Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
Above all, I'm a reader and I can't think of many things I enjoy more than immersing myself in a good book. I started writing fiction about fifteen years ago and have since written eight novels. I like to read across several genres as well.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Oblivion: comeuppance is the conclusion to the first book Oblivion: between black and white… It was supposed to be one book only but the characters would not stop telling me their stories so I had to make it into two. Nick Cain, the male MC, was especially difficult to work with but I ultimately got through it.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I frequently write out of order and then stitch the paragraphs all together, making my life a whole lot more complicated than it should be.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
There are too many to list. One of my favorite books is The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, but I wouldn't aspire to write as beautifully as she does. My voice is a lot more casual and pedestrian, haha, but that's OK. I like all different sorts of literary voices, both high- and low-brow.
What are you working on now?
My next novel will be a trilogy, I think. It will be a very dark romance–maybe even too dark to be called a romance but we'll see.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I like to use a collection of small promotional sites that cater to dedicated readers. Mybookplace is a definite one I favor.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Be prepared to not only become an author but also a marketer, networker, newsletter writer, tech expert, etc. It's a new world for authors in the digital and indie age.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Buy stock in companies you like. I wish I listened to it. Haha.
Regarding writing? Write what you know, what you like. Think of the reader, yes, but be true to your own voice.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading Woman in the Window by AJ Finn. Great mystery novel.
What’s next for you as a writer?
As I mentioned, I'll probably be writing a trilogy. We'll see.
What is your favorite book of all time?
I don't have one. There are too many great ones out there. But apart from the one I already mentioned, some of my faves are any Agatha Christie, any Patricia Cornwell, The Alienist by Caleb Carr, Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, and maybe Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron.
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