Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve always loved reading and writing, but I started writing seriously and pursuing publication two years ago. I was hospitalized for severe depression in September 2016. When I got out of the hospital, I turned to writing as a form of therapy. Within a month, I had completed my first project-a novella-and determined that writing is what I wanted to devote my life to. I recently published my first novel-a YA fantasy-and began writing full-time.
Tell us about your books.
I am currently working on a seven-book YA fantasy series-A Girl with a Bow. The main character, Petunia, is an awkward seventeen-year-old who lives in a caravan and becomes a folk hero when she accidentally kills a baby dragon. She ends up wrapped up in a nefarious plot related to the dragon. The first book has a sense of innocence and naivete about it that the other books don’t have. The series gets darker and more serious as the story progresses.
How did you go about getting published?
With my first project, I was pursuing traditional publishing (for about a year). When I completed the first draft of A Girl with a Bow, I decided I wanted to pursue indie publishing. I am a very hands-on person and wanted to have complete creative control. I have experience in editing, and my husband is a graphic designer and owns a marketing/advertising company, so he was able to create the cover and interior formatting and manage the marketing aspects. We are now creating a company to help others who want to indie publish.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
I am a morning person and tend to do my best work early. I like to write with a large mug of black coffee while the sun comes up. I usually write at my desk but occasionally like to settle onto the sofa in my formal living room.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I mostly work! But I’m trying to learn how to relax on weekends. I usually read (mysteries or YA fantasy), spend time at coffee shops with my writing buddy, and spend time with my husband and our three canine children-Emma, Grayson, and Vax.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
A book is a work of art. The cover, the words, the interior formatting-they are all integral to creating a quality piece of work. My graphic designer husband who has studied good cover design says a cover should evoke a feeling, vibe, or scene, not necessarily a scene. He recommends Chip Kidd’s Youtube videos.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Consumers want to feel connected to creators. Find ways to engage with readers. I personally like events where I can actually interact with people.
What’s your favorite book?
My favorite most recent read is The Cruel Prince.
What are you reading now?
I’m currently reading a draft of a friend’s manuscript and A Stolen Kiss by Kelsey Keating.
What’s your next book project?
Book 2 of A Girl with a Bow is coming out in September, so I am hard at work on that. A Girl Becomes Legend picks up after Petunia finds out what is at stake for the world. It is action-packed and has dragons! Plus, Petunia’s romance begins to develop.