Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Romania (yep, Dracula's country!) in 1992. As a curious kid, I devoured every book I could on Greek, Roman, Ancient Egyptian mythology. I studied university in political science and languages. I speak five of them: french, english, romanian, italian, Spanish… It was my fascination with the mythologies and languages that led to a VERY overactive imagination from a young age.
As I moved to Canada and headed into school here, life challenges and experiences meant I needed to express myself, and writing became the way. I currently have four books out, two series.
The Avalon Chronicles is a retelling of the Arthurian legend, though mine focuses on the obscure character of the Lady of the Lake and her struggles both in the past and present.
The Sage's Legacy, book 1 was the first novel I wrote at a young age. I then wrote the second, and pretty much watched them collect dust until I got back into writing in university. It follows the saga of Freya and Brennan, two teenagers with mythical powers and clashing personalities that have to save the world from ghosts.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The Dragon Manuscript, book 2 of the Sage's Legacy, is the continuation of Freya's story (and struggle). This entire series was slightly inspired by events from my youth. Freya's character is very similar to my own, but she acts tougher in certain situations. My dogs are a constant inspiration for animal companions in the books I write, and Freya's familiar is just one of the results 🙂
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I write at night. I've tried writing in daytime and I can't focus, but at nighttime, everything comes flowing. I can spend allnighters on my books without feeling the fatigue from it!
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Growing up, I read Alexandre Dumas and Christian Jacq in my formative years of 8-12yrs old. Then I moved on to JK Rowling, P.C. Cast's "Goddess" series, other YA novels, and eventually to adult thrillers like James Patterson and James Rollins. I have to say the mythology books read when I was young were a great influence on me.
What are you working on now?
The final installments in my two series; Avalon Nightmares and The Relics of the Underworld. This will wrap up The Avalon Chronicles and The Sage's Legacy series, leaving me to move on to other untested landscapes!
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I can't say that I have one… Still on the learning curve 🙂
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be ready to put in extra hours for marketing! Have a plan. And stay optimistic ! But most of all…save your money. Don't jump steps and go buying fancy equipment, extra ads, etc. To write, all you need is paper and a pen – or a computer if you're new-school. Find a quiet spot, block out the rest of the world, and get lost in your own 🙂 Oh and most of all…Your friends are not your clients. You need to think big!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
A kick in the butt is a step forward – it sounds a lot better in Romanian 🙂
What are you reading now?
James Rollins – Alter of Eden, a mix of suspense, history, thriller… His books give me chills!
What’s next for you as a writer?
After finishing the two series I currently have, I have a few standalone novels to follow:
A regular romance coming up for December 2017, of a heiress who struggles to stay out of the spotlight, the man she fell for, and the Mafia that hunts them both.
A new adult paranormal novel whose main character is also a strong heroine, but with her own set of problems, leading her to be a bit of an anti-hero type. This one is dear to my heart because it will be set in Romania, with elements of Romanian folklore and myths within.
A new series on werewolves, a novella for Alistair's character from The Avalon Chronicles andddd… Well, the ideas are plenty 🙂
What is your favorite book of all time?
Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer
It mixes history, romance and drama in a wonderfully packed combination, and to this day has marked me when I read it.