How did you come to be interested in the Lei Crime Kindle World?
I met Toby through her association with JET Kindle World where I’ve been writing novellas. We became friends on FaceBook and I fell in love with her and her stories. I’ve only been to Hawaii once, but reading the Lei Crime series makes me want to make that trip again.
Tell us how your story links to the Lei Crime Series.
I was hooked on Jared Stevens after I heard about his “three bang rule.” I love a challenge! On a deeper level, his hurt with his alcoholic mom and the death of his dad made me want to bring some joy into this loner’s life. So I decided he needed a break from LA and a leave of absence from firefighting. In my story, The Road to San Pancho, he is around 28 years old, so not yet decided to move to Maui. I take him on a road trip down the coast of Mexico towards San Pancho, near Puerto Vallarta.
The Lei Crime Series are police procedural mysteries with a twist of romance. What genres do you explore in your story?
The Road to San Pancho is a mystery with a hint of romance but more a searching and longing for love.
The Lei Crime Series is set in Hawaii, but these novellas could be set anywhere. Tell us about where you set your story, and why?
My story is set in Mexico. This has been my home for the last 14 years. I’m passionate about the warmth of the people, the lush tropics and seductive coastline.
Tell us a little about your main character. Why do you think readers will like her?
Peace is my main character. She is a 22 year-old, 5’2” feisty redhead with chocolate brown eyes. She loves the ocean, and brought up in Big Sur. Her mom dies and she buys herself a Volkswagen and decides to go searching for a father she never knew whom she believes lives in Mexico. We can all relate to her sense of loss, being alone in life, and desire to make that connection and find out why her dad has never been in her life.
What major theme comes across the clearest in your story? Is this a theme found consistently in your other works?
I LOVE strong female characters. That theme comes across in my writing. In the JET series, an ex-Mossad Black Ops female assassin is the ultimate warrior. Strong sexy take-charge woman who will do anything for her 3 year-old daughter Hannah.
JET: EXPOSED is a suspense thriller that uncovers a dark and dangerous world of high-level intrigue, passion, power and greed. JET flees up the coast of Mexico, chased by Cartels where she is rescued by a clandestine SEAL team, and their leader, high-tech billionaire Luke Raven. From Puerto Vallarta to Seattle, Paris to Shanghai, the games never let up. JET:ABDUCTED is a roller coaster ride of cartel drug and human trafficking across tempestuous high seas off the coast of Mexico. Don’t even think about kidnapping JET’s child! She’ll hunt you down and destroy you! JET-ULTIMATUM brings JET back to save the USA from the scariest hack perpetrated against DARPA. What would you do if you knew the Chinese were about to gain access to all the military installations and data in the USA? The theme in my JET books, are high technology, cyber war, a sexy female and super wealthy hot Luke Raven.
Target in the Sun is a story of a dangerous liaison between an older woman and her younger lover. It’s a riveting, complex journey through the explosive, dark underworld of organized drug trafficking interwoven with an emotionally charged story of disconnected search, longing and survival on the streets of coastal Mexico.
Share some of your story about becoming a writer.
I love to tell stories. Sometimes the truth and a story I’ve made up around it blend together. It’s a natural for me to write. I wrote my first novel so many years ago I can’t even remember it. I think it got thrown out recently when I was cleaning up preparing for a hurricane in Puerto Vallarta! There is no copy.
Do you have a background related to your writing? What makes you interesting outside of your books? Authors are often some of the most interesting people I’ve ever met!
I’m a military brat and I was a nun for a year! What a combination! Spies fascinate me! And I read and investigate all things clandestine including unusual and unconventional romance. I worked in fashion as a first career, sales for Resort Developers as a second career. So I love everything that is beautiful and creative in life. I’m a total loner. You will find me reading or writing or taking an airplane to places around the world. I love to write at Starbucks. They should pay me for tweeting from their shops around the world!
What are you working on next, aside from the novella in the Lei Crime Series Kindle World?
That’s a good question. I have a couple of projects. Fans often tell me what to do. That’s how I ended up writing 3 JET novellas. I’ve been asked to expand on Target in the Sun, that’s a possibility. But my heart might be in finding out what happens to Peace and Jared from The Road to San Pancho.
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