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Where I’m from…
I live in Australia with my husband and daughter, but I was born in a town called Neptune in the US state of New Jersey. I lived in New Jersey until I was about thirteen when I moved with my family to Florida. In my young adult years I lived all up and down the east coast in places like Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.
How I ended up in Australia…
I met my husband online in a chat room. We were friends for many months before our relationship started becoming more serious. We decided we wanted to meet each other in person, so I came out to Australia to meet him. I have not been back to the US since. We married about three months later and we are still happily married today (yeah it can happen)!
When I started writing…
My first real writing experience took place when I was living in Florida. I was in high school at the time, and as part of my mass media class we were asked to write a radio script for a contest that a local universities radio show was hosting. I was grouped with two of my other classmates and we decided to write a medieval spoof with a lot of Star Wars references called A Knight to Forget. We ended up winning 1st place in the contest.
I’ve always loved making up stories. I usually made them up in my head for my own personal amusement. Sometimes I shared them, but I never considered writing them down until I was in college. As part of my English class, we were asked to write a few short stories. My instructor was so impressed with some of mine that he asked me to read them to the class (much to my embarrassment). One day after class he called me up to his desk and asked me if I had ever considered getting published.
It was not something I ever considered doing. I loved to write, but I loved to write for myself. I was really too shy to share my work with others. He got the gears in my head going, though, and I started wondering, “what if?” I became involved in a simulation role-playing game online, which involved doing a lot of writing. It was much like a collaborative writing effort, but you had your own character that you wrote for. The more involved I became in the SIM, and the more compliments I received about my writing, the more my confidence grew.
I decided that I would love to write professionally, but I had no idea where to start or what to write. So it was many years of just taking correspondence courses and lots of research about the industry before I really got my start. I began mostly with writing articles and short stories. I shared many of them at places like Suite 101 and other similar sites where you could share your work with others. I never had the courage to officially submit my work to a publication, however.
When I decided that I wanted to write a novel, I took a novel-writing correspondence course. As I worked through the course, I had a nearly completed novel, but I wasn’t happy with it. I decided to try again… and again… and again…
I think you get the point. I’m a perfectionist and I’ve never been happy enough with anything I’ve written to get it published. I learned that my biggest problem was that I was editing as I was writing. I made myself a promise this year that I would just write and then edit. I would get the idea out and then work on refining it. So far so good…
About Shadow Stalker Series.
Shadow Stalker is a series of short novellas (episodes) that tell the story of Auren, a
young shadow stalker who is being hunted by the Galvadi Empire because of their
belief that she will enslave the people of the Serpent Isles.
Episode 1: The Hidden Truth
Auren Trask’s perfectly normal life is disrupted when the Galvadi invade, and she
learns a startling secret about her past. A secret that will change her life forever.
Episode 2: The Delohi-Saqu’s Fate
Auren is being targeted by the Council of Elders, and the only one who could put an
end to their corruption is her father. But leaving the Dark Isle would turn Kado
Episode 3: Shadows’ Betrayal
After seeing the monster she will become, Auren swears not to leave the Dark Isle.
Despite that, the elders are conspiring against her. To escape their scheming, she
and Kado decide to explore the Dark Isle. But worse things await them in the forests.
Episode 4: Forbidden Love
Kado and Auren survive a deadly storm, but when Auren is forbidden from pursuing
love with another young shadow stalker, will it be enough to drive a wedge between
her and her foster father?
Episode 5: Destiny Reconciled Part 1
Auren and Kado accept that they may not be able to avoid her leaving the Dark Isle.
Now they have to prepare for that eventuality. Will the training be more than Auren
About Demon Hunt:
Auren longs for adventure and a break from her tedious life on Appolia. It’s the start
of summer, and she is looking forward to her yearly camping trip with her foster
father, Kado. She believes these trips are for fun, but when they arrive on Luten Isle,
Kado informs her that she is a shadow stalker, and she is in training.
One morning, Auren decides to take her training into her own hands. She only
means to practice seeing the veil to the shadow world, the world of the shadow
people and the source of their power. Instead, she opens the veil releasing a demon,
a guardian of the shadow world, into the physical world.
With the deadly beast loose, she and Kado don’t have long to hunt it down and
return it to where it belongs, or many innocent people could die.
Auren braced herself as they started their descent. Everything was going smoothly
until they reached the bottom and the canoe lurched, sending her flying forward.
Somehow she twisted her body and in the same motion reached her paddle toward
Kado, who instinctively grabbed it and anchored her to the canoe. Although landing
in the water might have been more ideal than having her body slam into the
unyielding wooden base of the canoe. Air was forced from her lungs as though she
had been kicked in the gut.
“We’re in calmer waters,” Kado said.
“I hadn’t noticed.” Actually she had noticed the ride down the river had smoothed
considerably, but the humor in his tone inveigled a sarcastic response.
Auren pushed herself up, but didn’t attempt to move from the center of the canoe.
Moving hurt. Her foster father would just have to paddle on his own for a while. Now
that they had reached calmer waters, they were moving a lot slower, and she knew
they had little time. “Kado, you know how you moved us through the shadow world
the other day when we were about to fall down the waterfall?”
“Why can’t we do that to get to the village faster?”
“We don’t know for sure it’s heading to the village. I want to watch the shoreline. If
we spot it, maybe we can stop it before it gets close.”
Auren nodded. It made sense, she supposed. “What if it just turns back and doesn’t
go to the village at all?”
“That would be ideal. If we get to the village and it’s not there, we will backtrack until
we either run into it, or run into its tracks.”
The mountains had given away to foothills several kilometers back, and even those
were becoming smaller and smaller. A herd of sheep grazed in the small grassy hills
to their left. They shouldn’t be far from the village now. Kado was still scanning every
inch of their surroundings as they paddled down the river.
As they rounded the bend, the village came into view. At first nothing seemed amiss,
but then they heard the screams.