Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I've been writing since I was young and have written a bunch of books. I've only published one so far, however. I wrote a four-book series about girls with magical powers as a teenager, but decided it wasn't good enough to publish. I then moved on to writing the Trackers series.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
A Tracker's Tale was inspired by the world of the television show Supernatural. Supernatural and most other shows, movies, and books usually tackle urban fantasy with the foundation of a world where monsters live in the shadows. I was curious what our world would really look like if these things existed and if everyone knew about them, and had always known.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I think what's unusual is that I sometimes wrote with a plain old pencil and paper when I was starting out, but very quickly I realized I felt I couldn't get my thoughts out fast enough. If I'd started in the days before computers, I'd probably have jumped at the chance to get a typewriter. As it was, I borrowed a clunky laptop from my dad to get started.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
I'm a huge fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. There are so many aspects of it that I love — the plot-lines revolving around family, the mythology of the monsters, the conspiracy of the Grey Council and those on the White Council with whom Harry has always had a fraught relationship. It's just an amazing world in that series.
I was also legitimately obsessed with Fearless by Francine Pascal when I was younger. You could not get me to shut up about that series! It is about a teen girl who doesn't feel fear. I just fell into it and was a rabid fan for years.
What are you working on now?
I've actually got most of the Trackers series written, but none of it has gone through my editor yet. We're hoping to get the second book ready for publishing by the end of the year. There is also a prequel I'm looking forward to releasing, which follows Katherine Colebrook's younger years.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I've been reaching out to bloggers since I first published A Tracker's Tale. It's been very helpful to be able to have that avenue to explore to advertise my book to people who might not otherwise have found it.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just…write, I think. All of the stories I've written over the years helped me to become a better writer. It's often like anything else, a matter of practice. And of course, read!
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Eric Kripke (apparently quoting Sam Raimi) once said, "Create characters you love and torture them'. I'm a big fan of that strategy in my writing! Creating conflict and tragedy for your characters is one of the best ways to develop them, because putting someone through something horrible can be the easiest way to show you who they really are.
What are you reading now?
I've actually been reading a ton of books by Amy Cross, a horror writer who (it feels like) must have 100 books on Kindle Unlimited. And I also like reading nonfiction, and just finished a book called Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, by Caitlin Doughty. I read all of Mary Roach's amazing books, and the human body is a really interesting topic to read about, especially what happens to it after it's no longer being used by its original owner!
What’s next for you as a writer?
Hopefully the rest of the Trackers series! After that, I'm not sure, but I've got a few years to work that out.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I'd have to go with the first book in the Fearless series. It'll always have a special place in my heart.
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