Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I'm a young author who began my writing career at only nineteen years old. I am now twenty one years old and have had three books published. I live in a small town and am attending college, majoring in art education. In my free time, I enjoy singing, dancing, painting, modeling Japanese fashion at local anime conventions, and studying foreign languages. I am currently studying Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and French.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
The name of my latest book is The Skeleton Lady. I got the inspiration for this story when I was only fourteen years old. My dad passed away when I was thirteen and afterwords, I suffered with depression for my late middle school and early high school years. The Skeleton Lady was inspired by the pain I felt during those years, as it was easier for me to write a story rather than express my emotions to my loved ones.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Yes, I always write down my stories on paper before typing them up. I know it's a little outdated to use paper, but I always feel more comfortable writing things out first.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
Neil Gaiman and Stephenie Meyer have had major influences on my writing. I really enjoy stories that have darker themes and paranormal romances, and these authors have influenced my writing style at an early age.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on a Christmas book, though the name of the story is not final yet. The story will follow Audrey, a local dance teacher, who continues to receive mysterious presents on the days leading up to Christmas. It's up to Audrey to solve the mystery of her secret admirer.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I don't have a certain method yet, but I try to submit my books for review requests on different blogs as much as possible.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I would say don't give up even if you first book isn't popular right away. Write what you want to write and not what you think people will like.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I've heard is listen to your heart. I've found that listening to my heart and how I'm feeling rather than looking at things logically has helped me become a more carefree and less stressed person.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. I read this book before in middle school, so it has a lot of sentimental value to me, and I really enjoy the dark themes of the book and the interesting story line.
What’s next for you as a writer?
The publishing company I work for is mainly a romance company, so I will continue to work on romance stories. I would also like to explore writing and illustrating manga (Japanese-style comics) and bilingual children's books.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is the first book in the Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer. These books came out while I was suffering from depression and the stories actually helped me cope with what I was going through.
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