When I was in the Army, I learned some hand-to-hand combat maneuvers, and my son as a teen became a 2nd-degree Black Belt in two forms of martial arts. My daughter started taking it, but preferred her brother showing her some of the techniques instead, which led to Deidre’s not taking up martial arts, but being taught by her brother instead. J
Can you give us a hint what Deidre's secret is?
Yes! When I was a kid, a bully tried to force me off a sidewalk. I stood up to him, and got a fist in my face in response. He knocked me off my bicycle and I went home crying. J But it didn’t matter that I didn’t “win.” I stuck up for my rights. And I want my heroines to feel they don’t have to be cowed by others either. That they have rights, too. In my stories, the heroine wants to help the underdog also, who can’t help themselves, male or female.
My son was bullied in school, which was the reason I enrolled him in martial arts. To give him more confidence in dealing with bullies. He teaches and demonstrates martial arts when he has time while he’s in college. But years ago when I went to drop him off at kindergarten, a boy was kicking another who was sitting outside of the classroom. The boy who was being kicked, reminded me of my son. So I told the boy who was being bullied that he had cowboy boots on that would hurt a lot more if he kicked the boy back wearing the sneakers. I know, it wasn’t nice of me to say so. But the boy being kicked smiled at me and the bully’s eyes widened. You know what though? He quit kicking the other boy and hurried back into the classroom. J I don’t advocate violence in response, but the boy should have reported the bullying to his teacher. Often kids just put up with it though, suffering in silence. I substitute teach and have seen a girl exhibit the same kind of bullying behavior. Sad, but it’s the way of things, and we just have to stand up for ourselves
Is Deidre's Secret a stand-alone novel or can we look forward to a series?
She has special abilities. I love the paranormal, having read ghost stories and mythologies from around the world as a kid. I fell in love with Dracula when he was in a stage play at the local college while I was a teen. And The Vampire…In My Dreams, already out, is also about a girl who can not be easily influenced by a vampire’s charms. Why? She’s a witch.
So I love to empower my heroines with something that makes them special, even though they still get into tons of trouble. Lots of times because of their unique abilities!
Hmm, spring break is coming up…and trouble is already brewing on the horizon. J
The Witcher, Star Wars, Dungeon Siege, Neverwinter Nights, Hero’s Quest, King’s Quest, Lands of Lore and more. They’re all role-playing games where a heroine (that’s me) is on multiple quests to right all kinds of wrongs. They’re mostly fantasy type games set in older worlds, but Star Wars is set in the future, of course.Which character is most like you?
In the role-playing games, we can choose a character type and I usually pick a paladin—a fighter type who has some healing abilities, who epitomizes the knights of old—doing what’s chivalrous. Other kinds of character types are available, even someone who plays a darker character, thieves, wizards, just a whole slew of different possibilities. And you can go back in and play the game with another character type to see how different it is to solve the quests. For me, role-playing games are like reading a book, only I get to interact with the worlds and solve the quests myself…sometimes with disastrous results. I’ve learned to always save previous games!
I was a distinguished US Army ROTC graduate and served on active duty, then in the reserves until I retired as a lieutenant colonel. I loved seeing new places, and I was in the personnel field, so my job was helping others—the best of all worlds.
The Last of the Mohicans and I read tons of tales about Native Americans after that. But I also enjoyed Jack London’s White Fang and The Call of the Wild which gave me a special place in my heart for wolves.
If you love to tell stories, write them down, and some day you might just be published too! Even if you’re not a storyteller at heart, I hope you enjoy reading and share your love of reading with others, too. J
Thanks for stopping by and if you have a chance, read Deidre’s Secret and tell me what you think! I love to hear from fans!