1) How long have you been writing?
I had a lot of characters and stories bouncing around in my head for years. About five years ago I took a leap of faith and penned some of those characters into words. Now that the floodgate has been opened, there are stories and characters screaming to be heard.
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
A whole bunch, and I’ve become a decent juggler. Not perfect, that’s for sure. I’m a full-time veterinarian by day, a mom after work and a writer late at night. My life is about schedules and taking it one day at a time.
3) What can you tell us about your release Dawn of a Dark Knight? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J
I’ve been a paranormal romance and mainstream fiction addict for decades. And I grew up a fan of Indiana Jones and Ann Rice. So, writing paranormals was a no brainer. For Dawn of a Dark Knight everything came together at the right creative moment — my love of Egyptian mythology, my long-time passion for archaeology, my ideas about a new type of paranormal hero and more. It all just gelled.
For the Scimitar Magi series I created a new hero. As a passionate reader of paranormal romance I’ve read my fair share of vampires, weres, fae, shape shifters and demons. And loved them all. But I wanted something new. In Dawn of a Dark Knight the Scimitar Magi are ten pseudo-immortals that live within our world, but struggle to remain incognito. The guys are not exactly thrilled to discover they vowed their eternal soul eons ago to serve the Egyptian gods, and now must execute daemons for the rest of their life. With no past-life memory, they’ve got no clue how to wield the powers gifted to them by the gods. Man to super warrior in five minutes with no instruction manual. So it takes a long time for each Scimitar to work it out. At first losing control at random is the norm, and irritates the bejesus out of the more experienced guys. Incidents happen like blowing up a gas station, which is misinterpreted by the government as a terrorist act. And then there are the women. The Scimitars each get matched to one woman for all-time, and she is also reincarnated. But when…and if this woman shows up is entirely up to the gods, who love to muck things up for their entertainment.
4) What is it about the paranormal romance genre that you like so much?
I’ve always been a voracious reader who gravitated towards the stories about characters that were a little bit beyond normal. I find not-exactly-human main characters fascinating. And what a joy to pen characters with superpowers that certainly come with rules, but there is a certain freedom the reader allows for a writer to bend reality so the story can move forward.
5) Do you think you’ll move to another genre, and if yes, what to and when?
I love writing paranormals – it just fits me so well. However, the future is uncharted territory. I love Sci-Fi and fantasy. And, someday, there may be a story to tell in those genres.
6) Sweet or sour?
7) Chocolate or vanilla?
Zoe Forward lives in North Carolina with her family and an assortment of pets. A graduate of Duke University she majored in biological anthropology, but always had a special love for archaeology, especially anything Egyptian. Although a deep part of her wishes she had pursued a career that would have her at a dig site in a hot, sandy country, she’s spent the past ten years as a small animal veterinarian, caring for everything from chinchillas to dogs…and there was even one hermit crab in there. Great fodder for fiction. When she’s not being a vet, a mom or sneaking out to a movie with her husband, she’s at her laptop writing paranormal romance.
In the shadows of our world, a secret band of warriors fights to protect us. They are the last line of defense against an evil no human can stop.
An ancient nemesis has resurfaced. Duty demands that Ashor Vlahos, Scimitar Magi commander, recruit a magical healer to fortify the remaining eight magi. The gods' choice is the woman who helped him escape torture a decade ago. Ashor couldn't have imagined a better punishment for his vow-breaker homicidal incidents than for the gods to bind him irrevocably to the only woman in the universe he cannot have. The soul-searing desire she ignites in him is strictly forbidden.
Kira Hardy, M.D. is a brilliant, hardworking internal med resident with big secrets. But when Ashor asks for aid after a brutal daemon attack, she is sucked into his dangerous, secret world. Enslavement to the magi, no matter how hot they are, may be an unattractive life plan, but being targeted for death by their enemies is less tolerable.
She must trust the sexy, tormented Ashor to keep her safe while he must deny his ultimate desire and keep Kira at arm’s length lest he bring destruction down on them both. As a centuries-old evil catches up to them, they face a crucial decision—follow the gods' rules or follow their hearts.
And there you have her! Hope you like the look into Zoe that you got today. I'll try to have an update post on what's going on with my current WIP in the next day or two. It's kind of cool!