Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m from Dallas, Texas. I’m an author, artist, and podcast host. I have written 5 books with my most recent being the most different genre I’ve ever written – urban fantasy. I’ve been writing since I was a child, but I didn’t think I would be self-publishing my work. After college, I took the leap and published my first book. I also drew a lot as a kid, but I’ve only been painting seriously for a year and a half. I describe my art as stylized. Creating is my passion, and I enjoy sharing it with others; especially, as a writer.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
“Cliff Lords: Weapons of Disaster Parts 1-3” come from my desire to create a comic book. I wanted to draw the pictures and design the entire comic book myself, but writing it was much easier for me to do. Also, I’ve written romance and drama. Writing an urban fantasy book was a goal and a challenge, and I enjoyed it very much.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Not sure if this is unusual, because I recently learned that some people are able to read a book without using visuals in their heads. When I’m writing, I envision everything from the setting to the character’s tone in voice and facial expression.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Too many! My favorite childhood book is “Goodnight Moon” by Margaret Wise Brown. My favorite YA books are the Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre and the Indigo Summer Series by Monica McKayhan. My favorite authors are Eric Jerome Dickey, Nina Foxx, and Electra Rome Parks to name a few. Books that have influenced me as an adult are “Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, and many like it – helping me get my finances together, and the Bible.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on “Cliff Lords: Weapons of Disaster Parts 4-5.” It will start where the first one ended. I can’t wait for it to drop. I’m also writing another book about the relationships between fathers and their kids from children to adults. I’m excited about both.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I have been showing out, because this is the first year that I’ve actually promoted my work. Yes, I thought releasing it on Amazon was all I had to do. In 2019, I said I will be doing things differently. I hope there’s a huge turnout!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don’t overthink it. If you can afford to hire someone to edit, proofread, design your book cover, etc., do it! If you cannot or if you want to do it yourself, you can do it. Don’t get hung up on trying to be perfect, because you’ll never get to the next point or it’ll take longer to get there. Never take critiques to heart. Your book is your baby, but that doesn’t mean everyone will like or love your baby. If you love what you do, nothing can interfere. Do you!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
I’ve heard so much great advice. I can’t pick one, but I do have my own. I always remember to never settle even when I’m settling. This means even though I’ve been working a 9-5, my dream is to be a full-time writer – so, I don’t forget that. It means that I have accomplished my goal, but don’t get comfortable. Find that next adventure in life to explore.
What are you reading now?
I have a list to tackle. I’ll share with you a few books that I want to read: “The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide To Hollywood Success” by Devon Franklin, “1984”
by George Orwell, and “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran.
What’s next for you as a writer?
A movie! I am a movie-lover. Getting one of my books turned into a movie would be epic. It is definitely a dream of mine, because I do write my books as if it were a film that I was watching. Becoming a best-seller is would be great, too.
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 Bible, Goodnight Moon, and one of my books. Is there an option to bring a journal? I would love to document my being stranded on a desert.
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