So, what’s your inspiration?

That’s the question you’re always asked when you write fiction. And it’s not always an easy one to answer. Inspiration comes from a lot of different sources–from your imagination, from media, from the people around you, from your own experiences.

For Jade, inspiration came from inside me. At it’s core, Jade is about a woman who wants to change her life. I think that’s something we can all identify with to some degree, whether it’s just wanting to lose a few pounds or cover up some new grey hairs or to make that career change we’ve been dreaming about for years.

There’s a lot of passion in Jade. My inspiration for that? Well, let’s just say that I have a wonderfully supportive husband who enjoys my research. I don’t write scenes that don’t work in real life.

Some bad things happen in Jade. Where does that come from? Well, bad things happen in the world all the time. That tends to percolate in my brain. Not all of my characters are good people, even when they aren’t vampires. I wrote them doing the things that they would do.

Ah, yes. Vampires. So where does the paranormal aspect come from? That’s where imagination kicks in. My vampires inhabit a world of my making. They adhere to rules that I devised. Am I influenced by other writers? Of course I am! Any writer who denies that source of inspiration is just flat out lying. But you’ll find the vampires in Jade to be something different than what you’re used to reading about. And you’ll learn more about them as the Bloodlines series progresses. And I promise, no one sparkles.

Speaking of the Bloodlines series, I’m currently working on Book 3: Ruby. Book 2: Heartbeat is being edited.