Can you tell me something about you that no one knows?
I make faces in the mirror while I’m washing my hands in the bathroom. I don’t mean like kissy-checking-myself-out faces. I literally try to make the ugliest faces I can. I like to think it’s practice for ugly face contests with my sisters and nieces, but it’s mostly for my own entertainment.
What are you reading now?
I just finished reading Promise Me This by Sarah Ashley Jones and loved it!
Some favourite books and authors
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Anything by Gayle Forman, Cassandra Clare, Tammara Webber, Tarryn Fisher or Colleen Hoover
What is your writing space and routine like?
I wish I had a cool writing space to talk about, but really its just the chaise on my couch! I work full time so I write at night and on the weekends, so basically I never sleep. When it comes to my routine…I write whatever scenes come to me. Some authors can write beginning to end, but if I did that, Kaleidoscope would still only have like ten chapters. I get stuck if I don’t write what I’m inspired by at the time. If we’re getting into the real nitty gritty…I write the dialogue first, then go back and fill it in. Conversations always come to me first. I don’t know why. I constantly hear voices. I’m probably crazy.
How do you spend your time when not writing?
Aside from working, I read. Read, read, read. Sometime I eat. Sometimes I sleep. Sometimes I chat with my husband. I might clean up my house a little bit. Who am I kidding? Mostly I just read.
What is the correct way to eat M&M’s?
Haha…color coordinated. You have to have one of each color in your hand. Then you eat the brown, yellow, red, orange, blue, and save the green for last. Green is the best one;)
Is there a genre you’ve yet to write but would like to try?
I’ve dipped my toes into YA fantasy, YA contemporary, NA contemporary. I can’t write a novel without a love story. There isn’t a specific genre that I think, “Yes I have to write one of those!” I just write what comes to me and what inspires me. I’ve had a YA dystopian idea floating around in my head, but it would be years down the road if it ever does come to fruition. I can tell you I’ll probably never write a horror or mystery. Wait. Maybe I should never say never…
Please tell me about the Faylinn series
Well, Calliope sort of appeared in my head one day. I had just finished reading a fae series that I DID NOT enjoy(one that will not be named) and it only seemed right to write about faeries the way that I imagine them. So…Calliope has a feeling something is different about her. She’s drawn to the forest, but she keeps that to herself. Everyone will think she’s crazy. One day she decides to give in and runs into a couple shirtless guys in the forest behind her house. They tell her she’s part faery. Obviously she’s a little thrown by this. She’s got a bunch of bare-chested lunatics(attractive lunatics, at that) living in her backyard, but she’s too curious about them to let it go…and the story unfolds from there 😉
What do readers have to look forward to next?
This year look for Ember, Book #2 in the Faylinn series. It will be out in August! I also have a NA contemporary romance, Me After You, coming out in December!