First, tell us a little bit about the manuscript you're working on now.
I'm writing book two of a three-book, plot-driven, paranormal suspense series. Five psychics (assigned to the U.S. Navy) hunt WWII Nazi spies on the East Coast. The hero is the skeptical Navy commander in charge of setting up the project and the heroine is the clairvoyant WAVE assigned to oversee the business office. Each psychic has a unique skill to bring to the mix (clairvoyant, medium, crystal ball reader, laying-on-of-hands healer, and seer of ghosts).
In the first book, they use their psychic skills to uncover two spies. As the book develops, they get to know one another enough to accept that each will watch the other's ‘psychic' back.
The second book brings in black magick, Pennsylvania Dutch hex spells and pow wowing. The psychics must reach beyond their individual skills and unite as a group to fight and uncover a baffling barrage of occult magick. The reader learns that the heroine is a direct descendent to a Black Dutch ancestor from Bavaria, Germany, who has a powerful book of counter spells to drive back the evil directed at the U.S. Navy psychics by Hitler's occult group.
In book three, the hero and heroine travel to wore-torn London to retrieve the book of counter spells, which was smuggled out of Bavaria as Hitler was increasing his control on the country. What they don't know is that their supposed friend who accompanies them to England is working for Germany . He has orders to kill them if they get too close to Hitler's secrets or find the book of spells.
A romance between the heroine and the hero develops slowly over the course of the three novels.
Q: Is there anything else you would like to add about the role of imagination and dreams in creating fiction? Any other message for our readers?
I'm an example of never giving up on your dream. I'm a senior citizen who plans to write novels for the next 15-20 years.
When I decided I wanted to use my education to become an author to supplement my social security and keep me active and alive after retiring as a database administrator, I had a ten-year plan. My employer unexpectedly went out of business in 2003 in the aftermath of the dot.com bust. I suddenly found myself without a job and in early retirement. I could have decided that my world had fallen apart and why bother, but I stuck to my dream and accelerated my writing process.
Uncannily, it ended up being the ten years of writing that I envisioned. I sold OUT OF THE DARK and MATILDA'S SONG last year to Samhain Publishing, Ltd. These novels are e-released and will be in print in bookstores in 2009.
My most recent excitement as an author was to find I am being sold in Britain by Libresco (iliad e-book reader) for ₤2.25, and by Amazon-UK and FantasticFiction.co.uk. I wonder what the British will have to say about an American writing novels set in 1120 A.D. England !
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