Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I am an avid fan of all types of literature and media, and I recently published my first solo novel. I previously published "The Trouble With Thieves" with my spouse and sometimes-writing partner Maurice Alvarez.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
"The Healer's Girl" was inspired by my love for the fantasy and science fiction genres in general, as well as my desire to create a strong female protagonist who is in charge of her own destiny, despite the expectations of those around her.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to speak to my characters directly and let their voices come to me at all hours, so my desk is littered with scraps of paper with ideas and dialog, waiting to be transcribed.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I grew up reading Asimov, Bradbury and Tolkien, but I've also read my share of historical romances, biographies and science journals.
What are you working on now?
I am currently writing the companion book-end stories to "The Healer's Girl" since the account is first-person and therefore limited in scope and context. There was a great deal that comes before, and after.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I am currently new to the publishing business, so I am still finding what works best for me, but I enjoy reaching out directly to friends and readers to learn what they enjoyed about the story, and what more they would like to see.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Don't be discouraged, and make the effort to read, and re-read your work. Only you can tell your story the way you intend it!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
You are your own best advocate.
What are you reading now?
"Hamilton" by Ron Chernow
What’s next for you as a writer?
Finishing the next book, while I still have my momentum and inspiration!
What is your favorite book of all time?
I have my books from childhood, but I also have books that I adore that I've read to my children at bedtime. "The Velveteen Rabbit" and "The Giving Tree" are both simple stories that still make me cry when I read them, every time.
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