Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I'm a thirty-something that still behaves like a twenty-something and haven't quite decided what I want to do when I grow up. I am an ENFP and live life to the fullest. I love to be creative and have many artistic hobbies. I sketch and paint (though not very well), I blow glass, and I love photography. I'm a wife and mother, and we have two adorable dogs. I have a degree in psychology, love to write, and am currently attempting to learn the piano!
My books are reverse harem romances that are relatively quick reads. I'm attracted to paranormal subjects so my books have mystical themes. I've included some pretty graphic content and steamy sex scenes, so my writing isn't intended for the faint of heart!
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think it's hard to define what is normal for writers, but I find myself doing my best work while I'm doing something else. Cooking dinner? Write a chapter. Taking a shower? Write a chapter. Watching my son play a sport, well you get the picture. I usually jot down quick notes as soon as I can so I remember what it was I wanted to say.
What authors have influenced you?
This is such a difficult question because I have read so many books in a myriad of genres. I'm sure that every book I've read has probably influenced me in some way even if I didn't recognize it at the time. I believe that my writing style is my own and grows as I do, but I'm being influenced by other authors on social media. The writing community seems really supportive of one another and some of the bigger names have great advice for indies.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Trust yourself and work hard. I think that every author seeks a certain level of perfection, especially on their first book. The problem is, no matter how many times you revise, you are still going to want to make changes because nothing is ever perfect. You have to believe that you did your best and put it out there for the world. Don't get discouraged if you don't hit the best sellers list right away, just keep producing content you can be proud of.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
"You can be anything you want to be." – Mom. My whole life my mother has told me I can do and be whatever I want, and I have done many things. I was a card dealer at a casino, worked as an electrician, learned to blow glass, completed my degree with double concentrations, and now I'm an author!
What are you reading now?
My KindleUnlimited bookshelf is full of other reverse harems because I just can't get enough! I'm currently reading a creative series, The Witch's Rebels. I'm almost done with the third book, Demon Sworn by Sarah Piper.
What’s your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is probably my spontaneity. I have certainly done some pretty spontaneous things in my life, and they haven't always turned out the best! I get an idea and I go for it, which can sometimes be a good thing but usually just gets me in trouble. I also have a bit of temper and act emotionally rather than rationally at times. Luckily, my husband is very levelheaded and always takes the rational approach so we balance each other out.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Even though it's way outside of my favorite genre, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is probably my favorite of all time. It was such a captivating read and made a huge impression on me.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
The biggest inspiration in my life would have to be my family. My husband is really supportive and always tells me to follow my dreams, so when I told him I wanted to write he was very encouraging. I wanted to show my son that if he worked hard, he could accomplish his anything. I also wanted to do this for myself, and I was determined to write something that I would enjoy.
I think that reading a good number of books throughout my life inspired my style. I know that I enjoy dialogue and feel that it gives depth to the characters because of books I've read in the past, so I've included a lot of conversation in my own work. I like details but not too many, so I've tried to find that balance in my own books.
What are you working on now?
I'm currently working on book three of The Lost Lunason Series, which I'm really excited about. The end of "Chasing Cas" had me jumping up and down shoving the book into my hubby's face. It was so thrilling that I couldn't wait to share it, and I'm already feeling that way about "Claiming Cassia."
What is your method for promoting your work?
Currently I'm utilizing Amazon and Twitter as my main sources of book promotion, but I've recently listed my work on some great sites (like My Book place) that offer free resources for authors. I think it's important to do due-diligence, so I've been selecting different weeks for promotion and tracking sales during that time. Once I have a good grasp on which promoters produce the best results, I'll look into paid promotions services with those sites.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I haven't started the final book of The Lost Lunason Series, so that's the first thing on my list. After that, I have so many ideas for a new reverse harem series that I can't wait to begin. I've also contemplated doing a standalone for the holidays so be on the lookout for that!
How well do you work under pressure?
Personally, I think that I work better under pressure. When I know a deadline is approaching I really buckle down and put all of my effort into whatever it is I'm doing. I'm really busy in my daily life, so I feel like I'm usually under a lot of pressure, but I also find time to pursue hobbies. I think that doing something I enjoy helps to recharge my batteries when I am under pressure.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I think the most important thing when deciding on tone is to know your audience and your characters. My target audience is women who want an action-packed love story, so my tone changes throughout my books. When I'm writing a chapter from the villain's perspective or one about a battle, my tone is way different than when I'm writing a love scene.
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