Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I've been writing since I was a little girl, and got my bachelor's degree in English. I have now published 29 novels and more than 70 fanfictions. I enjoy writing in all genres, and am currently writing a series of fairy tale retellings that people are really enjoying!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I love having animals around me–specifically, 2 birds and at least one cat, haha. I also enjoy making music playlists to set the mood whilst I am writing.
What authors have influenced you?
Definitely Tolkien, Dickens, the Brontes, Austen, C.S. Lewis, and whoever wrote Beowulf!
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing, let people who love you and encourage you read your stories, and explore many avenues for publishing.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"Be still, and know that I am God."
What are you reading now?
Just finished an Agatha Christie called "Death on the Nile," and loved it! Now I'm hunting down Maurice Leblanc's series about the gentleman thief.
What’s your biggest weakness?
I'm working on overcoming my introverted-ness, trying to be more outgoing and less uneasy in new situations, so I don't miss out on something great.
What is your favorite book of all time?
"A Christmas Carol," by Charles Dickens. The descriptions are luscious, the characters vivid, and the length perfect.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I would say that movies have influenced my writing style. I always desire to transport readers into the story in a very sensory and realistic way, like a movie. Especially when it comes to action scenes.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a book called "Curse-Maker: The Tale of Gwiddon Crow," which is part of my fairy tale retelling series. It's about a witch, a curse-maker, who gets caught in her own spell, and is trying to work her way out of it before it kills her. I'm also heavily outlining the sequel to "The Last Scene," which is going to be SO FUN.
What is your method for promoting your work?
All kinds of things! Website, email lists, word of mouth, Patreon, Kindle countdown deals and free book promotions, having the library stock my books.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I have a long fairy tale series planned–should keep me busy for at least 3 years!
How well do you work under pressure?
Extremely well. I write a chapter a week, at least, because I must post one a week on my Patreon page, for my lovely and wonderful patrons!
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
It has to suit the story, the characters. For "Web of Tenebrae," the main character, a super-human named KL-62, had grown up in a laboratory environment, devoid of real human interaction. So you can imagine the tone of that one: very sterile, direct, logical–but something powerful simmering beneath. With "The Last Scene," my main character Anne experiences premonitions that she NEVER tells anyone about, so by necessity, it needed to be a 1st person POV. She's also a "girl next door," and very kind and happy and optimistic, so her personal voice reflects that. It really helps to outline in detail before beginning!
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