Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
A few years ago I published two science fiction romance novels with HarperCollins. Now I’m writing contemporary fiction – the Wynter Wild series is projected to be a ten-book series, with four books already available on Amazon.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Little Sister Song (book 1 of the series) was a mish-mash of several ideas that I forced together because I was interested in exploring all of them! I wanted to write about a sibling rock band with family secrets. I was also writing about a girl growing up in a cult, but was more interested in what happened to her after she escaped the cult – so in this story, she finds her siblings and bonds with them through music. In later books they form a band together.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I’m not sure what “usual” writing habits are as we’re all different. I prefer to write in the wee hours of the morning in a silent lonely room, but I have a family so these days I have to get to bed early. My most unusual habit for this latest series is probably that I wrote half a million words as they came to me, so the scenes were all out of order covering several years. I chopped it up into separate books and applied story arcs afterward. I thoroughly enjoyed the process but would not recommend it!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Growing up I read anything with girl protagonists: Pollyanna, Little Women, Enid Blyton boarding school stories – usually historical novels because I liked a break from reality. Then I got heavily into my science fiction phase (Ursula Le Guin, Vonda N. McIntyre) and I’ve always liked a good historical romance.
What are you working on now?
The Wynter Wild series is about a family of musicians whose parents damaged them in various ways. They rely on each other as secrets are revealed and old hurts are dealt with. Wynter and her three adult brothers are the point-of-view characters, so the genre is a cross between New Adult and Young Adult. I just call it women’s fiction.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
Do you have any advice for new authors?
My primary advice is to finish what you start. Or, finish *something*. It’s great to get craft advice on story structure and characterization, etc., but in the end you have to stop reading about how to write, and just write. Get a first draft done, and worry about knocking it into shape afterward.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Find what works for you
What are you reading now?
I’m editing heavily at the moment so the only thing I’m reading is my own work.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have two more books to finish in the Wynter Wild series. I’ve also got a fantasy novel in the works, with three female protagonists, so I’m very excited to get back to that later this year.
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?
Anything by Bill Bryson, plus three empty notebooks (hopefully I’m allowed to bring a few pens).