: Have you decided if Kara is going to convert?
A: Yes, I have decided. I won't directly answer this one. What do you think?!


Q: Will Kara keep her special mental abilities if or when she converts?
A: Can't say.



Q: Could the werewolf curse cause the lack of children?
A: Yes. The answer is a bit involved & will be talked about in future books.



Q: If the original witches that cursed the werewolves in the first place were to die, are the werewolves then "cured"?
A: No. The original witches have already died. For example, Daniel is 342 werewolf years old. Those witches were not immortal & died normal deaths.



Q: (I've reworded this question) Do the werewolves continue on as if time has frozen them in a certain age and a play button has been pressed?
A: Yes, more or less. Daniel & the majority of his pack were turned into werewolves while they were all around the ages of 18 – 27, give or take. Their physical appearance will never look older than about 30. The ones that were BORN into werewolves, will grow into adults & again, won't physically look older than 30. Now, if someone is 50 years old & gets turned into a werewolf, he reverts BACK to his prime – about 30 years old & stays that way…which you might think is a blessing, but there would still be repercussions to deal with.



Q: Do the werewolves want to go back to their original selves…in other words…if given the chance, do they want the curse lifted and become human again?
A: Hmmm…this has not been addressed yet. I'm sure there would be some that would want to live normal lives, but most have been werewolves for so, so long that this is all they know. This is their life. And, of course, we have the ones that were born werewolves and they do not know any other way of living. There's the possibility that the curse cannot ever be lifted, either.



Q: If a werewolf turns/converts/bites someone, how is that particular person effected?
A: That new werewolf has all the exact traits & similarities as other werewolves: strength, speed, agility, heightened senses.



Q: --I received numerous questions about the vampire, Josiah…--
A: Sorry, but I have chosen not to answer any of those questions at this time. I feel in doing so it would weaken the impact and thrill of learning the vampire traits while a person reads about them in an upcoming novel. I kept trying to come up with a way to answer some of the questions, but I sensed the anticipation would be ruined for future stories. 



Q: How come none of the villagers question why the adult werewolves never age (the villagers don't know they are werewolves)?
A: That will be answered in Book Two. I'll just say the werewolves get a little help from some allies with this one.



Q: Do the werewolves have souls?
A: I am definitely staying away from the religious side of this! But, to give a basic answer (my personal feelings) - "yes, they do have souls" and I'll leave it at that. At NO time during the series will I attempt exploring religion and try to tie it in with any of the paranormal, supernatural events or characters. Opinions on religion and souls are a delicate, controversial subject.




Q. How many books will there be in the series?
A. Three. 

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Unknown Scent: Werewolf Series, 2
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Q:  Who or what are the "unknown"?
A: The Unknown are the supernatural beings: werewolves, vampires, demons, etc. They are called the Unknown because they try to hide their existence from humans.


Q: What do the titles of the books mean?
A: "Unknown" refers to the supernatural beings. The second word is one of the five senses (of course, there is the sixth sense of intuition-perception…). So, the titles can stand for: Werewolf Touch, Werewolf Scent, etc. The werewolves have heightened senses. Titling the books with the different senses creates a common theme in the series. Also, the titles can refer to the vampires or demons and their unique senses. Not only that, but it can include how Kara relates to the supernatural beings sensory experiences! Scattered throughout the storylines, I have made a point to discuss or explain what senses several characters are feeling.


Q: Will there be more demons in the future?
A: I'm not sure. Probably not in Book 3.



Q: Will we learn more about vampire mythology, like we did with the werewolves?
A: I heavily explained the "rules" of "my" vampires in Book 2. 


Q: Where do you come up with character's names?
A: I research the internet. If I know the approximate timeframe a character was born, I'll look up names that were popular during that point in history. Also, I choose names that I like or that have a cool sound/ring to them.


Q: The werewolves rip their clothes to shreds if they don't remove them before transforming. But what about vampires? You never said Josiah removed his clothes before transforming…what happened to his clothes when he transformed?
A: Vampires' abilities far surpass what werewolves are capable of doing. A significant example: Josiah is able to turn into mist. Plus, he can shape shift into many other animals. The clothes vampires wear need to be of natural materials. The clothes are absorbed within the vampires' very substance since they are able to manipulate molecules and particles.


Q: Wouldn't Daniel have "smelled" Dominic on Kara after the make out session?
A: Yes. And Kara would've told (= lied to) Daniel that Dom and she sat for an hour or so talking about the current chaos and possible scenarios. She would've told Daniel that she gave Dom a hug (not uncommon) before they retired for the night…explaining Dom's scent on her body.


Q: You barely talked about Rachel's pregnancy in Book Two. Will we learn more at some point?
A: Yes. You will eventually find out how it all turns out.


Q: What about the "working phone lines" in the underground facility? Wouldn't this compromise the secrecy of The Liaison - with the phone company knowing there was someone making calls from down there?
A: Tessa – who is a computer whiz - finagled, along with Dom who is also great with technology, the phone lines. They illegally hacked into wiring on a nearby telephone pole.


Q: Do the werewolves have souls? And the vampires?
A: Yes and yes. The first question was asked in the FAQ for Book One, too. For my stories, these supernatural beings definitely have souls. They are real, living, breathing, thinking, decision-making, creatures/species. I will NOT write about the religious aspects of souls and what it all means or doesn't mean pertaining to werewolves and vampires. Lexy deals with ghosts…spirits…which for some people could be considered a person's soul. I will likely write about their souls, but not in a deep, religious manner. And we'll leave it at that =)


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Rocked: A Chelsie Valdar Saga, 1
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Q: Is the girl on the book cover supposed to represent Chelsie?
A: Yes. And you can see a sword in her hand, which represents the Tyrfing sword.


Q: Is this a trilogy?
A: Yes. 


Q: What will the other two books be about?
A: This first book deals with the PRE-Apocalypse time. So, the second book will be about THE Apocalypse time - what Chelsie and her group experience as Yellowstone explodes and the immediate aftermath. And the third book will be about the POST-Apocalypse time and how life has changed.


Q: So, does Chelsie end up choosing Lucas or Bo?
A: That is just TOO much of a spoiler to spill here. And the person she chooses at the end of this book, doesn’t necessarily mean that she’ll stay with him forever. Then again, she might. Who knows? 

Q: This story transpires over one week?
A: Yes. If you ever watched the TV show “24” with Kiefer Sutherland (or other similar shows), that is where I got the idea on how I wanted to pace this book. Fast moving, keeps the suspense high, takes you through the motions of what happens to Chelsie (& her gang) every step of the adventure. Except “24” played out an entire hour by the second and minute during each episode. “Rocked” is not THAT detailed. If it was, it would be 3 billion pages long.


Q: Is this written in first person?
A: Yes. And it’s also PRESENT TENSE, which isn’t seen as often. I believe “Hunger Games” is written in present tense. This was a challenge for me, but after several chapters, I fell into a groove. I really wanted the reader to experience the story through Chelsie’s eyes and emotional state AS things happened to her.


Q: Is the Tyrfing sword real?
A: It’s on the internet, so it MUST be real! Actually, there are all kinds of myths and legends about the Tyrfing sword and Hervor and her Viking family. I used those legends in this story. Very interesting stuff.


Q: The Bigfoot characters are something a little different. Where did you get the idea?
A: I think from a cable TV show about searching for Bigfoot. And, yes, I wanted to come up with a being/creature/species that we’ve heard about before, but wasn’t as popular as werewolves and vampires. But I still love them, too!


Q: What are the different supernatural beings in this book?
A; Bigfoot, werecats and werewolves. Vampires are mentioned, as they do exist in this “world”, but no vampire characters are introduced. Yet.


Q: What is the plural of Bigfoot?
A: Bigfoot. Just like the plural of deer is deer.


Q: Which forest were they in?
A: Willamette National Forest, Oregon.


Q: Remind me again of the life spans of the different beings…
A: Werecats and werewolves live hundreds of years. Vampires can live thousands of years. Bigfoot usually live to be about 100.


Q: What is everyone’s age?
A: Chelsie: 17. Bo: 17. Lucas: 19. Ash: 16. Jessie: 16. Alex: 18. Chelsie’s Dad (Mark): 40.


Q: Is this Apocalypse going to be really bad?
A: Yes. That’s why it’s called an Apocalypse, AKA: Armageddon, Day of Reckoning, Judgment Day, End of the World. So, yep, this is the nasty one.


Q: Do the names of the characters have any special meaning?
A: Some do. Chelsie, Ash and Bo are named after my dogs who have all passed away. And the one dog was actually Ashes, not Ash. Jessie is named after my current pet cat. Gator is my mom's dog.



Q: Why did you choose Chelsie’s hometown as Estacada, Oregon?
A: I purposefully meant to choose a place where actual Bigfoot sightings are common. Estacada, Molalla, Clackamas County region…Oregon in general. And I like small towns, so Estacada was perfect with the larger city of Portland nearby.


Q: Alex is really nutty, huh?
A: Yes, which makes his character extra fun and intriguing. You never know whether he’s going to do something good or bad. And when he might suddenly spin out of control. He definitely creates problems for Chelsie and her gang. Sometimes he’s helpful but he’s still deranged…plagued with mental problems. Do you trust him or not?


Q: Will we read more about Zane the werewolf?
A: Yes. He’ll be returning in the next book.


Q: Is this series related to or a spin-off from your Werewolf Series?
A: NO. I decided to keep them completely unrelated…otherwise the Werewolf Series storyline would also have to deal with The Apocalypse and I didn’t want that.


Q: Isn’t Chelsie’s dad supposed to have possession of the sword?
A: Perhaps. But she is now attached to it. She is destined to wield the Tyrfing. The Tyrfing is meant for her. Chelsie and her brother are important in sculpting the new world. Possessing a powerful and mystical weapon can aid them in various ways…which you’ll have to wait to read about in the next book.


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The Reaper’s Cat
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Q: Do I see a ghost on the cover or am I losing my mind?
A:  Yes, that is a ghostly image on the book cover.


Q:  How long did it take you to write this book?
A:  Three weeks!! I wrote it during November 2014. I entered the NaNoWriMo Writing Challenge (National Novel Writing Month) and finished the month as a WINNER! NaNoWriMo involves writing 50,000 words within a month. I surpassed that figure, as The Reaper’s Cat has around 70,000 words!


Q:  Did you outline in advance before the NaNoWriMo Challenge?
A:  Nope. I dove in head first. I made the decision to enter the challenge at the last minute. There wasn’t enough time to create an outline. I spent about one day coming up with names, places, main plot, and how I wanted it to end.


Q:  Do you have a black cat?
A:  No, I have tortoiseshell cat, or tortie, as some people fondly call them. Her name is Jessie and I rescued her... she was a stray hanging around my back yard for five weeks and then we “adopted” her.


Q:  Do the names of the characters refer to anyone or mean anything?
A:  Yes. Since I had very little time to come up with names when I wrote this book (because of the urgency with competing in the NaNoWriMo Challenge), I needed to think of names FAST! And so, here’s what most of them refer to:
>>Baylor:  we were watching a season of Survivor and this was the name of a contestant.
>>Riley:  from my days of watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer... one of Buffy’s boyfriends.
>>Gwennan:  quick research on the internet to find a “different” type of name that had an important, significant meaning to it. Gwennan means: Blessed.
>>Merle:  from The Walking Dead... bad guy.
>>Cammie:  from The Originals... nice girl, pretty, neat name.
>>Dixon:  from The Walking Dead – Daryl’s (& Meryl’s) last name.
>>David:  an ex-boyfriend from my high school days.
>>Caroline:  character from The Vampire Diaries.
>>Sarah:  just popped into my head!
>>Jack:  a play on words... Jack the Reaper/Jack the Ripper. HA!
>>Ian:  paying homage to Ian Somerhalder/Damon of The Vampire Diaries.
>>The FAKE town: Meyer Hills, Arkansas:  Meyer is dedicated to Stephenie Meyer, author of The Twilight Saga. Not long after reading the series, I started seriously writing my own books. Arkansas is the state where my mom lives (at the time I wrote this).
>>The Reservoir: was a REAL place I went to as a teenager with several of my friends. The shack and several other details about it in the story are made-up. Some of the details describing The Rez do come from my memories of actually being there, though. But not all!


Q: Baylor was a beautician. Does that mean anything?
A:  Yep, I’ve been a licensed beautician for years! I used to own a beauty salon, but sold it in 2010 and started writing full-time.


Q:  Did you create the book cover?
A:  No. I found a graphic design artist.


Q: Is The Reaper’s Cat a series?
A:  No. I wanted to focus on writing a stand-alone novel.


Q:  Oh, come on! Please! Make it a series!?
A:  Well... never say never, right? So, who knows?


Q:  Did you have a brother that died?
A:  No! That was purely fictional for the story. All for the drama!


Q:  Did anything horrible happen to you in your life that this book is based upon?
A:  No, thankfully!! I just watch and read A LOT of scary stuff and I get crazy IDEAS!


Q:  The story definitely has some helpful cat care info in it. Is there a reason for that?
A:  Yes. I also own a cat care website:  www.catstheboss.com. I thought it would be cool to offer my cat-loving visitors there something interesting... a story that includes a cat J


Q:  This is written in first person, PRESENT tense. Are all your novels written that way?
A:  No. So far, they are all written in FIRST person, but some are PAST tense. And, yes, it gets very confusing for me at times. I’m not sure which way I prefer to write. The first time I wrote in PRESENT tense, I thought I would go crazy. By the time I finished that book, I had gotten accustomed to writing that way, though.

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