What inspired you to write fantasy novels?
I enjoy reading fantasy so when I first started and had an idea for a novel, I automatically went to where I was most comfortable. Plus I love all things magical as well as swords, action, adventure, and horses. It's harder to find them in the other genres. :)
If you couldn't be an author what would you like to do?
Before I would have said I'd like to work in a library or book store, but recently I've been fascinated with the criminal mind. I'd like to work as a criminal psychologist.
What character are you most like from any of your novels?
I'd like to say I'm most like Yelena, but she's braver, stronger and more of a risk taker than I am (or ever will be!). I'm more like Opal. We both have an artist flare, and are logical. I also struggled with self-esteem issues when I was in school so I know what Opal was feeling in Storm Glass.
If you could be any fictional character ever written, who would you be?
Wow – I don't think I've ever been asked this question before! Hmmm.... this is a tough one! I would like to be Lessa from the Dragonriders of Pern series by Anne McCaffery. She gets to ride and communicate with a dragon – how cool is that?
Can you share a little bit about “Touch of Power” and what it is about?
Touch of Power is a fantasy novel about a healer set in a world that is recovering from a deadly plague. Avry’s world has blamed the plague on the healers and has hunted them down. She is finally caught only to be rescued by a group who wants her to heal their Prince. The group's leader, Kerrick, knows the healers aren't to blame for the plague and that she could do some good for a change instead of hiding. Unfortunately, she believes this Prince is the one who started blaming the plague on the healers so she isn't risking her life for some pampered Prince. As they travel to the Prince's hidden location, they're pursued by others who have realized having a healer around might just be a good thing for them, but not necessarily for her.
Thank you Maria for your wonderful answers. You can read the first chapter of Touch of Power here.