Random Tidbits

I was named after my grandfather and an Elvis Presley song.

My Cook County series was named in homage to David Cook.

David Cook is the greatest singer ever. This is not up for debate.

I have seen David Cook in concert 4 times. I will see him again. Oh yes I will.

I met David Cook in Nashville on 9/28/13 and in Louisville on 11/23/13.

I read Gone With the Wind in 2 days when I was 12 years old.

I was the nerd that read Shakespeare for fun.

I think I was the only kid in my school who understood what Shakespeare was talking about.

I read The Great Gatsby 4 times by the time I graduated high school. I was the only kid that enjoyed doing so.

As a tribute to the first reader to ever send me fan mail, a reader who I now call a friend, I have included her name in everything I have written since. (For series, she is mentioned in one book of the series. She is mentioned in every stand alone.)

Tennessee is my favorite place in the world.

Early reviews received for Blood Curse went into detail about how great a description I gave of Baltimore, and how the author clearly knew the area in depth. I went to Baltimore for the first time in June of 2013. LOVED IT. I wrote Blood Curse in 2005.

I do not write the Blood Revelation series. The characters tell me their story and I type it all down. It's kind of mystical, even a bit creepy at times. Yes, I often wonder about my sanity.

According to Ancestry.com, my distant cousins include Louisa May Alcott, Jane Austen, Rudyard Kipling, Barbara and George W. Bush.  

My hair has been blonde, brunette, black, red, burgundy, purple, and pink. Once it was orange but that was purely by accident.

I will not start writing a book until I have the PERFECT name for the characters.

I wrote 10 chapters of Cook County Book 2: Gettin' Lucky  before trashing the entire thing, creating an entirely new heroine, plot, and changing the title to Lucky In Love.

I did more research for Lucky In Love than I have ever done for any book. It took me two years to write due to fear of misrepresenting autoimmune disease.

I am both hydrophobic and pyrophobic. I clearly have issues.

My brother accidentally set me on fire when we were kids. I did not stop, drop and roll.  When flames are shooting out of your back, you do not think. You run and scream. Watch your children around fire, people!

The Avengers is the greatest movie of all time.

I adore mice.

I love animals. I do not consider reptiles to be animals. They are monsters.

I dreamed of the VA Tech shooting before it happened. Nightmares involving death deeply disturb me and give me great anxiety due to this.

I have nightmares more than I have dreams.

I rarely sleep more than 3 hours at a time no matter how tired I am. My brain does not shut off at bedtime.

I suffer from constant migraines.

In my teens I often went 4-5 days with no sleep at all, ending up in the ER a couple times with heart palpitations and hallucinations.

I am nocturnal.

I hate sex scenes. I hate writing them and I skip over them when reading for my own enjoyment.

I often make soundtracks for my books to keep me in the zone while writing. The right song at the right time can cause a plot twist that I never saw coming or change the whole tone of the book.

If an e-book is over $6.00 I will pay for the print copy.

I sometimes get books at the library. I would love for my books to be available at the library.

I write books featuring heroes that are traditionally attractive: Tall, muscular, gorgeous, blah blah. In reality, I don't go for looks and the men considered most attractive (Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Denzel Washington, etc) do NOTHING for me.

I hate Christian Mingle commercials.

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