Why did you decide to write?
I never really decided to write, it just grabbed hold of me and refused to let go. I have written in one form or another since age eight. The decision to publish was something else entirely. However, I fear I would explode if all these stories and characters do not find their way out.
How did you find a publisher?
In choosing a publisher, I researched many different platforms with the complete intention of self-publishing. I finally settled on Createspace. It was a completely personal decision after much research and debate.
How did you decide what to write about?
The story was mulling around in my head and evolving for about two years. However, it is loosely based off several characters in an online RPG called Trinton Chronicles, which I participated in for over ten years.
Where did you start?
I started The Vu my first novel, with the NaNoWriMo contest. It was the motivation I needed and the credible excuse to make sure I sat down and wrote something every day.
How does your family feel about the time it takes to write a book?
My kids help a lot when I am trying to write. Countless scenes were written or edited while balancing a breastfeeding baby or running back and forth changing out loads of laundry. My husband made every effort to make sure I had times of uninterrupted writing. He is very excited about my accomplishments.
If you could work with any author, who would it be?
This answer will always be evolving as I discover new and incredible writers. As of October 2015, my list is topped by James Patterson, Cassandra Clare, P.C. Cast, Veronica Roth, Jean Marie Bauhaus, and my newest “discovery,” A.R. Crebs.
What’s your favorite part of a book?
The end! I love seeing where the characters’ journeys take them and where they end up.
When naming your characters, do you gave any thought to the literal meaning of the names?
Sometimes, yes, and sometimes I go with what sounds right. Sabella (The Vu) got her name years ago when I was in middle school and read the name in a short story. I loved it and consequently used it for many stories thereafter until The Vu came about. Now, her final story is being told. I do a lot of name research and character renaming, generally. Peter Mattingfield’s name was completely different in the first draft of The Vu. Fiona from The Shades of Orthea was inspired by a television show and matched the Irish setting of the story.
Who is your target audience?
It depends on how the story plays out, but I like to think most of my work is Young Adult/New Adult.
What are the major themes of your work?
Overcoming obstacles, especially inner struggles and turmoil. I want my stories to ultimately inspire.
Have your personal experiences affected your writing?
I have been through many trials and tribulations of my own. In many aspects, I have been through the ringer and come out on the other side stronger and more confident in myself and what I can accomplish. That definitely bleeds into my writing. How many experiences in the stories literally draw from my actual life, however, I will probably never tell.
Will there be an addition to The Vu and The Gathering?
Yes. There will be at least one more book. We’ll see how it goes to decide if there will be more after that.
What is the major difference between your two currently published books?
The Vu and The Gathering are urban fantasies set in Tulsa, OK. The Shades of Orthea is a historical fantasy that takes place in 900 AD Ireland and its alternate-dimensional counterpart Orthea.