YA Sc- Fi
The third and final book in the Ramtalan Triology brings Argus and Tai Dachel to a critical juncture in their lives. Struggling to maintain some sort of normalcy, the boys soon discover that they’ll never be the same and those around them, including Argus’s girlfriend Lola, are in danger from the Invaders and the government agency AURA. With enhanced abilities, Argus has to come to grips with being different from his brother, and being an enemy to the Ramtalans he thought were his friends. When hyper-intelligent, powerful Argustine Lenox and his sister, Galena, threaten to cleanse the Earth of humans and New Breeds, Argus and Tai have a difficult decision to make. Which side do they join? The Invaders accept him, while the Settler Ramtalans consider him dangerous. As if that’s not enough, Argus is on the brink of adulthood and must choose what sort of man he wants to be; defiant, compassionate, strong or all three. Nothing will matter though if he can’t save the Earth.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part is finding the time! Being a single mother, I’ve always had my children around 24/7, so between family and work, finding those wonderful moments when I can sit by myself and write isn’t easy. But, when I do have some time, I make the most of it and write, write, write. I’ve also learned to write pretty much anywhere, no matter what distractions are around.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
When I’m writing, my music depends on the story. If I’m writing an action scene, I love to listen to Muse or the Kongos, very fast and action-packed music. But if I’m writing romance, I prefer something soothing like Enya or classical music, mostly Mozart. But, I also love U2 and when nothing else seems to work, I play U2 songs one after the other.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I belong to a critique group that is unbelievable. We are fiction writers and we all understand that critique comes from love, so there are no hurt feelings. I need my group for their input and suggestions and don’t understand how anyone could perfect their writing without critique.
What book are you reading now?
Well, sadly, no fiction at the moment because I’m a graduate student, so most of my writing is from textbooks, articles or literature searches. But, I’m looking forward to J.K. Rowling’s newest Harry Potter book in a few months!
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing (silly stuff) since I was a child. It was my escape to avoid being noticed or bullied. I came from Australia and as a child, I had a very strong accent. Kids love to mock and tease anyone who’s different, so I was a target. By keeping my head down and in a notebook, most people left me alone. This instilled a love of writing and I haven’t stopped. I really started studying the craft seriously about six years ago though and can’t imagine not writing.
Two Brothers: Species is the third book in the Ramtalan Trilogy, a YA sci-fi adventure. The story is about two teenage boys, Argus and Tai, who know they’re different, but don’t realize just how much until their guardian, Aunt Celeste, drops the bomb and explains exactly what makes them unique; special abilities from being New Breeds, half-human, half-alien. As teens, and being homeschooled until their senior year of high school, Argus and Tai want to fit in and make friends. But, with hostile aliens and a secret government agency after them, their lives certainly aren’t normal. The third book continues the story of Argus and Tai, stepping up the danger to them and the ones they love.
Born in Sydney, Australia, I moved with my family to the United States when I was only four. Home wasn’t settled for a long time and included living in Toronto, Canada; Henrietta and Buffalo, New York; Northridge, Southern California; a short stint back in Sydney, Australia; Reno, Nevada; Dallas, Texas; Daytona Beach, Florida, with an eventual semi-settled life in Ojai and Ventura, Southern California as a single parent to my three daughters.
Perhaps the unsettled partial nomadic lifestyle is the reason I love to travel. Moving around and travelling to different countries are adventures which serve as potential settings and plots for stories. I’m a multi-genre fiction writer, with degrees in environmental science and archaeology, and coursework in creative writing and criminal justice. This has all helped in developing stories
When not glued to my desk writing or researching, I love spending time with my family and hairless Sphynx cats. Writing is a true passion, born from a love of the written word and how those words can transport the reader to different places or worlds and deliver them back to reality, safe and sound.