Wife. Mother. Writer. Bibliophile. Dreamer. Animal lover. Intrigued by the supernatural. Horror freak. Zombie enthusiast. Movie & music fan. Slave to her muse.
Yolanda lives in Sydney, Australia with her awesome husband, lovely daughter, and cheeky cat.
This is the first in my urban fantasy series called Sierra Fox, and the second book has already been contracted with Samhain Publishing. It's called SPLIT AT THE SEAMS.
HH: Yolanda, thank you for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is A Patch of Darkness and is the first book in a new series. What can you tell us about the series for a start?
YS:Hi Holly, thanks for having me over here today.
Well, this is the first book in my urban fantasy series, Sierra Fox. It’s about a spook catcher who lives in a fictional suburb located in Sydney, Australia. She lives in an alternate version of our world, where spirits live alongside humans and even have some rights.
The series follows her as she works hard to keep her small business alive, escape the clutches of the Spook Catcher Council, uncovers some family secrets, discovers the real strength of her powers, and tries to keep friendships and relationships on track.
HH: How does A Patch of Darkness kick off the series?
YS: It introduces Sierra, throws the reader right into her relationship woes and her unpredictable power. Not to mention that she learns something about her grandmother she never knew. Something that affects her directly.
HH: What do you like about Sierra and why will readers relate to her?
YS: She’s a lot of fun to write. There’s always some kind of trouble in her life, something that needs untangling but is never straightforward. I think readers will relate to her trying to live a normal life, under some extraordinary circumstances.
HH:What can you tell us about the men in her life?
YS: There are actually quite a few men in her life, but not all of them are love interests.
Actually, when the story starts she’s got a boyfriend. Jonathan Wells is attentive, kind, handsome, and is always taking a backseat to her work responsibilities. Then there’s Jason Papan, who happens to be a good friend, a PI, and very attractive. He has an office above hers and they refer clients to each other, but there’s also an underlying attraction there.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in this series?
YS:Well, I can tell you that the second book is called Split at the Seams and is already contracted by Samhain Publishing. It will be released later this year, and continues her plight to get on with her job even though there are dark forces constantly trying to get in her way.
I’ll be starting the third book soon. I have five books planned for this series.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
YS: The second book in my SFR series, Recast, was released a few months ago from Samhain Publishing. Clash follows right after the events of Wither, but introduces a new hero and heroine. I’m working on revising the third book at the moment and hope to get it finished up real soon.
I’ve also got another urban fantasy series coming soon from ImaJinn Books about a vampire hunter with a difference. You can actually get a free copy of the prequel novella here. I’m hoping that the first book in this series—called The Hidden—will be released sometime this year.
And of course, there’s more Sierra Fox to come…
I’ve got a few other stories that I’d like to revise and polish before submitting. As well as new ideas that I want to develop. So I’ve always got a novella or novel in the works.
HH: How much of your life is spent on your writing career?
YS: I spend a lot of time on writing.
If I’m not actually writing a story, I’m revising, editing, researching, thinking about it, spending time on promo, blogging about it… Sometimes I even dream about it. So, yeah, I spend a lot of my day on writing. I do like to give myself the weekends off to spend with my family, but it doesn’t always work out that way. If there are deadlines, I do whatever I can to meet them.
HH: What does it mean to you to be a writer?
YS: Being a writer is a part of me. I’ve been writing stories since I was a teenager and have come a long way.
I always knew I wanted to keep writing, and I did even when real life got in the way. There have been many ups and downs during that time, but one thing stays the same: my need to write. It’s not something I can switch off. It’s something I have to do. :)
HH: What would we find in your to be read pile right now?
YS: OMG. You would find a lot of books. But I’ll list the ones I intend to tackle first:
Fighting to Survive by Rhiannon Frater
River Marked by Patricia Briggs
Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck
Rebirth by Sophie Littlefield
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland
Black Wings by Christina Henry
The Wood Queen by Karen Mahoney
Ghost Town by Rachel Caine
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
HH: What plans do you have for the summer?
YS: Summer is still a long way away for me. Living in the Southern Hemisphere means that I won’t be seeing it until December. Last summer was a terrible one here in Sydney. It rained nonstop and the temperatures weren’t in their usual heat range. I love summer, and am already counting down the months until it hits again!
This winter, I plan to get as much writing done as I can. I’ve been doing a lot of revision and editing lately, so I’d love to spend several months just writing first drafts.
HH: Thank you!