Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I started writing stories when I was about seven years old and published my first novel at the age of fourteen, so writing has always been a huge part of my life. I’ve experimented with self-publishing as well as traditional publishing and so far I have five published novels.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book is called “Puppet” and it’s a science fiction retelling of Pinocchio. I’ve recently fallen in love with the idea of retellings, so my new obsession is retelling classic fairytales and gender bending them. For example, my main character in Puppet is a girl version of Pinocchio.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Sometimes I’ll act out the scenes I’m writing to get emotions and facial expressions right. 😉
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I’m a big fan of Veronica Roth and Tahereh Mafi. Their success in YA publishing is incredibly inspirational and their books are obviously amazing.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on more fairytale retellings with my gender bending twists added to them. I have a Peter Pan retelling coming out in a month that’s told from the point of view of a female Captain Hook, and I have a Beauty and the Beast retelling in the works as well.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m a huge fan of Twitter. I’ve found that it’s a great way to get connected with readers and authors alike and it’s so fun to not only promote your books with Twitter, but to have conversations with people. Twitter is by far my favorite social media platform.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I’m going to skip the old advice you hear all the time and try to come up with something original (or at least something I wish someone had told me). Develop a thick, thick skin. You’re going to get rejections and bad reviews and if you let it get to you it’ll destroy your confidence and completely break you down.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice regarding writing and publishing would have to be to never give up. Persistence is key if you want to succeed in anything. Publishing isn’t easy, so just keep going and don’t give up.
What are you reading now?
A Game of Thrones
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m actually at a point right now where I’m looking for something new and exciting, whether that’s a new genre, target audience, or style of writing, I’m not sure yet. I just know I’m at a point in my life where I’m ready for something new.
What is your favorite book of all time?
This is always such a hard question because being a book lover, I love so many books. There’s always been a special place in my heart for the Maximum Ride series by James Patterson. That’s what really got me loving books as a kid and inspired me to write.