Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Dallas, TX. I love Texas. The weather is crazy, but the people are friendly. I graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA of Arts in Spanish. Mexico is my second home. My husband is from there, and I have family down there. I love the culture, the people and of course the food. I have three wonderful children and I love hiking and spending time outdoors when I am not writing.
Fantasy is my preferred genre to write in. There are no limits in fantasy beyond my own imagination. Anything can happen. Sunwalker is my debut novel. It is a YA Vampire novel. The first in a trilogy. Nightwalker, book 2, is set to be released in Spring 2018. I also just released a MG Fantasy novel entitled the Portal Keeper, in December 2017.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Portal Keeper is my latest book, it was just released in December. It is about a boy whose family is in charge of guarding a secret portal to protect the kingdom of Rastella. I had previously written a YA vampire novel called Sunwalker. It was too scary for my younger kids, so I wanted to write something they would enjoy. I had been toying around with doing something with a portal and came up with the idea for The Portal Keeper.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I need noise when I write. Whether that’s the tv turned on low or music playing in the background, it doesn’t matter. But I don’t like it completely quiet.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love Brandon Mull. He is a middle grade fantasy writer. He does a great job at sucking you into his stories. I typically finish his novels in one sitting. I hope to write stories that do the same to readers.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on Nightwalker the second book in the Sunwalker Trilogy. I am also working on a children’s series and I am just starting to outline the sequel to The Portal Keeper.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have found having other authors promote my books works well. I try and connect with authors who write in the same genre and we cross promote. Advertising with readers who already enjoy fantasy works much better than advertising fantasy in a group who likes non fiction, for instance.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep working at it. It can be hard with ups and downs, but it is also very rewarding. Get your book out in front of people. The real work starts after a book is published.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Start a blog. I was hesitant to do this, not being super tech savvy. It has helped me bring awareness to other authors as well as help new readers learn about my books.
What are you reading now?
I am just about to start Brandon Mull’s Time Jumpers, it is book 5 in his 5 Kingdom Series, and I believe it is the last in the series. It has been a great ride so far and I know he will wrap it up nicely.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Just to keep writing. I hope to hammer out the final book in the Sunwalker Trilogy this summer.
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?
Count of Monte Cristo, Harry Potter and The Book of Mormon. All great books.