What genre do you write?
Ha! That's funny. Several. My biggest seller is my urban fantasy series. I also have a young adult science fiction romance, a humorous southern mystery series, and now a new adult romance. For me it's not about the genre. It's about the story and the connection the main character has to the people around him or her.
How long have you been writing and how many published works?
I've been writing since I was a kid. I started writing my first book in the fourth grade. I wrote after high school, but life got in the way and my characters seemed to wander around a lot in my stories. Then I started a blog in 2007 and learned the concept of a plot (who knew?!?!?), pacing, killing your darlings. I completed my first novel in 2009. I've written ten novels since. Nine are self-published and the tenth will be published by 47North late next fall.
Of the novels you've written, which is your favorite and why?
That's like asking me which of my children is my favorite! If I had to pick I'd say that at this point, I'm most emotionally invested in THE CURSE KEEPERS, my new urban fantasy that will be published by 47North.
Do you have a favorite character from your work?
At this moment, it's Ellie from THE CURSE KEEPERS. She's got the cynicism of Emma from CHOSEN and the quirky, light-heartedness of Rose from TWENTY-EIGHT AND A HALF WISHES. I love her and miss her. I can't wait to start writing her second book this summer.
Where do you get your story ideas?
Everywhere. The simplest ideas can blossom into big things. Movies, real life incidents (but rarely books) give me ideas. I also get a lot of ideas while I'm writing. I'll usually post on Facebook how evil I am after such revelations.
Is there anyone in particular who has influenced your writing career?
With the actual writing no. My reading is too eclectic and diverse. But with the business, yes. I've recently joined forces with nine other very business savvy authors. Watch out for the Indie Voice. We're going to take the world by storm!
What do you do when you're not writing?
Wait. Authors do things other than writing? *crickets* Okay, I do take time off. Like an hour here and there. I like to get addicted to TV shows. i watch entire seasons on Netflix in days. I try to make it my reward for meeting word goals. I hit 2K and I can watch an episode of the BBC Being Human. I also LOVE to travel. I like to read. And mostly, I love to hang out with my kids. They're a fun quirky bunch. We have a good time.
What's one thing about you that most people don't know?
That I have no sense of smell. I've never been able to smell. I have no idea why.
What's next on your writing journey?
As soon as I finish this interview (and deal with my whining dog) I plan to start my next new adult romance-- Caroline's story, Scarlett's best friend from AFTER MATH.
Where can we find your books?