Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve published one novel, Playground Treasures and have launched two anthologies with my LDS Beta Readers Facebook group. I have one story in both anthologies.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I am a writing teacher for 4th and 5th grade and one of the things I encourage to do when trying to find an idea to write on is to write what they wish they could read. At the same time, I wrote my story. I’ve always wanted to read a story about a kid who ran away from a bad home and lived on the playground. So I wrote it. 🙂
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like writing at night, with lots of food around me, but I am guessing that’s pretty typical. I usually write three books at a time. One in the editing/publishing stage, one in the beta/revising stage, and one that I am either brainstorming or writing a first draft to.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Is it cliche to say J.K. Rowling. Oh well, I said it. I love her. I also love Marissa Myer, Cynthia Voight, and Kierra Cass.
What are you working on now?
I have a YA Beach Romance suspense novel that is in the editing stage, an adaptation of Sleeping Beauty/While you were Sleeping Paranormal NA Romance, and a Baseball Billionaire Romance that is my Nano project. I am also working on two MG stories: Revenge of the Lunchlady and Screen Trapped.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am new to everything, but I have heard good things about BookBub.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just keep writing. If you’re not making time to write, then do it.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t let other writers influence your writing so much that you start to lose your voice.
What are you reading now?
A Refuge of Highland Hall
What’s next for you as a writer?
Right now I am trying to focus on marketing the books I have. I have plenty of writing projects to edit and publish, but I want to make sure I take time to advertise what I already have out. I’ve also started visiting classes in Utah and sharing how young writers can improve.
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?
Cinder, The One, and my scriptures.