Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a copywriter who lives with her husband in Massachusetts. I spend most of my time hanging out with him, watching our favorite shows (horror and sci-fi, mostly), hiking, going to the beach and wrangling our gang of nieces and nephews.
I’ve written two books and am in the middle of writing two more. I’ve also written a horror novella titled Rot, which is available free. Subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll send you a copy or just search online. It’s not hard to find and it’s all yours.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book, due out on August 18, 2015, is called August’s Gardens. It was not inspired by anything in particular. However, I will say that I was interested in exploring one of the characters from my first book Morrigan’s Shadows more deeply. He is not the central character in the upcoming book, but he is one of them and he is my favorite. It’s hard not to love the best characters you create.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I don’t think so. I don’t really know what other writers do. Sorry.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
This is such a common question and I’m surprised when I am able to come up with a single answer. Truthfully, everything you read inspires you in some way. You can be inspired to avoid romance like the plague, inspired to write stronger characters, inspired to use Oxford commas, etc. . You absorb everything you read for better or worse.
What are you working on now?
I am working on a collection of short stories that my therapist decided I should write to deal with some crappy thought patterns. Yes, I’m serious. I’m also working on finishing a book I started writing when I was in my 20s, still liked to drink and lived 3,000 miles away from home. It might be a bit crazy. I know it’s going to need some heavy editing.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I really, truly suck at promoting my books. I’m great at writing promotional stuff for other people. In fact, it is what I get paid to do on a daily basis. I just don’t know what to do when it comes to promoting my books short of talking to people about it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I probably have a book full of advice, but people far more qualified than I write those. You should buy those. That’s my advice. Buy style guides, Stephen Kings On Writing and even classic writing books (I buy them at yard sales all the time).
When you ignore a writing rule, which you should do often, it should be an educated move. In other words, you should know the rules you’re flouting and the ones you want to use. If you F-up. Make sure you did it on purpose.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Read a lot of books. It’s really the only thing, at least when it comes to writing. When it comes to life, “remember that everyone is always doing the best they can at any moment.” I struggle with compassion and try to remember this as often as possible. I think I read it in On Writing Horror from the HWA.
What are you reading now?
The Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon. I think there’s a “the” in the title. Anyway, it’s out of my reach. The title isn’t important. The book is awesome.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Well, more books. I might try a camping retreat where I just write and hang out with my husband while he takes the time to design a game he’s working on. He’s an ethical hacker and needs to take some time out to write too. He just writes code instead of things humans can read. That sounds like an awesome idea, but I’m not sure when I’ll find the time. I’ll let you know.