1. Can you tell us about yourself briefly? For the past eleven years, I've been married to my best friend, Tony. I have four wonderful, awesome children. Three I was lucky enough to inherit from my husband and one I was given by the grace of God. I work as an editor and Wayward Soul is my first published work.
2. When did you know you wanted to be a writer? I have notebooks full of songs, poems, and short stories I've composed, some as far back as junior high. But it wasn't until I started doing technical writing for my job that I really got the writing bug and decided to take my English professor's advice and write novels for a living.
3. How many novels; stories have you written? Oh boy. Dozens that are halfway finished. Starting stories/novels isn’t my problem. My problem is I have too many of them swimming around in my head at once fight to get out.
4. Tell us about this novel/story. What was your inspiration? How did you come up with the characters? Which character is most like you? I knew I wanted to write a paranormal romance, but I wanted it to be original and unique to me. I’m a huge Sylvia Browne fan and she has a very special relationship with her spirit guide, so I thought why not use a spirit guide as the basis for my story. I added my own twist and Zanna did the rest. I think Owen, the hero, is most like me. Very sarcastic, bull-headed, but loyal. Here’s the blurb for my bookJ
When Zanna Seoul accidentally causes the death of a fellow spirit guide’s charge while trying to save the life of the man she loves, she is stripped of her position and banished to Earth to die. In the spirit world, one doesn’t mess with what’s written. With Zanna no longer guiding him and his memory of her erased, Owen Nash is left wide open as the target of the vengeful spirit guide who feels he’s been wronged. A guide who also happens to be a werewolf. Once on Earth, Zanna refuses to stand by and watch Owen die, so she intervenes again, setting off a chain of events that could mean death for all of them if she doesn’t go back and undo the mess she’s made. Can Zanna succeed before the werewolf does?
5. What current project are you working on? I’m working on a sequel to Wayward Soul and another full length novel tentatively titled Phantom Heart about a heart transplant patient who…well you’ll have to wait and see.
6. What is one book (besides one of your own) that you think everyone should read? I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again and again. I loved Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game.
7. What kind of routines do you keep when writing ( i.e., exercise, food, chores, etc.)? Are you kidding! I don’t even know what a routine is anymore. My life revolves around my two-year-old son Cage who keeps me hopping. I write when he allows and I always have a tall glass of Coke on handJ
8. eBook or hard copy, or do you not have a preference? Which format do you think works best for authors? Well, I don’t necessarily have a preference. But ebooks definitely make it possible for all of us passionate writers to get published and earn revenue. It helps us establish a fan base, garner experience, and get our foot in the proverbial door of the publishing world so it’s a great avenue for all of us to pursue.
9. For your first published book, how many rejections did you go through before you either found a mainstream publisher, self-published it, or paid a vanity press to publish it? I was fortunate enough to have the first publisher I submitted to offer me a contract. I can’t say enough good things about Astraea Press and Stephanie Taylor. I recommend everyone check out her website http://astraeapress.com/ They are a class act with a wonderful staff.
10. Lastly, What is the most rewarding thing about being a published author? All the new friends I’ve met and the support. Plus it’s a dream come true to have my book published and in the hands of readersJ
I would love to thank Mrs. Bowman for stopping by for this great interview. Please purchase her novel. I have included the links for you so no excuses!!!! You will love this!!!