SM: I never take my Christmas tree down until Valentine’s Day
I still love and watch animated Disney movies even though my children are 22 and 17
My first love will always be music
BBB: What actors would you choose to play some of your characters if your book were made into a movie or a TV show?
SM: Patrick Dempsey for Tom; Evangeline Lilly for Whitney; the blond kid who played Peter Pan in a movie a few years back (don’t remember his name) as Spencer; Josh Lucas as Greg; Jason Statham as Adam; Eric Balfour as Murphy. I have someone in mind for the villain but don’t want to say as it will give insight into who it is.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
SM: Lots of research, lots of notes, lots of pictures in my head; and I have a collage for every book hanging on my walls.
BBB: Please tell us more about Dangerous Heat and the storyline that drives it.
SM: After 9/11 the news media was doing all these stories about the cops, firemen, and people who were heroic during and after the tragedy. It got me thinking that there are people who do things heroic everyday. We had a bunch of wildfires and I saw the hot shots in action. I started doing research and also found out about smokejumpers. Their job intrigued me so I started focusing my research on them.
BBB: How many more books there be in this world?
SM: This is planned as a smokejumper trilogy
BBB: Did you do any kind of research to determine the details of your characters lives / lifestyles?
SM: Years of reading different books about fires, smokejumpers, went to different smokejumper websites, met with a fire chief to talk about the fire academy and all the things they learn about while there. Actually met some hot shots while I was on vacation in 2008 when we were in Arizona. They happened to stop to eat at the same place we were and I talked to them.
BBB: Are you a plotser or a panster? or a Planster (a combo of both – lol)
SM: Pantser all the way. Once I have the 2 characters, the situations and the story kind of flow from my fingertips. I tried to plan before, but the story freezes up, and I get writer’s block. *shiver*
BBB: What types of creatures can readers expect in your world?
SM: In this trilogy you find the human, 2-legged variety. In my Time Walker world, you find gods, demons, and wizards, oh my!
BBB: What’s coming up for you in 2012 and 2013?
SM: If life is fair to me for the rest of the year, I am planning for Book 2 of the Time Walker Series to be out. Book 3 is already started, and Book 4 is in the beginning stages of creation. I generally have about 5 books going on in my head at any given time. I have started a couple of new things on my website. One is McBride’s Moxey Reviews which are book reviews. The second is Scribe Tips which are writing tips. I will also be adding 1 or 2 more chapters to my free online story.
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