Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a young Canadian author with four published books. My love for writing began as a child and only escalated over the years, becoming an obsession I couldn’t shake. It was a hobby back then, but now I’m writing books for Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble.
I love reading (as you probably assumed) and I also love to blog. Blogging is a great way to get all the random thoughts out of my head. I occasionally binge-watch TV shows when I’ve hit a writing block.
I’m always in want of new books and a bookshelf large enough to hold them all.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called “Sky Knight” and is a steampunk/scifi novel. I’m not sure what inspired it, really. Maybe some combination of my growing love for everything steampunk and an old WIP about a pirate conning a soldier.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I wouldn’t say they’re unusual, but I definitely have writing habits. I tend to read a lot of books in the genre I’m writing if I hit a wall, or I’ll go for a walk to clear my mind. Having chocolatey treats on hand to reward myself after I hit so many words is a great motivator.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
When I was twelve, I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Those books caused me to become obsessed with writing fantasy. I wrote three stories (more than 100k words) over the next few months. It was insane, but amazing. In that moment, I decided I’d one day become an author.
What are you working on now?
Right now I’m working on the sequel to Sky Knight and rewriting The Secret World of Dragons trilogy. I’m also slowly chipping away at a high fantasy series. No promises on when the high fantasy will be released, but the previous projects will hopefully be completed by the end of summer.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I find the best websites to promote myself on are Twitter and WordPress. I adore both and have met many interesting people on my journey as a writer. The peeps over on Twitter love helping each other, so everyone knows the name of your book within a week.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Tons, but I think the best advice is this: Don’t ever give up. Writing a book seems like an impossible feat at times, but eventually you’ll find your way at the finish line and you’ll be happy you didn’t quit halfway through. Finishing the first draft of a book is a great experience, and once you’re there, make sure you go through the necessary steps to make it the best book possible. Get an editor, a designer, and read up on self-promotion. You’ll make it. You just have to believe in yourself.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have many projects to keep me busy going into the future, though I’m doing my first book signing in August and am very excited about it. I’ll be dressing up as my main character in Sky Knight (Taliah Storme), so I’ll be in steampunk attire for two straight days. It should be fun!