Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been writing since I was a little kid. I started writing Dragon Ball Z fanfiction, and I wrote about ten of those before I moved on to my own original book. It was 200 handwritten pages and everyone died in the end. My friend did a book report on it, and he actually got a grade! I was completely hooked, since then, and I’ve been writing ever since.
I only have one book up for purchase at the moment, “Wayward Soul” on Amazon, but overall I’ve probably written at least 5-7 books. I’m working on getting the others out for publication within the next year.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Wayward Soul” is the name of my book. It was inspired by a dream I had. It was originally about a demon stealing Ellie’s sister’s soul, and how Ellie had to bring her sister back to life, and it kind of morphed into what it is now.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write in sprints. I’ll finish a book in less than two months, and then spend another month lost in the void, unsure of how to start editing or even if I should be writing another book! I’ve been getting more consistent, and now that I actually have a schedule (thank you, Passion Planner!), I know what I’m doing next, and always have a plan.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Suzanne Collins and Kim Harrison have been my major idols in the book world. Both of them build super complex worlds using simple language and vivid images. I can only aspire to be as talented as them.
What are you working on now?
I’m finishing up the last book of the “Wayward Gods Trilogy.” I’m about halfway through the edits, and I have an editor lined up in April to take it off my hands.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still in the beginning stages, but I’m finding a lot of people like to interact with me on Facebook and Instagram. I’m most active on Instagram, mostly because I like taking pictures.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’m still new myself, but if anyone is still in the beginning writing stages, my best advice is to just keep writing. If it’s something you love, don’t give up, and don’t let anyone else tell you what you can and cannot write. Write what you love, and then edit it into something someone else will read 🙂
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Rachel Hollis has a quote: No one can tell you how big your dream can be. And that was REALLY influential to me at the end of 2018. I was really struggling and trying to decide what I wanted to do, and whether or not I wanted to pursue a safe, but relatively meaningless (for me), career, or if I wanted to push into writing. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was ten. I decided to bet on my dream.
What are you reading now?
I’m a beta reader for a book by Harper A. Brooks called “Death Wish.” Y’all, it’s amazing.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m still figuring it out! My trilogy will be published by the end of the year, and I have to find a new story to share. It’s all up in the air.
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 Hunger Games” box set by Suzanne Collins
The last two books in “The Hollows” by Kim Harrison
And “Nice Dragons Finish Last” by Rachel Aaron