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Tell us a bit about yourself
This is always the toughest question… I’m in my late twenties, I am a fur-mama to four bengals and two mini schnauzers. I love coffee and tea. I’m from New England originally but now I’m in Florida. I’m also a total nerd, have quite a few tattoos, I’m pagan and currently obsessed with bookish candles from Frostbeard Studio.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
No, I actually have not. I went to school for marketing and public relations. I’ve got my masters degree in all that stuff, but I started working at a bookstore when I was 18 and continued the trend through college and a bit after. I ended up in publishing, and then had an idea and wrote my first book, Mark of Truth. I’ve always been an avid reader so my friends and family say they always assumed I’d end up doing something with books, but I had no idea I could even write a book!
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
I’m inspired by obscure mythology most of the time. So I usually always start there and build the world. I’m big into history and the old ways of life before technology, although I love technology. Can you say Netflix LOL.
What are you working on now?
Right now, me and my partner in crime/sister from another mister, D.D. Miers are working on a super secret project I can’t go into any details about… and we’re working on finishing up the Kresova series. I’m also working on the first book in my new Wild Huntress trilogy. First sneak peeks of that book can be found over on Book + Main.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
Hmm… I’m not sure if I have any quirks while writing… I like to write things in order if that counts? Where as Dee can jump around and write random bits of things anywhere in the book. Now a days I typically have a candle lit, and coffee close by. I listen to music as well typically.
What are your hopes for the future?
I’d love to see my books on more shelves and in more bookstores of course! I’d also love to see my books in other languages. Otherwise, I just want to keep writing, and meeting incredible readers who make it possible!
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Do you have all day? I’ve been in this industry in one way or another for the past nine years. I’ll give some top tips though.
-Write your own rules. Literally. Don’t follow the rules anyone tells you that are there. Write your story as you see fit.
-Hire a professional editor. If there’s one place in this industry you don’t want to be cheap in or cut corners, it’s this. Definitely get a developmental edit for your first few books, or all of them, I know people who love them every time. I am still learning at least one or two new lessons about my craft with every book I have edited.
-With those edits, some of the best advice I got when doing edits, because it can be super overwhelming, is open up the document, stare at all the red, scroll through it, then close the document for at least 24 hours before you dive in. This way you’re less emotional from the shock of all the red on the page.
-Always be kind to fellow authors. There are plenty of readers to go around. Avoid any drama, and always be honest about your intentions when speaking to someone you don’t know.
– It’s better to be up front and honest if you want something from another author than to beat around the bush and stroke their ego. 9 times out of 10 if someone comes right out and sends me a message to like their page or for help with marketing etc, I’ll say yes vs. someone who bullshits me.
Do you have anything to say to your readers?
Thank you. Merci. Grazie. Danke. Gracias. Takk. I see all of you and thank you isn’t enough to explain the love and gratitude I have for all of you. I never thought I’d have readers from all over the world, let alone outside my own friends and family. So thank you for making me part of your family. I hope I get to hug and meet each and every one of you in person!