Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Growing up, I always had a story to tell. I am the second of five (opinionated, stubborn, and typically loud) children, my family moved around so much that I’d lived in seven different states by the time I was nine years old, and I spent the second half of my childhood in a town with a population of less than 3,000 where Drive Your Tractor To School Day was a thing. (No, seriously. It was an official part of Spirit Week.) Honestly, it was almost too easy to come up with anecdotes.
I’ve lost count of how many people have told me I should write a book. I can finally say I have—I’ll be releasing my debut novel, XODUS, on September 19th, 2015!
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest (and currently only) book is called XODUS. Interestingly enough, my first inkling of what the story would be came to me when I was trying to plot out another book. As I was thinking, I was rubbing the back of my neck, where I have a tattoo of a symbol that combines the first initials of my four siblings with my own first initial. It hit me that it would be really fun to write a book about five siblings and a symbol they shared that had some kind of mystical power. The story has transformed nearly beyond recognition since then, but that is how it started.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Apparently, I write in weird positions. I like to curl up in a ball when I type, and sometimes I stretch out so I have one leg propped in an upside-down V and the other tucked beneath me. I’m sure my spine hates me for this.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
The influence may not be obvious to anyone who reads XODUS, but I have such a deep admiration for J.K. Rowling’s world-building in the Harry Potter series and her ability to plant seeds that become major plot points a couple books later. As someone who struggles with planning anything, I found it amazing that she had things mapped out so thoroughly. I have a few mentions in XODUS that will come up in the later books in the series, so that was my way of trying to live up to J.K.’s awesomeness.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on the sequel to XODUS. It will be called XODUS Genesis, and it will go into more of the history behind what happened in the first book and why. I am also working on a novella that will be told from Kai’s perspective during just before, during, and after the events that took place in XODUS.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still figuring that out!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Make time to read and write every day. Both are equally important. And get as much feedback as you can. Joining a writing group was one of the best decisions I could have made for my writing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Follow your bliss.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading a few different things now because I have a really bad habit of starting new books before I finish the one I’m reading. I just downloaded Throne of Glass by Sara J. Maas and Queen of Someday by Sherry Ficklin. I’m also reading Ethereal by Addison Moore and Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr.
What’s next for you as a writer?
International book tour? Hehe, I wish. I’m determined to finish the first draft of XODUS Genesis by March of 2016 and the novella by April.
What is your favorite book of all time?
That is an impossible question.