Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I live in West Michigan with my husband, two kids, two terriers and six chickens. I write speculative fiction, mostly fantasy, sci-fi, and some paranormal. My writing tends to be somewhat dark, though I do through in a lighthearted story once in a while just to keep readers guessing. I write both novels and short stories. Currently I have four novels published and four more waiting to get out into the world, along with
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
I have recently re-released my dystopian novel, A Broken Race. It previously published through a small press.
A Broken Race was partially inspired by the son of a friend of ours who is autistic. I wanted to write a book where those with special needs were featured.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I prefer to write in the morning in silence if at all possible. The chickens usually ruin that, but I have ear plugs if they get too rowdy. Candlelight is nice, meaning I prefer the lights off so I’m not distracted by anything else in my office and can focus on the glow of my laptop where the writing is supposed to be happening.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I was highly influenced by Stephen Brust’s Vlad Taltos series. He writes a great snarky character.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on The Narvan, a space opera series. There are currently four books written. The publisher’s edits for the first book are sitting in my inbox.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
If there was any one awesome solution to book promotion, we’d all be using it. That would probably break the internet. Instead, we’re all scrambling about, searching for the magical answer. There are a lot of helpful websites, like this one, and Facebook groups out there. You just need to figure out what works best for you.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Sit down and finish your first draft before you worry about whether it’s awful or not. You can fix that later, but you can’t edit or rewrite words that aren’t on the yet on the page.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You’ll never publish anything if you don’t finish it first.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently working my way through The Woman In Blue, by Elly Griffiths. After a conversation with my daughter about tense, in which we both agreed we were not fans of the present tense, I thought I’d give it a try. I’m contrary like that. Maybe this book can change my mind.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After I get the space opera series off my to do list, I’m back to waffling between a funny fantasy novel, and a YA fantasy or sci-fi novel. I haven’t been able to pull of YA yet, but I’d like to do that someday. A lot of readers ask for it.
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’d have to take George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. He writes great characters. That would keep my busy reading for at least a week or so.