Tell me about yourself.
Author Bio: As a multi-published author, I spin tales for The Wild Rose Press, Highland Press, Published By RJV, Victory Tales Press, Western Trail Blazers and Tease Publishing LLC. My book, Lost in the Mist of Time, was nominated for New Books Review Spotlight Best Fantasy Book of the Year Award. A Twist of Fate was a nominee for Best Time Travel P.E.A.R.L. Award for 2008 and Creighton Manor won Honorable Mention P.E.A.R.L. Award 2009. Eli: Warriors for the Light received 2011 Best Sci-fi/Fantasy short story.
My new passion is creating book covers for Western Trail Blazers and Published by Rebecca J. Vickery. In my spare time, I review books for PNR-Paranormal Romance Reviews.
Whether your reading fancy is paranormal, historical or time travel, all my stories capture the rich array of emotions that accompany the most fabulous human phenomena—falling in love.
How long have you been writing?
I’ve always had a passion for writing. I used to fill notebooks with my tales of adventures. I wrote anything from short stories to plays. Westerns, paranormal and magic were the themes of these tales. Not much has changed. J
Where did the inspiration for this story come from?
I’m fascinated with the folklore about the Loch Ness Monster and the legend of the Great Glen. I combined the two and added my own twist to create my story.
Did you know the Loch Ness Monster isn’t considered a mystical creature, but one of the most famous cryptid in the world. For those who don’t know what that means— For a beast to be qualified as a cryptid there must be some sort of evidence either in folklore or actual sightings. The first sighting of the Loch Ness Monster dates back to 565 AD by St. Columba and was actually on the River Ness. The next reference to the monster was in 1933 when Mr. and Mrs. Spicer reported spotting a large animal crossing the road in front of their car.
We know the creature that inhabits the loch as Nessie, but the name didn’t come about until 1975 when the beast was give a more scientific name: Nessiteras Rhombopteryx. It was the public who shortened the named to Nessie. The Loch Ness Monster was not always thought of as female and this gave me an idea. What if the Loch Ness Monster was actually male?
The Loch Ness Monster isn’t the only legend. Another legend of Loch Ness is recorded that the loch was once a Great Glen of rich pasture, plenty of corn, fish, deer and game. In the Glen there was a well that was blessed by the Druid Daly, who stated whoever drew water from the well must always replace its cover. A woman drawing the water from the well was told her child had fallen into the fire. She rushed home, forgetting to cover the well. The water from the well overflowed and flooded the whole glen. The people named the lake “The loch nis ann”, which means there is a lake now. I took this legend and ran with it, adding my own twist with a curse, and a wee bit of magic.
Who is your favorite shifter character from TV or the movies?
Oh, I would have to go with Alcide Herveaux of True Blood. He’s a Mississippi werewolf with no ties to a pack, though he’d make an excellent leader. He’s 6’5 with the poise and beauty of a Greek god—tanned, muscled and beautiful. And don’t get me started on his gorgeous brown eyes. Yeah, he’s my kind of shifter hero.
What is your writing space like?
Messy right now and I can’t stand clutter! Books of all kinds litter the counter top, anything from a reference book to a book I’m dying to read next. I tend to take my laptop and lounge on the couch with my three little dogs around me for company. They’re all Chihuahua mixes and they love to cuddle. (Preferably on my lap, but well…the laptop is there.) lol
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
I want to thank the readers for their continued support and for their lovely comments about how they liked the stories. Without you, my tales would sit and collect dust on my bookshelves.
Mariposa, thank you so much for having me on your lovely site.
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Alan is the legendary Loch Ness Monster. Once every fifty years he returns to human form in search of his soul mate, the one woman who can break his curse. He believes he has found forever with Michaela, but to claim it he must figure out how to save her life. Michaela and Alan vow to take what time has to offer, but another threat looms. A sinister shape shifter with a vendetta against Alan is making Loch Ness his personal hunting ground. Now he's threatening Michaela. Alan must discover who the shifter is and stop him before it's too late.