So here's the scoop.  I'm from the San Francisco Bay Area and I can never seem to get away from here for long despite my continual fear of earthquakes.  Yes, that's all I got out of the geology classes I took at Stanford and geophysicist friends.  That and a nifty rock pick.  If you haven't gone to the desert and smashed things with a rock pick, you don't know what you're missing.

I went to Stanford and received degrees in English & American Lit and Creative Writing, which qualified me to do very little except read books.  That was my goal all along, but no one pays you to do that.  I studied in England and missed the sun. I worked in non-profits and the theatre and missed getting paychecks.

I live with the fabulous spouse and the force-of-nature spawn and our crime-fighting rescued dogs. None of them have read my books. I told the spouse that I'm considering becoming a vegetarian because I think it's morally wrong to eat another sentient being and he told me he considered cannibalism because he was so hungry.

I've won some awards for my writing, but I get a real thrill when a fan sends me an email, or readers say they like the nonsense on my blog.  My priorities have always been skewed. What do people say about my writing? They often say, "I don't know what kind of book this is." Well, I never colored within the lines.

I've also written under the name Grace Coopersmith.  I wasn't even on any sort of mind-altering substance when I went along with my publisher's suggestion to do this. I thought people might like my writing more if they thought I was a gracious sort of girl who didn't have weird opinions. However, I really do have weird opinions and everyone saw through that cheap ploy, which reminds me of my brother's favorite quote, "The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter."

My favorite quotes are from my own characters.

"Writing is like prostitution. If you don't get paid for it, you're just an enthusiastic amateur."
Gigi Barton

"Everyone knows that writing isn't work."
Bernie Vines

"I had a deep and sincere desire to be a deep and sincere person."
Milagro De Los Santos

"Leopard print is a timeless classic."
Nancy Carrington-Chambers

Some of My Interviews & Guest Posts

Read my discussion about diversity in speculative fiction with author and educator J.M. Blackman as part of her "Minority Report" series.

Read "Gorillas in the Library," my guest post about girls and the future of publishing at the International Reading Association's Reading Today site, and read their Q&A with me about Dark Companion and my writing.

Read my interview with Danielle Binks at Alpha Reader about gothic fiction and Dark Companion, and read her earlier Q&A with me about my Casa Dracula series and to find out why Australian themes always pop up in my books.

Read my guest post about romantic comedy at The Book Smugglers.

Read my interview with Amanda at Love Vampires, discussing my Casa Dracula series and how no one understands me.

Read "Forget Intuition," my guest post about the labeling of women's fiction at Publishers Weekly.