Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have written almost fifteen novels. My writing fluctuates between a variety of genres, but my favorites to write are psychological, horror, and paranormal. I love suspenseful stories, and I can lose myself easily in just about any book. When I’m not reading or writing, I like to draw and bake.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called Storm Breaker, and it’s the final book in the Blood Moon Trilogy. The Blood Moon Trilogy was inspired by my love of classic horror. I wanted to explore the myth of where werewolves and vampires came from, but I wanted to do it in a way different from typical slasher films.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love to write with pen and paper before I move it to a word document. I can’t write directly on a computer. Something about staring at a computer screen makes it hard for me to think.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I love authors that can tell layered, complex stories with unforgettable characters.
I’ve been greatly influenced by Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, Gillian Flynn, Mary Kubica, Ruth Ware, and Lynn Weingarten.
What are you working on now?
Now, I’m working on a piece for a box set called Dungeons and Demons. In this story, a group of teenagers play a game of Dungeons and Dragons on Halloween except one of their friends is not who they think he is.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
When it comes to promoting, the best tool I have is networking. Connecting to not only readers but other authors is very important. The best way of doing this for me is Twitter. The #writingcommunity is a wonderful place filled with supportive souls.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Never forget why you’re telling your story. It can be easy to get discouraged and to think that your idea has been done or no one will read it, but the truth is, no one can tell your story the way you can.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
There will always be people who don’t like your work. Don’t sweat it. You’re not pizza.
What are you reading now?
I am currently reading My Sister is Missing by Carissa Ann Lynch.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As a writer in the long term, I am looking forward to eventually finishing my nine book series, the Rituals of the Night series. In the short term, however, I am looking forward to the release of the Soul’s Day boxset, and my piece in it Dungeons & Demons.
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 Dark Half by Stephen King
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Bad Girls with Perfect Faces by Lynn Weingarten