Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I have been writing stories since I was in middle school. Even before that, my mom will tell you that I told extremely outlandish stories from the time I could talk, so I can’t really say what originally inspired me to start writing. For me, writing is just as much fun as reading. When I write, I’m usually discovering the story as I go.
Tell us about your books.
I just published my first book, Avalon: Princess, in December 2016. It tells the story of a young orphaned girl, Amalthea Jade, who grew up just like any other kid until she falls through a portal into the magical world of Avalon. It’s there that she finally meets her father, the King. Of course, her curiosity proceeds to get her into all kinds of trouble, but in a world with magical creatures and magical villains, that trouble can be life-threatening.
How did you go about getting published?
I really did a lot of research, and I ended up going with self-publishing. I really like being able to have control over my book and not having to answer to a publisher. However, I’m not completely closed to the idea of going with a traditional publisher at some point in the future.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I don’t really have a writing process. I usually keep very busy, so I just try to write when I have the time, which means I usually end up writing at night. I do need absolute quiet. I can’t even have music playing or I will get distracted and start singing along.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I teach English full time at a local high school, and I also coach theater at the school.
I have two pet sugar gliders. If you have never heard of them, look them up right now. I personally think they are the cutest things ever, and they’re very smart. My two are named Dobby and Kreacher after the Harry Potter house elves.
When I do have freetime, other than writing, I like to try a lot of crafty things. In the past, I’ve tried my hand at sewing, crocheting and knitting, painting, foot painting (which is exactly what it sounds like), and a lot of DIY Pinterest finds.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
I self-published my book through CreateSpace, and I used their cover create to make my cover. There are websites where you can get stock images that you can use for free. It has worked for me, however, you can find people who will design covers for you for fairly cheap. I’ve found as low as $30 for an ebook cover.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Don’t be afraid to really sell your book. I tend to be more introverted and modest, so I was uncomfortable in the beginning even telling people that I had written a book. I was amazed though at how many people, even just acquaintances, really wanted to read my book. You will get a lot farther using social media, but don’t forget about plain old word of mouth too.
What’s your favorite book?
I’m going to have to refer to the words of Neil Gaiman on this one. “Picking five favorite books is like picking the five body parts you’d most like not to lose.”
What are you reading now?
Most recently, I finished reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman. I just started reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs.
What’s your next book project?
Along with the sequel to Avalon: Princess (Avalon: Crown), I’ve been working on a scifi novel set in the future when an alien race has taken over and is impersonating humans. It’s only when Lizzie finally escapes the laboratory that was her prison for ten years, that she realizes that she’s one of the last humans left.