Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Reading has been my primary hobby in life since I was a kid. I love books in a ridiculously wide range of genres, and I’ll read just about anything I can get my hands on. Finishing my first book (and currently only) book at the age of 26 is still one of my biggest accomplishments in life.
Besides reading, I love T.V. and movies, baking, and I also absolutely adore animals. My life’s ambition is to one day have a giant plot of land where I can have an assortment of dogs, cats, horses, llamas, donkeys, and sheep.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
How Perfect You Are was an idea that was inspired by a real-life event- I got a super spooky text message from an unknown number early one morning. It got me thinking, and How Perfect You Are came from there. I’d been wanting to write a book with a college-aged protagonist for quite a while, and this turned into the perfect opportunity.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t know if this is unusual, exactly, but I tend to write in bursts. I can crank out an entire chapter in one fairly quick sitting, but then I have to stop and do something else for a while…occasionally even days. I also vastly prefer to have the T.V. or music on in the background when I work.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Meg Cabot and Ally Carter are two writers I really admire, both for the breadth of their work and their overall style. I have a list that would number into the hundreds or thousands if I tried to name every author and book I’ve ever loved, though.
What are you working on now?
My plan is for How Perfect You Are to be part of a bigger series, called the Carlson College Mysteries. Each book will be standalone but will feature Carlson College students as the main characters and have occasional tie-ins to other stories. I’m currently working on the next book in the series and plotting several others.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m doing a lot of reading about advertising and learning the ins and outs at the moment, so I’m still refining my promotion strategies. Awesome Gang is obviously a good start though!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write about what you love and because you enjoy it. Read often, in your preferred writing genre and out of it. Find people whose advice you can trust, and consider their advice carefully.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Get in the habit of asking yourself if your actions support the life you are trying to create.
What are you reading now?
I’m rereading “Illusions of Fate” by Kiersten White for the billionth time.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Working on the next book in my series and trying to master this promotion thing.
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 detest this question. It varies too much depending on the day, but today I’d have to say To Kill A Mockingbird, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How I Live Now, and…Sherlock Holmes the Complete Collection. Is that last one cheating?