1) Why did you choose to write about elves?
The elves were actually my grandson’s idea. We were out gem hunting last year and we were discussing the “magical” properties of gemstones. He suggested I write a book with elves and gemstones and The Gemstone Chronicles series was born.
2) What kind of books did you enjoy reading while growing up?
Growing up I read pretty much everything. I read Tolkien, Ursula K. LeGuin, Stephen Donaldson, Robert Ludlam, and even some of the Read’s Digest Condensed Books!
3) There is lots of rocks and mineral information in your book, and references to being a rock hound. Could you share some of your experience collecting rocks?
I discovered the pleasure of rock hunting when we moved to the north Georgia mountains. In fact, it was a gem hunting trip that got me hooked. My brother and I were looking for something different for my grandson and his two girls to do one day and we happened upon a place that allowed us to dig through a dirt pile and find gems. We had a pile of dirt, a creek, and shiny rocks! It was a great day and got both my brother and I hooked. We now are members of the local mineral society as well as a weekend gold miners club!
4) Could you summarize what writing means to you in one sentence?
Writing is a way to give to my grandchildren a legacy that they can pass on to many more generations.
5) What advice would you give for writing fantasy books, especially about elves as a character?
My advice for writing fantasy is to find a storyline that appeals to you, and make it a tale you could tell your children or grandchildren!
6) What other projects or books are you working on right now?
I am currently working on the last book of the series. I am working on the edits/rewrites/revisions and plan to have it in my editor’s hands by August. The plan is to release it at the end of November 2013!For a review of the first book in the Gemstone Chronicles: The Carnelian, link here. Magik and Mayhem Main Blog Hub.
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