With the June release of Vermilion Justice I say good-bye (at least for now) to my favorite vampires, Riah, Ivy & Tory. We’ve had a lot of fun together and it’s going to be bittersweet when the book comes out.

Then again…the new series is in the hopper and well, let’s just say it’s taking me back to my youth. Why, you ask? Well, I absolutely LOVED Gothic stories. If it was dark and moody and full of things going bump in the night, I was hooked.

And then…there was the Lady in White. I was maybe ten or eleven, sound asleep in my bedroom, the last one down the hallway. I woke up, the house was quiet, and night deep and dark. Sitting up, I rubbed my eyes and then caught movement out of the corner of my eyes. Looking toward my door-opened onto the hallway-and there she was. Tall, dark-haired, and dressed in a white gown she stood in my doorway. My heart beat like wild-fire, my breathing went crazy. I put my hands over my eyes and counted to ten. When I opened them again, the Lady in White was gone.

As I pondered doing something new and different (sans vampires) I decided I wanted to reach back and touch two things that were such a large part of my younger days. .Yale_OpenGateAll these years later, I still remember the feeling those Gothic stories invoked in me and I can still see the Woman in White as clearly as on that long ago night. Can I capture those feelings in my new stories? I hope so. I know I’ll try.

I’ll miss my vampires ladies, they are such a part of me. But, I’m looking forward to standing on the beach while the waves of the Pacific Ocean crash and roar, and I’m looking forward to seeing the Woman in White once more time. Maybe this time, I be brave enough to find out what she wanted