What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
Well, I’ve been to a lot of lighthouse and have an idea for a book where the character is a lighthouse keeper, so maybe someday that “research” will pay off.
What is the first book that made you cry?
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
Both. Each book (except my series) can stand alone, but there is an underlying theme to them all. They all tend to have “tender-hearts” as the main characters.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
It gave me motivation to write more.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
What did you edit out of your books? (keep it family-friendly, please)
I avoided mentioning modern technology (like cell phones) to keep the stories timeless.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
What is the most difficult part of your writing process?
Coming up with the idea.
What is the easiest part of your writing process?
The actual writing, once I am in the flow.
A common misconception entwined with authors is that they are socially inept, how true is that?
I think it depends on the person.
When did it dawn on you that you wanted to be an author?
When I was in 4th grade, I won second place in a writing contest. I knew then that that was what I wanted to do with my life.
Who are your biggest literary influences?
Katherine Paterson, L.M. Montgomery, Richard Bach.
What’s your favorite movie which was based on a book? Why?
The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The visuals are incredible.
How did it feel when your first book got published? How did you celebrate?
Like I’d stepped into a new world.
What is that one thing you think readers generally don’t know about authors?
Writers love (and need) reviews!
When it comes to research for your books, are you a hunter or a gatherer? Talk about your research process.
I guess I am a bit of both. It depends on the situation.
Could you be housemates with your characters? Why or why not?
I think so. They tend to be a lot like me.
What’s your typical writing routine or schedule?
When I am working on a book, I get up at 5 am to write before the rest of the world is awake.
Writing can be an emotionally draining and stressful pursuit. How do you recharge?
Walks in nature.
Do you prefer music or silence when you write? Do you have a writing playlist? What’s on it?
Silence, so I can hear my “muse”.
Which celebrity would you choose to narrate your audiobook?
Honestly, I would like to narrate my own audiobooks.
What is your favorite of the six senses (touch, taste, smell, sound, sight, intuition) to write about, why?
Intuition. I like writing about the “something more” of life.
What is a favorite location you’ve written about? Have you visited that place? How did you choose which details to include?
The fantasy world of Mystekos. I’m not saying if I’ve been there or not. ;)
Travel back in time (without negative effects for you or the timeline) what year do you visit? Why?
Oh, I’d go all over the place, soaking up ideas for new books!
What is something about your hero or villain that drove their character, but you didn’t specifically tell your reader?
The villain, Beldama, seemed to act out of anger, but beneath that, she was really feel lonely and abandoned.
Have you ever resuscitated a project you'd shelved? What helped it work better the second time around?
Yes, recently I finished a short story that I started in collage. I was able to finally finish it.
Any advice you would like to give to aspiring authors?
Believe in your dream and just keep working at it no matter what.
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