V- Tell us about your most recent release.
F- My current release which just came out is called Blood Wish. I love shifter stories, but what with the glut of werewolves and even Werebears (HAH!), I kind of wanted to offer something a little different. I'm half Korean, and I used to watch a lot of Korean TV shows and a pretty prevalent character was the Kumiho, or as the Japanese also call it, Kyuubi, aka Nine Tales. I'm not entirely sure where I got the idea for one tale equaling one wish, but I had a great deal of fun just putting a creative twist to the typical Kumiho lore.
V- Tell us about your journey to become published, and what advice would you give to writers starting out?
F- I started writing professionally when I graduated from high school. I don't think there was ever a time when I did NOT want to be a writer. I joined a few very helpful online communities, such as Romance Divas and Water Cooler, and from them, I found this small publisher called Freya's Bower. They were looking for chapter stories, and I happened to be working on a serial called Blood Martyr. It was awesome to be working with them, but I went through a period where I went through 3 editors on a single project, which made things very difficult for both myself and the publisher.
Then I had a few years when I didn't get anything published at all. I did get a fair bit written, dabbled in probably every genre known to humankind. And then I saw this intriguing small publisher making itself known on Facebook...*smile*
I've been written professional with the intent of getting published for almost ten years and my best advice is this:
DON'T. EVER. STOP. WRITING.
V- What other interests do you have?
F- I love to play online games. Ever since I missed my junior year finals playing Diablo 2 three days straight and losing my 3.8GPA, I've been completely hooked. Of course, this does tend to conflict with my writing schedule, so I like to make compromises. 1 hour of WoW and 1k of writing. I think it's working out. So far.
V- If you could have one wish, what would it be?
F- My one wish? A low-calorie margarita. Seriously.
V- What's the one thing you can't love without?
F- I cannot live without my iPhone. I know it's trite and superficial, but that thing is an omni...everything. I can do everything/anything with it. I luff it so.
V- Cats or dogs?
F- No! Don't make me choose! I love animals, regardless of what they are. Just don't ask me to pet a taruntula.
V- What are you currently reading?
F- I am currently reading Cell by Stephan King. I JUST got finished reading Nicholas by Elizabeth Amber, although I probably will never bring that book up ever again. Thankfully, I also read Patricia Gaffney's Wild at Heart which more than made up for the strangeness that is otherwise known as Nicholas. I've got Beastly by Alex Finn on my Kobo and I'm looking forward to reading Delilah Hunt's Riding the Storm.
V- In ten years, where do you expect to be?
F- Lying in bed, bag of chips next to me, watching Supernatural from the very beginning. More Dean Winchester, please!
V- What can we expect to see from you in the near future?
F- Well, I still haven't done any promoting for Blood Wish, so I'd kind of like to think it's upcoming, lol. Right now, I'm in the final stages of editing another UF called Wake the Demon which is the story of a woman with an extraordinary ability and how she copes with the everyday dangers. So, please, keep your eyes peeled out for that one!
Thank you so much for having me here, Vivian. :)