The Author Who Most Influenced My Writing
Then, in the late eighties, I picked up a book by Jayne Ann Krentz that completely blew my mind. Sweet Starfire was a scifi book, but it was also a romance. Alleluia! I had found heaven. And if that wasn’t good enough a few months later along came Crystal Flame. My creative juices churned like a jacuzzi on crack, and they haven’t stopped since. All those stilted historicals I had been laboring over (on my ancient typewriter) went into the trash can. I was reborn as what would eventually become known as a writer of paranormal/scifi romance. Now when I sit down to write I draw on those initial feelings of wonder Ms. Krentz’ books inspired. They have led me to create Mercenary Heart, a Mardi Gras Publications release, The Keeper, due out next year from Midnight showcase, and Michael Angelo, an as yet unsold piece about a man who is half angel and half human. In addition I have several novellas due for release within the year and a number of novels under construction, including Mercenary Redemption, the sequal to Mercenary Heart.
When I reflect on my creations, I can only hope they bring the enjoyment to my readers that I experience when I pick up a novel by such authors as Susan Grant, Christine Feehan, Sherrilyn Kenyon or Jayne Ann Krentz, my own personal muse.