Q. What got you into writing dark fantasy?
A. Probably my taste for vampire novels, my love of paranormal erotic romance, and exploring the various facets of
human emotion and its ranges
and depths. I'm also a huge fan of science fiction and fantasy writing.
Q. Where can I find your novels?
A. At the moment I am published through Freya's Bower, and my works can be found here.
Q. What other authors do you think I would be interested in if I were to read works in the same genre?
A. I recommend Charlaine Harris, Yasmine Galenorn, Laurell K. Hamilton, Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, and Sherrilyn Kenyon. Fellow former Aphrodite's
Apples authors such as HS Kinn and Katrina Strauss also have some
excellent dark fantasy and supernatural romance novels and stories.
For works that are more along the lines of fantasy with a twist of philosophical mysticism, I'd recommend Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, particularly Moore's Promethea comic.
Q. Where do you get your ideas from?
A. Believe it or not, dreams. My Muse has been the best source of inspiration to me out of anything I have ever written.
Q. Are you actually involved in BDSM and fetish stuff? Do you actually do any of the stuff that you write about?
A. I describe myself as "sexually liberated" and "open minded", but no. What I write is fiction to be enjoyed,
a safe trip into the hearts and minds of people who undergo various experiences and when you close the book, you're back in reality, safe and sound.
In regards to BDSM, I believe whatever happens between two adults as long as it's safe, sane, and consentual is entirely up to them.
Q. Are you actually a pagan? Do you believe in any of the religious stuff as put forth in some of your books?
A. Yes, I worship multiple gods. It is said that people should write what they know about, and in a lot of instances,
that's just what I do. The rest is pure research and imagination. :)
Q. Are you a goth?
A. That would depend on your definition of goth. If it means to you that I wear no other color than black and am
frequently depressed, then no. If you define it as an appreciation and exploration of the aesthetics of darkness in terms of philosophy, art, and music, then yes, I am.
I am a self-described "closet goth", as the clothing and the music of the culture have been a big part of my life for nearly half of it, and I
have been known to frequent the club Manray in Cambridge, MA back when it was still open.
I'm also very fond of musicians like the Cure, Diary of Dreams, Sisters of Mercy, Depeche Mode, VNV Nation, Midnight Syndicate, Inkubus Succubus, Dead Can Dance, and Delerium.
Q. Any advice you have for aspiring writers?
A. Yes! Keep on writing, always strive to learn more about the craft and improve, and NEVER give up!
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