Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I was born in Vernon, BC, Canada in 1970, but, was raised all over northern BC till 1985. I moved to Vancouver Island with my family. I grew to love reading and writing poems in my early teens. Most of my inspiration comes from nature, though sometimes, my daydreams get mixed in. I got married in 1998, then moved to Alberta, Canada in the winter of 1999 with my two children to join my husband who had gone ahead to seek work. I was divorced in 2006 and raised two teens by myself. I met my second husband in 2009 and in 2010 we were married. My new husband inspired me to write my first book 'Rune Bound' in 2013. The hunger I had once felt when I wrote came back in a flood. I wasn't even finished that book when I had another started and another forming soon after. By the summer of 2014, I had three books completed and the 'Blood of Teirnan' series was born! In the fall of 2014, I started working on 'Assimilator' the first book in the 'Tales of the Un-naturals'. I finished it in the winter of 2015 and sent it to Dream Big Publishing. They liked it, so I sent them the 'Blood of Teirnan' series, and they took that one as well. At the beginning of August of 2016, I started an Adult Teen series, after one of my young friends asked me to right something she could read, and started a new 'Tales of the Un-naturals' series 'Tears of the Dragon'. I finished two of the three books in this series and handed them over to Dream Big Publishing. 'Love & Sorrow' and 'Reflection's of the Heart'. I am half way through writing the third book in this set. I have the fourth book to 'Blood of Teirnan' partially complete as well, and have also started on the squeal to 'Assimilator'.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My latest book would be the 'Tears of the Dragon' series. It started out as one book, but soon became too long, so split it into three books that continue on from where the previous one left off. I was inspired to write it after one of my young friends mentioned she wasn't old enough to read my other books. I took all that was going on in the world with young teens and the story took off. An accumulation of every emotion I could think of and fascinating ways of getting through them. A lot of dry humor to even things out. I tried to keep it realistic, though it is an Adult Teen Paranormal Romance/thriller.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
Most of my writing is done on computer, so the delete button is a little worn out. There are times, I sit in front of it for hours at a time without realizing it as the story takes off. (Thanks to my Husband and Dogs for reminding me to take breaks.) I like to write in total silence, so have nothing on, not even the T.V or radio. I find them too distracting.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I have several Authors I'm very fond of: Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, Richelle Mead, Dennis L. McKiernan, J.R.R. Tolkien, just to list a few.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on the third book to the 'Tears of the Dragon' series.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I would have to say the best website would be goodreads.com, for I can list free giveaways for my books. This gives book lovers a chance to notice my books and leave reviews of what they thought of my stories. There are so many Authors using it as a tool to promote not only their books but themselves as an Author.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Get on goodreads and start giveaways to get your books noticed! Also create an Authors page on amazon.com once your book is published. Most of all! Don't fear bad reviews!! For some strange reason, this generates even more notice.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
The best advice I received was from a friend, who told me to seek out a publisher and to get away from self-publishing. I personally have nothing against self-publishing sites. The only thing is, you're on your own, with very little advice as to what to do next. With a publisher, they tell you where to go to create Author pages and set up giveaways. They're an e-mail away if you need advice on how to do something, or if you have a problem.
What are you reading now?
I'm sorry, but right now, I'm too busy writing to read anything but my own work. Going over what I had written to make sure it sounds right and everything makes sense, then going through the previous books to keep the story-line tied into what had already been written. There's a lot of work to writing a series.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hard to say where I'm going next as a writer. I haven't thought that far ahead. I'll just keep writing and see where it takes me.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I would have to say 'Bambi' the actual novel. I find myself going over the story-line in my head at odd times, for it is that kind of book that grabs you emotionally as well as imaginatively. I had read it only once, but its stuck with me even today. I think this is what I want to create. A book that grabs a person once and never lets them go.