I got into an interesting discussion with a reader the other day that showed I should probably make a few things clear for the reading public.
1) Dying Embers is entirely a work of fiction. I made all this shit up in my head and while I may have borrowed a few minor character traits from people I've met in my life-travels, they're scattered throughout and no one character has any resemblance as a whole to anyone I've ever met.
2) I have never been cheated on. I've only been married once, and my husband is so totally faithful that even when some ass started a rumor, I laughed my ass off. The only cheating I ever encountered was that one dude in college who slept with a chick at a party when he was supposed to be my boyfriend. I dropped him like the sack of dirt he was, but I never cared enough about him to even wish him dead.
3) I have never killed anyone. Not that I haven't thought about it, and my imagination does run wild, but I do know right from wrong, and no matter how much some people may deserve a little payback, I would never follow through. Hell, people, I swerve to avoid running over frogs. The only thing I kill with any amount of glee are brown recluse spiders. Those suckers deserve to die. And venomous snakes.
4) Neither Jace nor Emma is modeled after me, or anyone else I know.
If the story you read makes it seem like I've been there, then thank you. That means I've done my job as a writer. And yes, while the common mantra in the writing community is 'Write what you know', it isn't the case here. I make shit up and write it down.
I hope you all enjoy the shit I've made up. I'm having a blast letting my imagination run wild and then sharing the stories with you.
Oh, and I almost totally forgot! Deb Salisbury and DL Hammons need to email me (besanderson at gmail dot com) your snail mail addresses so I can send you both bookmarks - just cuz. =o)