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- Paperback, hardback, audiobook?
I love all the formats. I have a few collectible hardbacks that I adore. I like audiobooks when I’m exercising or doing housework. I have lots of paperbacks and ebooks, too.
- Pick a genre, any genre!
Fantasy! Cozy, witchy mysteries, paranormal comedies, fantasy romance. So many good sub-genres.
- What is the first book you remember reading?
My mom read to me a lot when I was little. Owl at Home was a regular favorite.
- What book shaped your childhood most?
I was obsessed with The Phantom Tollbooth. Still am.
- When did you first start writing?
I started writing songs when I was around twelve or thirteen. In high school, I wrote so much poetry and some short stories.
- What made you want to write? Does it still hold true?
Storytelling and expression. With poetry, it’s such a raw, distilled experience. It feels so cathartic sometimes. With fiction, I’ve always been interested in creating worlds and have had ideas that I’ve wanted to share. I also have a background in filmmaking and theory, so I love writing with lots of visual emphasis. I’d say I still write for the same reasons.
- What book/poem are you most proud of creating?
I’m definitely proud of my debut book Magic in Autumn Springs. It’s very personal for me as it’s a tribute to family and the places I grew up.
- Did you publish your first book or is it for your eyes only?
I have a lot of older stories and beginnings of books, but MIAS was my first full-length published work.
- How many books/collections have you published so far?
I have one book as well as two Kindle Vella series I’ve published so far.
- What genres do you write in (or hope to)?
Currently, mostly fantasy, poetry, humor, and a little mystery, but I dabbled in satire, suspense, and drama with my Vella series Game the Show. I love the idea of writing historical fiction, too. And speculative fiction. And thrillers. I’d love to do it all!
- Do you do research for your writing or is it all in your head?
It depends on the project. For poetry, it’s usually from a subconscious space unless something in the world inspires me. With fiction, most of my stories are set in the real world with fantasy elements, so I research quite a bit. I was also in school for an eternity, so I’m used to researching.
- To plan, or not to plan your plot?
I plan most of it, but I’m also open to seeing where the story takes me.
- What route of publishing have you chosen? Do you plan to stick with it?
Right now, I’m all self-published. I’m not opposed to traditional publishing in the future, but I felt like self-publishing was the right choice for me at the moment.
- If you could live inside another author’s universe, which one would you pick? (Ex: Middle Earth, Narnia, etc.)
I would love to live inside the world of Howl’s Moving Castle, either the book or the film.
- Do you currently have a WIP?
Yes! I’m working on a few: a sequel to MIAS, a book of poetry, a collection of short stories about Autumn Springs, a new drama/contemporary fiction project that I’m considering writing as either a novella or a play (or maybe a hybrid of both). I have a hard time focusing on one thing at a time.
- Tell me about the character you’ve created who is dearest to your heart.
Marble! The queen of the night! She’s my MC’s familiar and best friend in MIAS. She’s a black cat with a brown sugary swirl on her back (hence the name). She’s a great teacher with a lot of wisdom and a little bit of sass. Spiritually, she’s a less selfish Salem Saberhagen. I want to write a spin-off series for her at some point as well.
- What do you consider your *current* magnum opus?
My drama/contemporary fiction/play thing I’m working on. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written, but at the same time it feels like it’s inspired by everything I’ve done. I’m really excited about it, but I think this will be a looooong project, so I’m probably hyping it too soon.
- Do you have a favourite romance in your books? Or, if yours features no romance, tell us about your favourite character friendship!
MIAS features a romance between MC Damian and his new boyfriend Bartley that is very close to my heart. It’s inspired by my relationship with my partner.
- Do you listen to music as you write? Recommend a favourite writing song.
Most of the time! Usually something instrumental or with few lyrics so I don’t get distracted. Joe Hisaishi is one of my go-tos. He composes Hayao Miyazaki’s films and has the right amount of energy and whimsy to inspire a lot of my writing. His song “A Road to Somewhere” is one of my favorites.
- Do you have any character art for your books, whether by you or another artist? (Be sure to credit/link if you can!)
I don’t yet! I have a few art styles in mind. For my Kindle Vella series Home for Halloween, a cozy paranormal comedy/mystery, I hope to commission artist Lex Hunter (@AlexisAHunter) in the future when I can. Their art style is so cute and spooky and I love it.
- If you could give one piece of advice to an aspiring author, what would it be?
If you’re going the self-publishing route, you have to be (or at least pretend to be) a bit of an extrovert. When I published and joined social media, I had to put myself and my book out there in a way that I hadn’t anticipated and wasn’t totally uncomfortable with at first. It was really hard and still is sometimes, but I’ve met some great new writing friends, become a part of groups and projects I wouldn’t have without reaching out to others, and even seen some benefits in my personal life. Get ready to learn a lot of marketing skills, too, if you haven’t already!
- Have you entered any writer contests? Tell us about your experience!
Not really. I entered several poems in contests as a teenager, but nothing in recent years.
- Who are your top 5-10 favourite writers?
Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Shakespeare, Kate Chopin, Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Agatha Christie.
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