Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
About seven to eight years ago, I read the entire Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. After I read the last book, I was super inspired and crazy determined to write my own story. The only thing I knew I wanted to write was something that involved God, the supernatural, and teenage romance.
Tell us about your books.
Let’s see…my debut Ya novel Persuasion was inspired out of my fascination of the spiritual realm: God, angles and demons. I wanted to take my own spin as to what it may look like beyond the spiritual veil we cannot see (but sometimes hear, feel, and maybe catch a glimpse of the otherworldly).
How did you go about getting published?
Awesome question because I have an awesome answer. To make a long story short, I asked God to give me a sign if I should continue to write to get published, or to keep it as a hobby. Well, after my talk with Him, I went back into the house, checked my email, and was forever changed. My eyes bulged out and my mouth fell agape when I saw the words POSSIBLE REPRESENTATION. It was an email from a Christan Literary Agent who I never sent my manuscript to! I know, right?! Anyhow, she found me through my website and contacted me, which led me to getting published by Splice Publishing.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I try to write everyday, except for the weekends (that’s our family time). I usually find that I write better and get more words out in the morning or in the afternoon. When evening comes, all I want to do is sip more coffee and watch Netflix.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
When I’m not typing away on MS Word, I’m either outside walking, taking a joy ride with my husband and our youngest daughter, shopping, or cleaning the house. Yeah…nothing very glamorous or exciting.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Er, um…find someone who has great artistic skills. Honestly, I’m not really sure about this one since my publisher provided the cover for Persuasion. Although, I have seen sites where they make book covers for authors. I just don’t remember the names of them, though. Sorry.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I sure do. Getting the story that’s been looming inside your head and onto paper–so to speak–is a great accomplishment, even more so when you type the last word and publish it however you wish. But it doesn’t end there. Because of all the books floating around cyberspace, including those that will pop up any second now, one must do what they can in order to get their book (s) noticed. However, marketing doesn’t have to be stressful or boring, it can be fun as long as you be yourself and find creative ways to do so.
What’s your favorite book?
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
What are you reading now?
I’m reading The Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz (it’s super awesome)!
What’s your next book project?
As of right now, I’m working on Repercussion (Book Two in the Ambrosial Acres Series). And boy, it is very challenging but yet so much fun to write!