Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing when I was 13, and 18 years later I’m still in love with it. Creating new worlds, meeting new characters, it’s literally the best.
As of right now, I have four books published, and I’m working on a new series right now!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
War of the Chosen was my latest publication, and it is the third book in my vampire series. The inspiration for the entire series was a dream I had where I was a vampire and I’d broken a rule so I was being punished for it. War of the Chosen specifically was inspired by my love for the Countess of Bathory.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I really don’t like noise or other distractions when I’m working, but if it’s noisy in my workspace (kids, what can I say) I have to blast my ears with music. When I was working on my last book, I listened to the new Wonder Woman theme on repeat. Sometimes a particular song can inspire me to work, but if it’s not the right song I can’t listen to it while I’m writing. I really don’t understand it lol
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Growing up, my favorite book was (and still is!) Ella Enchanted, so Gail Carson Levine is one of my favorite authors. As an adult I discovered Gena Showalter, Rachel Caine, Richelle Mead, and E.D. Baker, and I believe those women are what helped shape my work.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on a new series about a school for writers. It’s a different genre than I’ve ever written before, I don’t even read this genre, but I’m so excited how it’s turning out!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
AMS Amazon Ads are currently working really well for me! I made a profile on Bookbub and had a free weekend without buying one of their packages, and actually had a woman approach me at a signing event I was doing and she told me she’d read my book after she found it on Bookbub!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Being a writer is hard. You absolutely have to love writing more than anything, and never ever give up on yourself. Believe in your work, love the words you write and the worlds you create, and don’t let anyone take that from you.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I read somewhere that writers should write the stories they needed to hear when they were growing up. That quote really stuck with me.
What are you reading now?
I am actually reading a book one of my author friends wrote, book two in the “The Gay Teen’s Guide to Defeating a Siren” series. It’s really well written, and engaging!
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have some events in October this year where I’ll be selling copies of my books, and hopefully premiering my next book!
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?
I’d definitely bring my set of my three vampire books (it’s an omnibus, it counts as one!). Ella Enchanted. Percy Jackson’s guide to the Greek Gods. And…. The Ugly Princess by Nancy Luenn.