1. Paperback, hardback, audiobook?
Hardback for sure, though they are expensive!!! I’m old school, and love physical books!
2. Pick a genre, any genre!
Fantasy, all day long, and into the dark of night!
3. What is the first book you remember reading?
4. What book shaped your childhood most?
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The first real fantasy book I read, and years later when I fell in love with the genre, I found myself rereading it. It was the first time I was immersed completely in another world, and I wanted to experience it again as an adult, loving everything fantasy.
5. When did you first start writing?
As a child. I would write stories to entertain my family. They started to tell me, “You’re good, you should do something with that talent.”
6. What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?
The old adage as a creative, having something bursting inside of you, waiting to get out and be shared with the world works well here.
7. What book/poem are you most proud of creating?
I have many books planned, and only one published so far. But the current one I am working on, book three of The Drowned Kingdom Saga, entitled Lord and King, I think, is my best book yet.
8. Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?
Yes, I published my first book, A Drowned Kingdom. It’s out in the wild, as they say, for all to read.
9. How many books/collections have you published so far?
Just one book so far! Book Two, The Last of the Atalanteans, will be published in Spring 2022.
10. What genres do you write in (or hope to)?
I think I will likely just stick to fantasy. Sometimes I dabble with the idea of writing sci fi, historical fiction, or romance.
11. Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?
There is some research involved, but it’s minimal. That’s the beauty of fantasy – it’s all made up, and for the most part, yes, all in my head!
12. To plan, or not to plan your plot?
I am definitely a plotter. All is laid out, in advance, in great detail, for my future books. There is SOME wiggle room, but for the most part, the plots are already in stone for 20 books.
13. What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?
I elected to self-publish. I will likely try the traditional publishing route, or some hybrid form of publishing in the future too, but that is one thing that is very much up in the air. The industry is evolving rapidly, and self-publishing may be the route I stick with. We’ll see.
14. If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.).
I would have to say Westeros by George R.R. Martin, despite the Others, and the threat of annihilation by ice zombies. It’s an amazing universe Martin crafted, full of unexplored places, wonder, magic, and excitement.
15. Do you currently have a WIP?
The Last of The Atalanteans, the follow-up to A Drowned Kingdom, is in editing stage. I am also writing Book Three, Lord and King.
16. Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.
There is a character who is a queen, who does not appear until Book Three, Lord and King, who is my fav. She is a composite of the amazing strong women in my life, including my grandmother, mother, and daughters.
17. What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?
That is still to be completed and published. That will be, I think, Book Seven the final instalment of The Drowned Kingdom Saga.
18. Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!
Romance that I, and apparently my readers, seem to never be able to get enough of, is the potential relationship between my main character, Othrun, and the mage Lysi. Their chemistry and the romantic tension just keeps building!
19. Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.
I listen to movie and TV soundtracks when I’m writing, to suit the mood of the specific scene I am crafting. For fantasy, I recommend all the seasons of “Game of Thrones”. They really get me in the right frame of mind!
20. Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!).
No art yet, but that’s coming in the near future.
21. If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
Don’t give up! Keep writing, in spite of obstacles, criticism, imposter’s syndrome, and everything else that you struggle with. It’s worth it!
22. Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!
I entered the Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, run by the famous British fantasy writer Mark Lawrence. I got eliminated in the opening round, but it was a great time! Such a fantastic way to shine a light on self-published authors! I made a lot of new author friends, discovered a lot of great new books, and benefited from increased awareness about my book and some additional sales! I recommend any self-published fantasy author give it a whirl! It’s a phenomenal experience!
23. Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?
SO many, but to name a few (forgive me for a few more than 5-10): Bjorn Larssen, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tim Hardie, C.S. Lewis, Jacob Sannox, N.K. Jemisin, Eve Koguce, Bernard Cornwell, Krystle Matar, John Gywnne, Angela Boord, R.P. Lauer, Joe Abercrombie, Holly Tinsley, P.J. Djeli Clark, T.L. Coughlin, Janny Wurts, Sean R. Bell, Evan Winter, Lucien Telford.
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