Tell us about yourself and what inspired you to start writing.
I’ve always been a storyteller to some degree. While other little girls used Barbies to play house, I used them to act out dramatic, detailed movies I had created in my head and wanted to make real.
I don’t think there was ever a moment in my life where I realized I should write, because it was something I always did. It didn’t even dawn on me that other people weren’t this way until I was a teenager.
Tell us about your books.
My stories don’t ever tend to stick to one genre. They’re always a fusion. So with these novels, there is romance, it is paranormal, but it’s also a small town whodunnit with a lot of humor, that migrates into an almost mafia power struggle in the sequel.
Because I want the things I view and read to be layered and appease to my different interests, I write that way as well.
How did you go about getting published?
I was originally traditionally published in 2015, and when my contract was up for renewal this year I chose to try the self-publishing route with those same novels. I wanted to experience what it was like having EVERYTHING be in my hands. So far it’s been thrilling.
What is your writing process? Do you have a time, day or place you like to write?
It oddly depends on what I’m writing. If I’m working on a big “summer blockbuster” type of a story, my writing tends to be in the morning when the sun is out. If I’m working on something more toward the horror or paranormal spectrum, then my writing kicks in at night.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Full-time job, pets, hobbies?
I have two cats named Blue and Echo. Both named after two dinosaurs in a raptor pack from Jurassic World. Yeah, don’t judge me, I name my animals odd things. It’s why my character in my novel does it too. When I’m not playing with them or writing, I work at a nursing home in the rehab department.
Any advice for authors about book covers?
A well made cover is totally worth the money you spend. Believe me. And freelance cover designers are your friend.
Any marketing tips you’d like to share with other authors?
Don’t be afraid to give away free copies or put your book on sale. It’s more important to get readers in the beginning than any sales.
What’s your next book project?
I have a few on the horizon. Of course the third in my Lunar Rampage series, but also a Dark Gothic novel as well. I’m excited, because this is the most diverse and layered novel I have right now. I want every person reading it to feel represented, and I want your heart tugged at, both out of sadness and out of joy.
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