Tell us a bit about yourself and what you’re currently working on or promoting.
I’ve got three projects running at the moment. The Eternals Series—The first miniseries in that is out, The Burning Mini. A YA book called More Things in Heaven and Earth, and a new series entitled Echelon that will be a bit of a post-apocalyptic paranormal romance series.
What genre is your book? Do you write in other genres as well?
I love Paranormal-Romance, but I do write other genres, Young Adult being my second favorite.
Who or what inspires you?
In one word: EVERYTHING. It could be a line in a movie, or a song on the radio or a dream. My inspiration comes from all around me.
Has a dream every inspired any of your stories?
Oh yes, the young adult book I’m working on More things in Heaven and Earth is based on a dream I had when I was a teenager, that I never forgot.
Do you have an agent and/or publisher or are you self-published? If self-published, do you use a professional editor? If traditionally published, who is your publisher?
I have a publisher. I work with Extasy Books. They are fantastic.
Do you use test readers? If so, how many?
I don’t have “test readers” as much as I have a writing circle. It’s a small circle, only four of us, but they do read my work, or bounce ideas off each other.
What advice do you have for writer’s just starting out?
Don’t give up! (and I can’t stress that enough) That is the thing that kills more writing careers than anything else. Keep trying no matter how many rejections you get. If they (the publisher) address the rejection to you personally instead of “Dear Author” count it as a win, and keep going.
Do you set writing goals and if so, what are they?
Yes I do, I try and write a minimum of 1250 words a day. Life gets in the way and I have many other things, but there are days that I have written 5k or more.
Do you outline your stories or just go with the flow?
Outline and then some. I start with what I call “the bones” it’s the skeleton, the base story idea and where I want it to go. Then I do chapter breakdowns, but I don’t let it stifle me, if I come up with a good idea while I’m writing, I’ll go with it.
What does your writing space look like?
PINK haha, I have a small desk and everything is organized. Pink makes me happy so it’s my dominant color.
What project are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing Book 6 in the Eternals series.
Is being an author your dream job? If so, how long have you been chasing the dream? If not, what would be your dream job?
Yes, I’ve wanted to be a writer my whole life. To be a published author is a dream come true for me.
What book are you currently reading?
Grave Peril by Jim Butcher. It’s part of the Dresdan Files. I love Harry Dresdan.
What has been your best moment as a writer?
When my EIC contacted me to get my series title so she could send me my contract. It was payoff for a heap of hard work
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a mom and wife, but that’s my other day (night 24/7 ) job. I love crafts, I knit and cross stich and sew teddy bears (of all things)
How much time a day do you spend on social media?
About 2 hours a day, maybe more.
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