Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I had a dream one night that I couldn’t shake. It captivated my attention the entire day, so I decided to write it down! I’ve always had vivid dreams, and loved telling stories. I guess it was only a matter of time before my hobby turned into a passion.
Tell us about your books.
Scavenger Girl is a series of 5-books, all representing a season in Ashlund. Atchem is the harvest season, where the people prepare for the coming darkness of Talium (Season II). We follow Una and her family of Reclaimers, also known as Scavengers, for the most transformative year of their lives.
How did you go about getting published?
I’m an indie author, which means all details were handled or managed by me instead of a institution. There are advantages to each method of publishing, and having gone the self-publishing route has taught me that you really have to be dedicated to creating a great story for people to keep turning those pages!
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I write everywhere and anywhere I can! I’ve sat on the floor of the bathroom as my kids took their baths, and cramped in a car on the way to Disneyland. My lunch breaks, and time I used to watch my favorite TV shows turned into writing opportunities. If you really want to write, you’ll find a way.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I’m a mostly-stay-at-home mom to two brilliant children, who does PR work for a dental specialty office. When not hiking around the Pacific Northwest, you can find me hiking with my husband and kids, or making our money-pit a dream home.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
Book covers are a necessary evil.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
I started talking to people about my book early on. From that, a fantastic group of beta readers emerged and elevated my writing. I think the best marketing tips come from starting with a great story, and great stories come from having an open mind. Listen to your heart, but also listen to your readers.
What’s your favorite book?
The best book I’ve ever read is “A Long Way Gone, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier” by Ishmael Beah
What are you reading now?
“Generation Gap” by Alex McGilvery and “Connor’s Odsey” by Ian Bristow
What’s your next book project?
Currently, I’m finishing up editing for the remaining four books in the Scavenger Girl Series.