01: What is the first story you’ve published. Tell us a little bit about it.
The Prophecy will be my first published novel. It’s the story of a young woman kidnapped by a group of religious zealots and proclaimed the fulfillment of a long-awaited peace prophecy.
02: What inspired the story?
The idea for the story literally came out of nowhere while I watched a movie one night. I would say the two main inspirations are Game of Thrones and Arthurian legend.
03: Do you have a writing process? If so what is it?
When I have an idea, I write the story itself as fast as I can. My characters demand to have their story told and keep me restless until it’s all been written down. After that, I go through and agonize over grammar, sentence structure, and word choices. The longest, hardest part is the editing.
04: What do you currently have in the works? Give us a small preview.
I am always working on something. Right now, I am revising the sequel to The Prophecy (working title--The Outlanders). I wrote the whole trilogy at once, but I made some changes to The Prophecy that now must be filtered down to the other two. I’m also putting the finishing touches on a speculative fiction short story to enter into a contest. And finally, I’m in the process of revising a futuristic thriller tentatively called Number 25598. Like The Prophecy’s sequel, it’s already written, but I’m doing some major rewrites.
Teaser line from Number 25598: “Her fake human body didn’t look nearly as believable as Ryder’s, but it would have to suffice.”
05: Who are some of your favorite authors?
Since I write YA, I read a lot of YA. I enjoy the works of Rick Riordan, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Mary Waibel, Meradeth Houston, Michelle Pickett, Victoria Schwab, Victoria Scott, CJ Redwine, Carrie Jones, and Bree Despain.
06: Do you have one author in particular who inspired your writing career? Who and why?
I have wanted to be an author since childhood, so I guess my favorite childhood authors influenced me—Judy Blume, Beverly Cleary, EB White.
07: Are your stories based on real events or people?
No, but there is a loose correlation to Arthurian legend.
08: How much research goes into your work?
Depends on the work. My unpublished historical fiction novel required three years of research because I wanted the story to be exactly right.
09: Have you ever killed off a character based on someone real? If so why?
But I’m not saying I wouldn’t… ;)
10: If you could visit any period in history, what time would you go to? Why?
I would visit Shakespearean England. I ADORE Shakespeare. In this fantasy, I travel back in time and meet him. We spend all day talking and people-watching together. My Shakespeare professor in college told me Shakespeare must have been an excellent people watcher because he so accurately understood people’s motivations.
11: If you could gather any three people in the world, living or dead together, whom would you want to meet and talk with?
Shakespeare (I’m going for a record of how many times I can mention his name—LOL), Val Kilmer (my lifelong crush), and Anne Boleyn.
12: What do you do for fun when you aren’t busy writing?
I enjoy reading, boxing/kickboxing, watching TV, and running.
13: What is the one thing people believe about writers that upsets you?
That it’s easy. LOL!
14: Is there any genre you haven’t written that you’d like to try your hand at?
Historical fiction, middle grade, and chick lit.
15: If you were independently wealthy what is the one place on Earth you’d most like to visit? Why?
16: What is your favorite color? Blue, like my eyes
17: What is your favorite food? Nachos
18: What is your favorite movie? That’s a hard one…
19: What is your favorite TV show? Game of Thrones
20: What is your favorite holiday? Christmas