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Chivalry and Malevolence (C&M) is a fairy tale romance, with adventure and new discovery. There is also a deeper meaning that unfolds within the first book, and that is finding strength to overcome. It follows Princess Mori (an elf) and Sir Thomas (a human Knight) as they flee the kingdom of the Unseelie court.

Where did the idea of your (latest) book come from? I always knew that I wanted to write about overcoming abuse, with a positive message. This is where C&M really stems from, but instead of a non-fiction, self-help book, I wrote Mori's struggles as pure fantasy in hopes to give readers strength and courage, but also entertainment.

Thomas came to light after a Google search. I don't even remember what I was looking for now, but I came across a picture of a knight. Thus Sir Thomas the fearless, chivalrous Knight of 14th century England was born.

Who and what inspires you to write your books? It can be anything from a photograph to something one of my kids say.

Each author has their own fascinating journey. How did you begin writing? Like many writers, I've dabbled with the art for as long as I can remember. I never, ever shared any of my stories though. I'd hoard them like a greedy troll. Then I had a series of unfortunate events occur, and I lost two people that were very dear to me. One morning I woke-up and something snapped. Two years later and I've released two books and have two sitting at the editor.

What has been the most pleasant surprise about being a writer?How about the most unexpected downside? I feel accomplished every time I finish a story. The unexpected downside? Editors

Do you have any particular writing routines or rituals? Every day starts with coffee, yoga, and reflection. After that I pull up spotify and block out the world. 99.9% of the time I'm interrupted by a gremlin, demon, or lycan who "needs" me. But that is life.

Do you write in order? Yes. I map out everything on paper before the first word hits the page. If I have a thought or an epiphany, it goes on the paper if I'm not there yet. It doesn't mean that this could change in the future, but this works for me, right now. Nine realms is essentially nine different trilogies, complete with crossovers, so it took/takes a lot of planning.

What is on your playlist when you write? I have very eclectic tastes but every session begins with Down by Jason Walker.

For C&M you will find Kelly Clarkson, Sum 41, 3 Doors Down, ColdPlay, and Panic! at the Disco. I do tend to lean toward dance/techno for fight scenes. If you use Spotify, you can listen to the playlist: http://open.spotify.com/user/1257736893/playlist/2Mrn881hhVWLaMaKJx...

Favorite writing snack? Is coffee a snack?

Where do you like to write? I write in bed. I have a desk, but it's not comfortable. I used to write in a recliner, but it's in storage, so yeah I'm in my PJ's writing this (and my stories) in bed

Do you have any advice for authors wanting to publish? Have faith in yourself, and reach for the stars. Be prepared to fall down a lot. Oh, and hire a really good editor and formatter. While you shouldn't skimp on any of the publishing process, these are two that will make or break you.

One last tip. Don't be afraid to self-publish. It isn't demeaning and it doesn't make you any less of an author. All of my favorite writers are self-published or have self-published at some point in their careers. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Are you currently working on anything else? Nine Realms: Tears of the Valkyrie and Rise of the Legion. Nine Realms: Alfheim: C&M II

Who is your favorite character and why? George Skyland (the vampire) is actually my absolute favorite. He won't make an appearance in C&M, though he is in Midgard and Svartalfheim (Crimson Lies), the world of the dark elves.

George was born into the world of vampirism at the age of 20, in 13th century Spain. His creator brought him to the new world, settling in South Carolina. He is witty, caring, but also a ruthless opponent in the present day. When a child's existence becomes threatened, he throws caution to the wind and breaks apart from The Nine. George creates the first free supernatural town: Six and Twenty.

Favorite book of all time? eek, there are way too many, but I'd say Little House on the Prairie.

I think breakfast says a lot about a person, what is your perfect breakfast? Coffee ... yes, I really do love the stuff with lots of cream and sugar. I forgo breakfast most mornings because there isn't anything quick or easy when you can't have wheat. But if someone cooks for me, well then, my perfect breakfast is a fried egg, scrapple, and grits.

Please tell us in one sentence why we should read your book.

Chivalry and Malevolence is an inspiring journey of love, magic, and courage in the face of utter evil.

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