Monday, October 7, 2013


I am Arie Belle and up until my mother’s unexpected and mysterious death my life had been pretty simple, but then things became dark and, at times, hopeless.  Even my uncanny ability to communicate with nature had turned its back on me.  My only saving grace is my lifetime friendship with the boy next door, River, whom I had always thought of as my soul mate up until my eighteenth birthday when everything seemed to change.  My body tingles with heightened sensations and my emotions veer out of control.  They are further tested when Ashe, a beautiful stranger with a powerful draw, enters my life and challenges my heart and soul.  Amidst the rush of feelings after years of numbness, my true destiny slowly unravels and my journey to find out what I am, to find my mother’s killer, and stop my own death becomes a frantic rush before the next full moon.  This powerful story encaptures the true meaning of love and the dark corners of life that can either suck you in or save you. 

Reality will captivate you from the first page! Your imagination will be on fire!” ~Amanda 

“This book is an original and I have read many books of different genres and I have never read one like this.” ~Nichole 

“I don’t think I have ever read a book that has brought my imagination to life quite like this one. I cannot believe how real everything felt! It was creative, mysterious, unique and adventurous all in one.” ~Rachel

“This is one of those stories that draws you in and keeps you guessing.” ~Tatianna
·         What is your book about?
Choices, fate, love, hardships, growing up, death, and rebirth.

·         What inspired you to write this particular story (and/or series)?
I love fiction and especially creating unique stories and worlds. I adore mythical fairy tales, so I knew I wanted Arie’s world to revolve around that feel.

·         Describe your writing in three words.
Organic, natural, visual

·         Do you have specific techniques you use to develop the plot and stay on track?
If you call sitting down and just writing a technique, then yes! LOL! I did extensive studies in creative and screen writing at USC and UCLA extension and the one thing that I held onto the most is that the more organically you let a story flow through you the more naturally it will develop. I honestly had no idea where my story was going to go. I had a vague plot idea and my main character, Arie, and that was about it. I trusted my imagination enough to just sit and write and let the characters take over where the story would go. I am more than happy with how it turned out.

·         Are your characters in the book based on anyone you know?
I believe that all writers put a little of themselves into their characters, so yes, Arie has a little of me in her. None of the other characters were based on anybody I know. I don’t have much time for reading or watching TV, so it gives my imagination free reign to create whatever character attributes it wants.

·         Was there any research involved in your work?
Yes. I researched gems and their meanings, which will take on a bigger role throughout the series. I also, researched mythical beings. I don’t want to spoil anything so I won’t say specifically what.

·         What authors inspire or influence your work?
My most recent reads (which was a while ago) were the Twilight series, Hunger Games series, The Sookie Stackhouse series, and The Mageri series.

·         Do you need visual media to describe people or places? (Some authors use pics. out of magazines)
Not for people, but I like to get out in the world, so I can be more detailed with the worlds I create. I am a very visual and passionate person, so I crave sensations of all kinds.

·         Favorite snack when writing.
I don’t snack while writing. I drink coffee, though!

·         Do you have a Muse?
No. Although I met one of my characters after I had finished writing my book. It was a very surreal experience to say the least. I’ll leave it at that!

·         Once a character is fully developed do you set them free or do they still dance around your mind?
I don’t know yet. This is my debut novel and it’s a series, so all of my characters are still evolving.

·         Is the Thesaurus one of your best writing friends?
Actually, no. I have such a strong background in English and grammar that I am fortunate that the words seem to just come to me.

·         Who gets to read your drafts before they're published?
My sister-in-law, Nichole, and two of my beta-readers. Although since this is my debut novel I enlisted more than a few dozen to review before it was published. I had over ten beta readers before the editing even started just to get feedback and notes.

·         Share with us your biggest hurdles in the writing process?
Finding the time to write. I have a very busy life with my hand in too many things at once. I am hoping to cut back on the other things to focus more on writing.

·         Share the biggest hurdles in the marketing process.
Everything! LOL! I am a people person, so I made a lot of great connections fast, but I still feel I have just barely scratched the surface of getting my book out there.

·         What project(s) are you working on now?
Book 2 in The Life of Arie series and a dark romance called A Firefighter’s Flame.

·         Is there anything else you would like to say to your readers?
Authors, especially indie, wouldn’t exist without your support and love for books, so thank you for your passion!

·         Where can readers find you and your book(s) online?

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or they can ordered signed paperbacks directly from my blog page


Author Bio

My passion for writing started at a very young age.  It started with a multitude of diaries as soon as I could write well, then poetry, then short stories.  I received my BA at USC in Theatre with an unofficial minor in writing.  While at USC I wrote my first screenplay and post-graduation I was hired to write another screenplay, which I did successfully.  I have since started several books, but have never had the courage or time to finish them.  I missed it, but I was discouraged from my years in the industry and I was scared to go back, so I had convinced myself I was too busy and it would be a waste of time.  Then I started reading again which reignited my passion for writing. I started writing a story that had been brewing inside of me over the years.  The characters were slowly developing and itching to break out onto paper, so in the summer of 2011 I wrote the first two chapters.  Life got busy again and my passion was pushed aside, but then I met an amazing person who loved my story and encouraged me to start writing again. With that said, I am in a happier place now.  I am fulfilling my inner desire and passion to write while raising a family and living life. Thank you so much for your support! And I hope to keep the stories coming!!!


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