What inspired you to write?
Green Eggs and Ham--no lie. It was the first book I read, and it sparked my imagination. I knew I wanted to do that for other people.
Was your inspiration sudden, or did it take time?
It feels like it was immediate, but I was also six, and could barely write my own name. However, when I was seven, the teacher started handing out writing assignments. I still have the very first poem I ever wrote.
Did you use an outline, or just write your story from start to finish?
I'm what I like to call a plotantser. I write down notes on the more important information, but I wing the majority of my writing. The characters lead the way.
Do you work alone, or get encouragement from family and friends?
I work in circles. Sometimes I'm better off inside my own head, but other times, I need the influence of my friends and family.
What was the most difficult part of writing your book?
Keeping everyone's appearance straight. Even with cheat sheets and lists, I still found myself giving people the wrong color eyes, or changing the length of their hair. Thankfully, my editor has a lot of patience. She's also really good at spotting disappearing/reappearing articles of clothing.
What was the most enjoyable aspect of writing your book?
Getting to know my characters and seeing them develop on the page the way I see them in my head.
After the book was published, were you changed?
Absolutely. I never really thought I would reach that point, but now I have two novels out, and three anthologies, and I'm not the same person I was three years ago.
Have you received any awards for your book(s)?
No, but I've been nominated twice for the Summer Indie Book Awards.
Are you working on a new book at the moment?
I have a total of 21 active WIPS, and on any given day, I can be found bouncing between at least three of them at a time.
Do you have any book giveaways, contests or events coming up?
I have none currently scheduled. However, if anyone wants a free review copy of the first two books in my series, they are more than welcome to find me on Facebook and PM me.
What gets in the way of your creativity?
Life. Period. I have a pre-teen and and very active toddler, as well as a fiance. I spend as much time with them as I can, and sometimes, I have to put them first, even when I'm on a schedule. It's worth every distracted moment, though. I wouldn't have made it this far without them.
What strategies do you use to deal with criticism?
I write it out, if it's negative, or discuss it with my fiance until I feel better. If it's positive, I post about it everywhere. I deal with social anxiety, so criticism throws me for a loop in any capacity, but still, I welcome it.
What is your favorite/worst childhood memory?
My favorite memory would have to be traveling to Iowa when I was 14/15. Vacations weren't normal for my family, as we grew up very poor. My grandfather paid for the trip, and we were able to spend a week with my God-family. It was one of the happiest times in my life.
My worst memory took place when I was three days from turning thirteen. My mother was hit by a train. Even years later, after she healed and got her life back to semi-normal, one thing still eats at me: When I saw her in the hospital, covered in blood, I didn't tell her that I loved her. We could have lost her, and I said nothing. I tell her every chance I can, now, but I still feel guilty.
Do you have a favorite quote?
“Second hand books are wild books, homeless books; they have come together in vast flocks of variegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.”
― Virginia Woolf
What is your favorite show on TV?
That's a toss-up between The Count of Monte Cristo, The Three Musketeers (with Tim Curry), and the 2017 version of Beauty and the Beast.
There is no such thing. I LOVE to read, so much so that this question cannot be answered. I do, however, have a favorite series: The Love at Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks.
Who would you want to meet if you could? Dead or alive.
Shakespeare. I'd really love to pick his brain.
Is there a talent you wish you had?
I wish I could draw well. My mother is a fantastic artist and writer in her own right, but I only inherited one of her talents.
What’s something about you that would surprise us?
I don't live in a house or apartment. No mobile home or permanent structure for me. I live in an RV, and my office space is also my dining room table.
Describe yourself in 3 words!
Weird, creative, sarcastic
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