1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
I’m from Criner, which is a rural Oklahoma community that’s so small it can’t really be considered a town. Except for a church and a few houses, there’s nothing but rolling hills. I’m eighteen, and live with various family members and quite a few cats and dogs.
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I like clogging (which, for those of you who don’t know, is a type of dancing), reading, and catching up on reruns of my favorite TV shows. Also, I like going on walks with my dog.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I usually get ideas for my books several scenes in advance, so I either write the ideas down so I’ll have them when I need them, or ponder them for several days, mentally tweaking details and adding information.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Usually, my ideas can come from just about anywhere. I’ll see something, and an idea will suddenly fill my head. Even just the sight of a single word can sometimes give me inspiration.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
That’s a tough one. I think my absolute favorite might be Lost Souls, which is still in the editing stages right now. It’s book four in my series The Inhuman Chronicles, and I really like the plot twists, and how the various characters have developed.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Well, it seems that I’m an introvert, but my fingers aren’t. Sometimes I have trouble speaking in large crowds of people, but my typing fingers? Well, you wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve written with them.
7. Are any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Most of the books I’ve written come directly from my imagination. Very rarely do I rely on events from my life for anything in my books.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
I don’t really have a muse. The closest I’ve got to one must be my Chihuahua, Blair. She’s always with me when I’m writing.
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
Right now I write mostly paranormal and fantasy, but I’d love to venture into dystopian, or maybe historical fiction.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
I have so many favorite authors! It’s impossible to name all of them, so I’ll just tell you a few of them: Richelle Mead, Meg Cabot, Courtney Summers, Susan Kaye Quinn, and Cassandra Clare.
11. Who are your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
My favorite female character from Paranormal Legacy is Haily Long, the main character, because of her spunk and sarcasm. And my favorite male character is definitely Jake West. I like him because of his layered personality and his sarcastic comments. (Hmm, I’m noticing a pattern with the sarcasm here.)
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
Because it takes up so much time, editing is pretty difficult. And since I’m self-published, I have to do a lot of marketing work, and that can be tricky too.
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Trust your dreams. If you want to write, write. Don’t let other people tell you that you can’t.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
At this time of day, I’d probably be reading.
15. What do you like on a man…..briefs, boxer briefs or boxer shorts or nothing at all?
Boxer shorts, definitely.
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
Paranormal Legacy was released on March 6, 2013, and is the first in a YA paranormal fantasy series. Here’s the official blurb:
After moving to a rural Pennsylvania town, cynical teen Haily Long soon discovers that the next-door neighbors are paranormal creatures of darkness. Despite this little quirk, the Knight family seems friendly enough, especially handsome Nathan. Nathan is well-mannered and polite, your typical boy next door . . . except for the fact that he turns into something else once a month. In a matter of days, Haily is drawn deep into a shadowed world of danger and deceit, and learns startling truths about her own past. When sinister strangers come sniffing around town for Nathan, and Haily gets pulled into the resulting chaos, she must discover how to unlock her true heritage if she wants to survive.
My next book, Untold Promise, which is book two in the series, is tentatively scheduled for a release date in July of this year.