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Tell us a bit about yourself
Born and raised in Chicago, I currently live in Missouri near Whiteman AFB but definitely miss my city traffic and busy coffee shops. I am a parent to 3 cats who support my writing career nearly as much as my cute British husband. Recently, I became a full-time author in order to devote more time to expanding my multiple series and I couldn’t be happier. I tend to focus the majority of my writing on gothic horror and romance, currently, focused on the reverse harem subgenre in particular. Overall, I’m really just an author doing author-ing things while hanging out with her cats and drinking bubbly.
Have you always wanted to become an author?
I wish I could say I have always been focused on this goal. I’ve always enjoyed writing and somewhere between 8th grade and freshman year, I considered persuing it but getting to this point took a lot of twists and turns. I only started publishing and actively writing this past January, and before that, I had been focused on my Masters in Communication. I have studied everything under the sun from political communication, to gender studies, and even briefly focusing on organic chemistry at the start of my bachelors. Yet somehow I ended up exactly where I had started in 8th grade, wanting to be a writer.
What was your inspiration for your current book/series?
For the purpose of this question, I’m going to focus on the Descendant series because I have about 5 others floating around out there! Descendant of Chaos
did not actually derive from my normal creative process, instead, it sort of popped out of nowhere. I had just finished both Fire & Smoke
, as well as Monsters
, both that were set to release on August 30th so I was feeling a bit out of sorts. I’d taken a long weekend from my job at the time and started messing around with a storyline about Nova and these crazy yet sexy mages that came to her hometown. Well, 3 pages turned into 160 after about 4 days and I decided that I would put the book out there. I was thrilled to find out how much people enjoyed it.
What are you working on now?
Currently, I have several projects going. I write under a co-author pen name, the Grim Sisters, with CY Jones
, so we have been moving forward onto our 2nd and 3rd book with that. Additionally, I have been plotting out the second two books following Queen of Dead. It’s hard to give an accurate description of what I’m working on because it changes so much. The best way to describe it is that I’m working on a lot! After all, the characters somewhat demand it lol.
Do you have any quirks while writing?
Not quirks per se but there are a few things that I am picky about. One of them is covers. It sounds silly but I have always been super picky about the color and ‘vibe’ of the cover. Except for a few, I have created most of my covers on my own. The two artists that I have worked with are exceptionally talented and I trust them to put forward the exact concepts I’m envisioning.
Outside of that, I always have a candle lit and I never have music on. I know. not very interesting in terms of quirks!
What are your hopes for the future?
I started this entire process of publishing with one goal in mind. To have fun. I have been in jobs that I’ve hated and now that I have found something I truly enjoy, I plan on holding onto that. I publish at least once a month or more and while that may seem stressful, I find it really fun. Whenever I feel stressed or it starts to feel like a responsibility, I tend to step back and breath a bit. My PA Sarah Klinger
is fantastic at telling me to take personal time to maintain that balance.
I really hope to continue to grow my base with audience members and writers who love the characters and worlds I build. As much as sales and profits are important, I couldn’t imagine not caring about my characters or the worlds I’ve placed them in. So while I do hope to continue to grow, my real goal is to continue to enjoy what I am doing.
Do you have any advice for new authors about the publishing world?
Publish that first book. The hardest part about publishing is getting out that first book. There are going to be people in the industry who try to not only diminish your excitement but put you down. You need to trust yourself and your ideas because you’re audience will love you for it. Don’t follow trends unless you really want to write a book within that sub-genre. Instead, write what you love and remember, an audience is called an audience for a reason. Not everyone will love your work but the ones that do will love your authenticity and hard work.
Do you have anything to say to your readers?
I love you! No really, hearing your feedback and excitement about the characters that feel so real to me, fuels my writing. I have always loved fantasy and romance so hearing about you falling in love with the characters makes me ridiculously happy. I also really hope I get a chance to meet you and hear it in person! I will be at the Court of Sin
in NOLA this upcoming June 2020 and I hope to see you there so we can hang out!