Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I turned eighteen a couple months ago and graduated high school last week. Writing has always been a passion. I began constructing characters for the Cartlidge series in forth grade. At sixteen, I set a goal to be published before graduating high school. With goal behind me, I plan to continue working on the remaining two books while I pursue a degree in English.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Cartlidge: Rise of the Imperfect Flame
I’ve always been a fan of science fiction so there are many different inspirations for the story, but the main source was a simple drawing of the main character I made with a friend back in fourth grade.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I cannot bring myself to describe a design, scene, or character without drawing it first. I’ve drawn hundreds of designs over the years, many of which I still have.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are many. From the Hunger Games to the Inheritance Cycle, I’ve bought and read dozens of books to help me improve my own literary and grammatical skills.
What are you working on now?
The second of three books in the Cartlidge Trilogy.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
One particularly helpful method is through bookmarks. They’re relatively cheap, easy to carry, and are convenient gifts for potential readers. Also, if someone is interested in the book, an author can give them a bookmark with information on where to find the book so that the reader is twice as likely to actually seek the book out.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’ll give them the same advice a veteran writer gave to me. Don’t get discouraged, don’t ever quit, Keep writing and keep working.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Writing is a passion, marketing is a job.
What are you reading now?
The final book of the Hunger Games series. I refuse to watch the movies until I finish it.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m currently working on Cartlidge- The Warlord’s Tomb. In the fall, I begin classes at Northern Kentucky University. I plan to major in English and possibly minor in business or marketing.
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?
The Inheritance Cycle. They’re thicker than the average novel and I’ve been wanting to reread the series.