Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
*Waves* Hey all! I’m the author of The Zombie Girl Saga, a four part YA series. I’m a wife, and mother to two small humans. I’m a proud Canadian and super nerd! I’m obviously a zombie enthusiast, also a lover of all things Tim Burton, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Marvel, Star Wars and just generally just love film!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is Zombie Experiment, the 3rd book in The Zombie Girl Saga, it will be out October 16, 2016 from CHBB Publishing. The series was inspired by a dream I had back in high school about an undead superhero named Eve. It’s evolved a lot since then and the series is mega intense and quirky.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I’ll listen to music and dance around before sitting down to write. Sounds silly but helps me get ready. I have another strange one that I do from time to time, I like to apply lipstick before writing, sometimes a little lip colour helps inspire!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many! Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, Stephen King, Edgar Allan Poe, Seth Grahame-Smith, R.L Stine and that’s just to name a few. I’ve always loved a good scary story that’s not only creepy but quirky.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on book 4 of The Zombie Girl Saga, it’s sheduled to come out January 2017 and it’s the final book in the series. I’m sad to see it come to an end, but it’s been fun to write and I can’t wait to release it.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve found Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads and Instagram to be great ways to reach readers with common interests. I find that if readers like me, then they tend to like my books. My voice is distinctly in everything I write, so if you don’t like my sense of humour or geeky nature, then I might not be your cup of tea, but luckily people seem to interact with me.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’m still fairly new myself, but if I were to give any advice it would be to “push forward.” Sometimes it’s hard to believe in yourself, sometimes rejection hurts, but push on and never give up. Chances are if you’ve written something you love, then there’s a reader out there for it. We all have brain-mates (a version of soul mates) out there, I’ve met quite a few!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Stop reading reviews! Yep, actually have been told that a couple times now. Sounds strange but I think it’s healthier that way. If it’s a bad review you’ll dwell on it and if it’s a good review, it’ll swell your head…so basically it’s best to read nothing and appreciate the fact that the books are being reviewed. If you become obsessed with how many stars, it might take away from your main focus, which should always be the writing.
What are you reading now?
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock by Paul Tremblay, it’s a lot like Stranger Things.
Hunter of the Dead by Stephen Kozeniewski. A vampire book that has my name in it! How cool is that?
Follow the Ashes (Executioner Trilogy, #1) by Kindra Sowder. Which reminds me of Supernatural but with chicks taking on demons.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m currently working on a poetry book, a supernatural romance, and a new YA series. So lots on the go! I’ve also always wanted to dive into Sci-fi a bit more, but we shall see if time allows for it.
If you were going to be stranded on a desert island and allowed to take 3 or 4 books with you what books would you bring?
Yikes! I would need them all!! But I suppose if I had to choose I would take Pride & Prejudice, Dracula, The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe and The Fault in Our Stars. Yep I’m a sap, and a sucker for classics.