Jen: Please share a short bio with us. Where can you be found online?
Yolanda: I live in Sydney, Australia with my awesome husband, lovely daughter and cute cat. I love spending time with them, but when hubby’s at work and my daughter’s at school, it’s just me and my writing. I spend most of the day writing, revising, editing, brainstorming, researching, or reading. Sometimes, I do a bit of everything.
When I’m not writing I love to read, go for walks, and watch my favourite TV shows.
This is where you can find me online:
Jen: Tell us about A Patch of Darkness and where the idea came from.
Yolanda: The idea for this book came to me several years ago. It was very vivid: a world much like ours, but where ghosts exist and there’s a woman who can capture the ones who misbehave. Well, it started out with one woman—Sierra—but the world soon became a lot bigger.
I always knew it would be a series and that Sierra would find herself in very unfamiliar territory that would lead to a lot of self-discovery…
A Patch of Darkness is an urban fantasy book, and an introduction to Sierra’s dangerous world.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.
Yolanda: I started writing stories in my early teens. I spent a lot of time reading in my room, and eventually started putting pen to paper. I had so many stories trapped inside my head that I needed a way to get them out. That’s how I first got into writing.
My publishing story began after my daughter was born. Before then, I didn’t even try to submit anywhere because I was terrified of rejection. But hubby helped me find the strength to do it, and I soon found myself having a string of short stories published online.
That’s where it all began for me—being published in webzines. Then I started submitting my stories to epublishers, and haven’t stopped.
Jen: Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
Yolanda: They definitely do, especially when I’m so caught up in a first draft that the story is tumbling out of my fingers and I can’t type fast enough.
I love it, and often find that they are the last thing I think about before going to sleep. And the first thing I think about when I wake up. It’s pretty intense, but awesome. And sometimes, being haunted by them so much helps me figure out plot problems.
Jen: What has been the highlight of your career to this point?<
Yolanda: Every new contract, every new cover, and having my stories published will always be the biggest highlight.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Yolanda: More writing. 🙂 I want to write more books in my SFR Recast series, develop a few other UF ideas, revise a book I’d love to submit, continue writing the next book in my UF The Hidden series, and of course… write the next Sierra Fox installments.
Like I said, it looks like there will be plenty of writing. 😉
If you check my website, I always mention new contracts and upcoming releases.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Yolanda: Actually, I’d love to know if they believe in ghosts…
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