Life is filled with tragedy and Ms. Bale's writing reflects this reality. However, there is always a silver lining...even if one must spend their entire life searching for it.
In her previous career, Ms. Bale traveled the United States as a Government Relations Liaison, working closely with Congressional offices and various government agencies. This experience afforded her a glimpse into the sometimes "not so pretty" reality of the political sphere. Much of this reality and various locations throughout her travels make it into her writing.
She dreams of the day she can return to visit Alaska.
What do your fans mean to you?
Do you know how amazingly humbling it is when a perfect stranger emails and tells you how much they liked your book and are looking for the next one? It's truly indescribable! When a fan email pops up on my computer, I feel like I just jumped out of and then right back into my skin - okay, that sounds weird. But it really becomes an almost surreal out-of-body experience for a split second. Then I have to email back and say I'm working on the follow-up. I know how disappointed I get when I'm reading a series, only to discover that the next book hasn't been released - and I'm so ready for it to be!!! That's hard when I have to share such news with one of my readers too, but I do understand.
What are you working on next?
The third and final book in the "Deepest Darkness" series. The first was "Running into the Darkness" followed by "Piercing the Darkness" - so now I'm writing "Rising from the Darkness." Do you see a pattern developing here? :-) Throughout the series, we've followed Dr. Samantha Bartlett as she tumbles down, deeper and deeper to the bottom of herself and who she HAS been in order to become who others WANT her to be - a deadly killer. After reaching the bottom, we see in the second book as she faces the consequences of what she's done, the fear of being discovered, and the surprise to realize that there are those who care about and still believe in her. The final book is where Samantha begins to piece the puzzle back together as truth dawns about who these people REALLY are who used her so brutally. But in the quest for justice, she'll lose much once again - our actions have consequences ultimately, and it is the strong person who willingly faces the truth of said consequences - regardless of the cost to self.