What inspired you to
become a writer? I’ve always loved the written word and have been an avid
reader for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I thought I would be an
English teacher or writer. However, for the longest time, my life seemed to
take me in a different direction. I married, moved, and took the opportunities
that came to me. That eventually led to my being a financial advisor for a
number of years. A couple of days before my 36th birthday, I woke
up and found myself staring at the ceiling at 3 a.m. How had I gotten myself to
this place where I was doing exactly opposite of what my interests or strengths
were? How could I change my course so that I didn’t end up a sixty-year old
regretting my life? I went to my husband and told him how I was feeling and
what I was thinking and – to his credit – he didn’t laugh me out of the room.
Instead, we came up with a plan, including a number of measurable goals to hit
in the next year. After a year of working towards those goals, whic…
Dead Men Walk (1943)
“You creatures of the light how can you say with any
certainty what dwells in the oceans of the night.” Eerie declaration by disembodied head in the
fire during opening credits.
Kindly Dr. Lloyd Clayton (George Zucco) has secretly
murdered his evil twin brother, Elwyn Clayton (also played by George Zucco) to
protect the town from Elwyn’s sorcery.
Unfortunately, Elwyn is more of a master of the dark arts than his
brother anticipated. Elwyn returns from the dead intent on revenge by enslaving
their niece, Gayle (Mary Carlisle) for eternity.
This movie has some interesting similarities to a latter
vampire flick, Black Sunday which also opens with the murder of a sibling. Asa
is executed by her own brother for witchcraft. Both movies have the lead
playing dual roles of hero/vampire. In "Black Sunday" Barbara Steele portrayed wicked Asa and her innocent descendent
Katia. While both movie villains faithfully
follow the vampire genre (coffin dwelling and cr…
What inspired you to
become a writer?
I’ve always been somewhat of a writer, whether by writing
poems and short stories, filling a journal, or torturing teachers who chose
essay questions. But about ten or so years ago, I spent a little time
soul-searching and decided I wanted to pursue writing more seriously. I wanted
to write novels. I began taking writing classes and eventually I started
writing more than flash fiction and short stories. I discovered my characters
had a lot to say when I began writing novel length fiction. Who are your favorite
romance characters (besides your own)?
My favorite romance characters are old school. Romeo and
Juliet (I think I was one of the only kids in the eighth grade excited about
the assignment) and Rhett and Scarlett. Tell me what inspired
The usual question I hear (like most authors) is, “Where do
you get your ideas?” My answer is often, everywhere
since it’s a challenge to explain how a story brews in my brain and the