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I was born in Hawaii, a place rich with culture and storytellers. As a little girl, scary tales about vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and witches were my favorite kind — much to my mother’s dismay.
The scarier, the better.
My love for the supernatural never went away, even after moving to Seattle, far from Hawaii’s majestic beaches with unusual colors. Nothing compares to the landscapes of Maui, Lanai, or Oahu. But somehow, Seattle stole my heart anyway. It became the place where my love for stories took on a new form, in a book of my own: The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent. This book is for kids who love stories, just like I did.
Then I had an idea while sleeping.
One night, my mind began to work overtime. In a dream, I saw a unique storyline involving all the races and an epic battle of good versus evil. It was a modern day plot with a three thousand year old prophecy, The Blood Prophecy. I finished the first book in 2014, The Queen’s Destiny. Two years later, I released The Queen’s Enemy. The last book in the series, The Queen’s Ascension, released on August 17, 2020.
Today, I live in Florida with its beaches and sunshine. But I’m still a Seattle girl at heart. And so all my stories take place in the Northwest.
I always keep to my roots when I write.
Tell us about yourself.
I tend to call myself a “closet nerd.” It’s a term I came up with because well, I am nerdy but I don’t always show it. It really comes out though, when I talk about random, out of the ordinary facts. I’m also an adrenaline junkie, fitness fanatic. But probably the number one thing about me is being a mother. I have two fantastic teens, ages 19 and 15. I have never experienced some of the challenges that parents face – my kids don’t party, don’t get into trouble, you name it. Both are so studious that no matter how much I begged her to go, my 19 year old chose to miss Prom and study for an AP exam. She graduated high school at age 15 and did the whole 4 year course study in 2. Other than that, I am part Hawaiian, Filipino, German, Jewish and a few other things. The Hawaiian part is what I am truly studying right now in greater detail than ever before. But seriously, I am a Senior Executive IT Consultant, a fitness trainer, nutrition coach, master life coach, event planner and an author all in one.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I would have to say when I was 9 and a teacher, along with my parents, encouraged me to write down my stories. I would always tell stories but the minute I put it to paper, a new world opened to me. I also wanted to be a mom and an astronaut, but story telling has always been a big part of my life.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I love to read historical fiction, history, action, thrillers, some paranormal/horror but mostly, it will be either action or historical.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
The Blood Prophecy series is for Young Adults and up. But I do have a children’s series on King Arthur and Merlin as five year old boys.
What is your current release or project?
My heart goes into the Blood Prophecy series and I am currently working on Book Four: Rise of the Hunter.
Tell us about the key characters
Amber is the Vampire Queen and the main character of the series. She is a fiery red head with a passion for learning, being in control.
Chloe is her best friend and the most powerful witch in the world. She is married to Marcus, another vampire.
Michael, a vampire, was once known as Machiel. He is the vessel of the prophecy and he turned Amber. They are in love but that love will be tested in the series.
Marcus, a vampire, is bound by his emotions and honor to always do the right thing.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
Bloodshed. Heartbreak. Revelation. When the darkness was compelling and the heart knew no bounds, was there really a right choice? With Michael’s life hanging in the balance, Amber had a choice: save her star-fated love or keep on the crusade to unite the magical community. For Amber, her fate was sealed even before her birth and it was her destiny to fight the great battle ahead of her. But, when it came to her heart — her friends, her great love — Amber’s torn. Not only was she the Queen, but she was a human in every sense of the word. She was vulnerable. And so the very people — Chloe and Michael — that gave her strength, quickly became her weakness. It wasn’t her fault she loved too much, was it? Nevertheless, the Tall Dark Man had set a plan in motion that could threaten the very existence of the Blood Prophecy. Would he gather his dark forces and succeed in destroying Amber once and for all? Or, would she assemble her powerful friends and save the world?
Share an excerpt
Amber, Seattle, Present Day
With the power to control objects with her mind, Amber distracted herself by practicing and preparing for the ultimate battle, as was predicted in the prophecy. She stood outside, surrounded by different obstacles displayed on the grounds. There were bows and arrows set at varying distances in front of their respective targets, scraps of metal from a junkyard, as well as a vast array of weapons to measure her adroitness.
As she lifted a car door from the ground, she could feel her blood pumping, her heart racing. Amber pushed her body and her mind to the limit. She moved her hands as if she were stretching some invisible fabric. Right before her eyes, the car was pulled apart slowly—she heard the crunch and crackle of the metal. The anger of the past day and the overall frustration of her situation culminated into a heart-searing scream as she shattered the car door. The pieces were vaporized into tiny fragments that floated across the air. She placed her hands at her sides, and the steel fragments fell like hail.
Her surge in power emulated how she felt. How could Michael abandon her when she had fought incredibly hard to get him back? She felt just like the bits of ore that fell upon her, shattered. Amber couldn’t wrap her brain around why he was acting the way he was. Her mind was riddled with unsettling thoughts.
I love him. Why’d he disappear? Did I do something wrong? I mean, how could I have done something? He literally just woke up. I don’t understand what’s going on. The situation with Rae and Zaraquel fulfilling her part of the prophecy—it’s just too much. I don’t know how to handle it.
Her hands trembled as the anxiety inched down her throat and into her stomach. With her stress at an all-time high, the objects around her—the weapons and equipment, the fallen leaves, her hair—all levitated.
She heard him before she saw him. “Am I interrupting something?”
Amber turned to see Michael with a smirk on his face.
Do you have a favorite scene?
I really poured my heart into the battle. That battle was the one that the prophecy foretold and the destiny of Amber’s purpose. It wasn’t an easy battle to be fought so I really took my time in this. In fact, the battle took place in Seattle and let’s just say, there was a lot of destruction.
What advice would you give a beginner?
No matter if you may doubt your writing or your ability to create a world for readers to escape in, just write. Write from the heart, write from what you imagine is happening. The words will come.
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