When I was a young girl I formed my own ideas on prejudice, then when I began writing one things I knew for certain that I wanted in my historical romance series was making the reader fall in love with both sides of a very highly prejudice time, Whites and Indians. By the final book I want take my readers into a very well-known battle but by that time my readers will be in love with both sides of the coin.
What came from this idea is making each heroine in my stories have to overcome something. In The Cheyenne Bride, my heroine, Nichole (White Deer to the Cheyenne) longs for acceptance of just being herself, a half white/half Cheyenne woman who longs to be loved for just that, not one half of who she is or hated for her other half.
In Destiny’s Price, Destiny comes from long term abuse and even though the story is novel length, the message to readers is overcoming and learning to live beyond the abuse, something in reality that takes a lot longer to overcome.
In Into the Darkness my readers are taken on a story of inner growth through the eyes of my characters the reader will find my heroine, Raven, come into herself. Even though the rape scene of this story is behind closed doors, it is a vital part of Raven learning that even as an immortal (a very powerful one at that) bad things still happen and it is through rising up from your own ashes you can shine again and become a stronger person.
As a victim of childhood abuse it is highly important for me to show others of abuse that regardless you are not your abuse, you are who you rise above it to become. It took me a good many years to rise above all that happened to me, but today I’m in a better place and if I can help someone else rise above their abuse, then it is a day well spent.