Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I have one traditionally published novel (in hardcover) called ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH. It’s a YA contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland and came out in April 2015. My next YA is an indie pubbed contemporary romantic comedy titled KASEY SCREWS UP THE WORLD, which releases on September 8, 2015. Lastly, I will begin publishing a New Adult College Romance series. The first of which, PREMATURE EVACUATION, drops September 29, 2015. Books 2 and 3 release in October and November respectively.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called PREMATURE EVACUATION and it was inspired by boys who are so afraid of commitment, they break off a promising relationship before it gets good.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write during my two hour train commute to and from NYC each work day. I am a Project Manager by trade so my writing is highly organized, complete with schedules and risk management per project.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Sarah for three dimensional sympathetic characters, Marget Atwood for gorgeous prose, and Chuck Palahniuk for adding quirks and twists.
What are you working on now?
I am working on Books 2 and 3 in the Premature Evacuation series. I revise Book 2, Master Probation, on my morning train commute and draft Book 3, A Bone to Pick, on the way home.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
My first book was traditionally published and so far I’ve had great experience with book store events and speaking on writing conference panels. My first indie published book releases in a few weeks so I’ve been building a mailing list in anticipation.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Always be improving. For each book I write, I like to challenge myself with something new, either a new POV or a new structure or a subject I want to learn more about. It keeps the writing interesting.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Chuck Palahniuk’s article on unpacking thought verbs is by far the best writing advice I’ve heard. It can be found here: https://litreactor.com/essays/chuck-palahniuk/nuts-and-bolts-%E2%80%9Cthought%E2%80%9D-verbs
What are you reading now?
I am reading Books 2 and 3 in the Bone Dry series by Cady Vance.
What’s next for you as a writer?
After my scheduled releases in 2015, I plan to release more contemporary YA romance and another NA series in 2016.
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?
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. And honestly, I’d take Twilight by Stephenie Meyer.