Tell us about yourself and your books.:
I'm a young author who began my writing career at only nineteen years old. I am now twenty two years old and have had four books published. I live in a small town and am attending college, majoring in art education. In my free time, I enjoy singing, dancing, painting, and studying foreign languages. My latest book, The Gifts of Christmas, is a cozy romance mystery, and is included in the Books To Go Now Christmas Mystery Anthology.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I always write everything down on paper before typing up. Even though it's a bit outdated, I still like using paper to write out my stories.
What authors have influenced you?
Stephenie Meyer, Ellen Schreiber, and Maggie Steifvater. I love their plotlines and the amount of detail used in their stories.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Yes, just follow your heart and write what you want, rather than what you think others want you to write. At the end of the day, you'll be a lot happier with your decisions.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Follow your heart instead of logic. Sometimes, making the logical decision won't make you as happy as following what's in your heart.
What are you reading now?
I'm reading Royal Blood, which is the 6th book in Ellen Schreiber's Vampire Kisses series.
What’s your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is listening to people saying I can't do something or harsh criticism, and then feeling badly about myself. I feel like your self-worth should come from within, and so I'm trying to not listen to the negative opinions of others as much, and just do what makes me happy.
What is your favorite book of all time?
My favorite book is Twilight by Stephanie Meyer because I really enjoyed the plotline and could relate to Bella.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I grew up reading Coraline and watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, so darker themes have had a huge influence on my writing style. Death has been a prominent influence in my writings as well, as I have dealt with the deaths of close relatives and friends, and I hope that my writing about it will help others. I've also been very inspired by YouTuber Jenna Marbles, who encourages her viewers to laugh as much as they can, and not take themselves so seriously.
What are you working on now?
I'm working on a YA book called Homeless. The story follows high school student, Chris Wells, as he makes friends and falls in love, while trying to survive and hide from his friends the fact that he's living in an abandoned car at the local junkyard.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I try to go to as many websites as possible and spread the news about my book, but I don't have a certain method for doing this.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I'm just going to write as much as possible, and hopefully I will become a successful author some day soon.
How well do you work under pressure?
I don't work very well under pressure, so I try to avoid this as much as possible.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
I just use whatever tone feels right to me in my heart, and I think that has a better effect on my books.
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