I live in Northern California with my dog Mocha. When I am not writing my last novel, I am spending time with friends and family, reading, going to the movies, and working on my acting career. I love the Victorian and Medieval Eras and overcast skies. My favorite times of the year are winter and summer. My favorite director is Tim Burton and I love the latest Phantom of the Opera film.
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired by other authors, books, movies, and music. Sometimes I draw inspiration from my own personal experiences and even the experiences of others. Inspiration comes from all kinds of places. Most of the time when I am reading or watching a movie, a question will pop into my head and then usually it goes from there.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process tends to change depending on the story I am writing. Mostly I am a seat of the pants writer. I don’t outline. I am not good at outlining, though I do semi-make outlines for each chapter to create a base of what I want to be in each chapter. I am not a drawing artist, so I don’t do character sketches. Usually I try to write down a description of each character so I can reference back later on in the story when I forget what eye color and hair color I gave to a character. I tend to do the same thing with a character’s last name so I always write down their name with a description. I actually learned from another author to always have character information and story rules to reference back to so, if you write a sequel you have all the information at the ready. I do write my chapters in sequential order, but I am learning to write my chapters out of order. I do some writing with a pen and paper, but I spend a majority of my time writing on a computer.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I am one of those writers, who tends to become the character while I am writing about them. I really tap into their personality and emotions. I interact with my characters, by listening to them and letting them tell me their story.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice is, keep reading and keep writing. The best thing a writer can do is have a journal, blog, or both. A blog and connecting with other writers and readers are valuable. If you are a reader and want to become a writer, I recommend connecting with other writers through a fan page to a book you love reading and find places with writers and readers.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn’t want to self-publish. I wanted to be traditionally published and still do, but I chose to self-publish after several failed attempts to get an agent with two other books I had. That was over four years ago. I didn’t have much knowledge about the writing industry then and had sent in the first draft of a book and of course they are going to dismiss it, unless you happen to be such a great writer than you have a phenomenal story and only need one draft, that isn’t the norm. I did it again with another book. With my current book I had entered it in a contest and wrote it in two weeks. My book didn’t make it past the first round, so I decided a year later to go through it and polish it up. I went through two or three drafts until I felt it was good enough to publish. I needed an extra income source. I would advise new authors to explore the avenue that is best for them. I think it is best to try to get an agent and become traditionally published, but if you have trouble trying again and again for more than a year, than I would say self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I the future of book publishing is changing. While there will always be traditional publishing and the big publishers will most likely continue to prefer those with a literary agent. The perception of self-publishing is being changed as more people are able to self publish their books. I do think it is improving.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Short Stories, Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Contemporary, Historical Fiction, Gothic/Paranormal/Dark Romance, Adult Fiction, Adventure, Inspirational, Science Fiction, General Fiction, Non-fiction
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print