I’m so glad you’ve come to visit. So you want to know a little more about me? I am the daughter of an exiled king, living a life of both luxury and danger. While ensconced in our palace in our adopted land of Romania, we must be ever-vigilant of the dark forces that expunged us from the beautiful and sacred land that was once called Eden.
You can tell I write fiction, right? I wish I could say that I was an airline pilot or a former spy or something exciting, but my life has been pretty ordinary. My mom likes to assure people that I had a nice, happy, stable childhood in her defense of the fact that I kill people for a living. On paper, of course. I was always drawn to the strange and unexplained, and to the dark side of human nature. I devoured Alfred Hitchcock anthologies, as well as the movies. Loved watching Unsolved Mysteries and true crime television. My sometimes warped sense of humor probably came from all those MAD magazines that were always around the house. Don’t even get me started on my Alfred E. Neuman nightmares.
So, yes, I am fascinated by what makes people do evil things, but mostly what I love about what I write is that good triumphs in the end. The bad guy gets his just punishment. We don’t always get that in real life. But I believe in the strength and beauty of our souls and that we can at least triumph over our own demons—our pasts, our nemesises, the hurts we’ve sustained along the way. The people in my books have the baggage and hurts and insecurities we all do. Then I throw them into a really bad situation, test their hearts and souls, and in the end, they find not only love for someone else, but for themselves, too. If they can do it, so can you, and you don’t even need to have people trying to kill you to achieve it.
I’ve lived in southwest Florida my whole life. I have a wonderful family, fabulous friends, and consider myself blessed beyond reason. I swim, work out, meditate, read, and spend time with the aforementioned friends and family. I try to find joy in the little things in life and to find the lessons in the hard times. Life is truly what we make it, and I choose to make mine fantastic.
I actually do have another identity. I have written eighteen books, mostly paranormal romantic suspense, under the name Tina Wainscott. Check out my website at www.tinawainscott.com. Unfortunately those books are out of print right now, but some of them are available new and even signed. If you’re interested, use the contact form. I’m working on getting them into e-book format. If you like the Jaime books, I think you’ll like most of my earlier books, too.
What inspired me to write the Hidden series? The weird things in life that can’t be explained. The sound you hear in the house and can’t find the source of. Those darned missing socks. Missing people. I wanted to come up with a hidden world of beings that lived just beyond our sight…but not beyond our senses. Of course, it’s the people in the world that drive any story, and I knew they’d be special. For years, I’d had this idea about a guy with a dragon tattoo that allowed him to morph into an actual dragon. The tattoo was the dragon’s window into his soul and had a consciousness. But I wanted more than just one type of supernatural human. So I have Crescents, humans who hold the essence of magick gods. And the progeny of fallen angels. And none of them play well together. Stir, add fire, and it’s quite a volatile mix. Check out my World page for more specifics.
I’ve also completed my Offspring series, about a group of people with supernatural abilities who must band together to find out why they are being hunted by the government.
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