Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve published two books so far.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The latest book is called Sit Pretty and it is part of an ongoing series, Seat of Magic, which follows Av and Aren as they attempt to navigate their world as the new leaders of a fractured land.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t believe my writing habits are unusual. I write during my morning coffee, on breaks at work, and at home once I settle down for the evening.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m sure every book I’ve ever read has influenced me in some fashion. The biggest influence, however, is from an author I can no longer recall the name of. She visited my middle school when I was thirteen and spoke with my class about writing and publishing. I have no idea why the school brought in an author, it was a small school that put focus on everything except the arts.
Having her speak was an eye opener for me. I don’t recall what I thought before then, but it had never occurred to me that the books in the library, most of which I had read, came from someone who as paid to do the writing. From that point onward I decided that I wanted to be an author, I began writing and have yet to stop.
What are you working on now?
I am editing two books at once: Dark Spirits (Seat of Magic book three) and Five Years Dead (book one in the Haven series)
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’ve promoted on a variety of sites, but I believe the place that may have gotten the most attention so far has been Facebook. Though that attention mainly came from family and friends. For other readers the best method has actually been through Awesomegang and a site called Zourla.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. I wrote probably twenty full-length books before I published one. Since publishing I’ve only paused writing in order to complete edits.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I wish I could recall where I first heard those words, though I’m sure I’ve seen it across articles and advice pages, even from big name authors. It is the most basic, and yet the most honest advice there can be. No matter what happens, keep writing.
What are you reading now?
Anne Bishop’s Murder of Crows from the “The Others” series. I try to read books from a variety of authors but when it comes time to publish a book I seem to gravitate to old favourites like those from Bishop, Hobb, and Goodkind.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully getting Haven series up and running, as I’ve been promising longtime readers for years that I would.
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’m tempted to cheat, as I know there are several collections of full-length novels from my favourite authors, but I would probably take the first book of Hobb’s Tawny Man Trilogy, Written in Red, by Anne Bishop, and any book from Anne McCaffrey.