I am a retired clinical hypnotherapist. I completed my Ph.D. in 1990 and started a private practice which lasted twenty-five years in Southern California. I moved to Tucson, Arizona in 2005 with my late husband Chad where I began to explore my creative side in singing acting and writing. I have three children living in Southern California, one who adopted me in Sparks, Nevada and seven grandchildren.
"Dreams and Vampires" was inspired by my late husband's love of science fiction and my own inquisitive nature of "what ifs." It is a combination of science fiction and fantasy with my own experience as a hypnotherapist thrown into the mix.
I wrote "Dreams and Vampires" in Arizona. However, when I decided to place the beginning of my story in Arcata, California it rekindled my love of the North West and the peaceful solitude it has to offer. I will soon move to Northern California with my cat Gwynie and Finish writing my second book in the series of "The Saga of a World Called Htrae."
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I am an "Army brat" so I grew up in two foreign countries and five states. My youngest years were spent in California, Texas and Germany, the latter in which I learned to speak fluent German by the age of seven. I believe my writing was greatly influenced by this by making my characters more adaptable to the changes they go through during the series; which are many. My teenage years started in Japan where I also learned to speak some Japanese, which is why I chose to have my characters on the parallel world speak a different language as well as English. I chose Gaelic Irish because, not only is it my ancestry, but that is where many of my mythic characters stem from.
When did you first start writing?
In high school, however I became a serious writer when I started my Hypnotherapy Practice many years ago. I wrote about my profession in "How to Set Up a Successful Private Practice," and "Scripts for Success." I sold to a few Hypnotherapy Schools and I gave Seminars, writing study books and a quarterly newsletter on the many ways to use self-hipnosis. It wasn't until my husband passed away from Alzheimer's that I found myself in a position to write for the pure pleasure of writing. That is when I started this series.
A story of all consuming love, betrayal, self-doubt and oppression of a tyrannical ruler on a parallel world, not so unlike ours. With one frighting difference; the sentient beings who inhabit it are vampires, werewolves, witches and humans, all with extraordinary long life. And they have been visiting Earth for thousands of years.
A love story with a twist. Two people from different universes fall in love but not before the main character is enmeshed in a mystery of frustration and self blame. She is human from earth and he is a vampire from a parallel world called Htrae. Once on his world she finds herself in danger not only from the world itself but from those who inhabit it. The choices she makes will determine her fate.