I grew up in a family where books of myth and legend were used to teach me the ABCs, and my great-uncles back in Ireland still believed in fairies. I was raised on tall tales and grew up to tell stories too – first as an actor and singer, then as a photographer, and now as a writer.
I live and write on two acres in rural Ontario, Canada with my beautiful children Summer, Holly, and little Stephen, and my biggest fan, my husband Steve.
What inspires you to write?
I’m fascinated by all the intersections in world mythology. Whenever I learn something interesting and new, I want to incorporate it into a story.
I also find that I descend deeper into a world while reading than I do with any other medium such as movies or TV. The same thing happens when I’m writing. All I’m doing is describing what I’m seeing happening in that world.
Tell us about your writing process.
I do outline, but very briefly. I simply use a Word document. Once I have a very general outline from start to finish, I tend to think through the scene I’m about to write while I’m driving or just daydreaming. If I don’t have time to write what I’ve imagined right away, I’ll jot key phrases or pieces of dialogue in a notebook if I’m in a car, or in a separate Word document at home.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My books and characters are very alive in my mind – almost like watching a movie. I set them on a task and watch what they do!
Who are your favorite authors?
Susan Cooper – The Dark Is Rising Trilogy, Tolkien – LOTR , Anne McCaffrey – Dragonriders of Pern, The Hunger Games, Maze Runner
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had an agent that I parted ways with to work with a rock star agent in the YA fantasy world. Eventually we parted ways as well. She liked me, she liked my writing, but she felt the subject matter of the book was older YA and more niche than she thought she could sell in traditional publishing. We parted on good terms with an invitation to approach her again in the future.
I considered shelving the book and moving on, but the truth was that I was proud of it. I knew it was well-written, and though it is a niche genre in YA Fantasy (Arthurian), I knew there was a market for it if I Indie published. And I was right!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
So exciting! There isn’t much that could convince me to go back to traditional publishing, though I would consider a hybrid career. But Indie publishing, due to the control and potential rewards it offers an author, is simply the best place for an author to be right now.
What genres do you write?
YA, fantasy, arthurian fantasy, paranormal, sci fi
What formats are your books in?
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