I mainly write science fiction and fantasy. Often, these include romantic elements, and I’ve even been known to write the occasional romance. Though, the romances tend to be filled with lots of people who love science fiction and fantasy.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
My senior year of college. After 3.5 successful years as a psychology major, I decided I wanted to write stories. So, I got my B.A. and went to grad school for fiction writing to learn the ropes. Now, I do, indeed, write stories, and yes, that psychology degree does come in handy for analyzing my characters.
What do you consider the most influential book you've ever read?
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. The story sticks with me to this day. I just loved the sense of wonder and adventure and also loved the idea of taking readers on a journey of my own. A close second might be Book of Enchantment by Patricia C. Wrede. It’s a bunch of short stories, followed up by Wrede’s inspiration for each one. That inspiration really stoked a fire for me. It was the first time I thought “hey, I could do this, too.”
What other authors are you friends with, and how have they helped you
become a better writer?
I am forever indebted to the community of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction program. If not for them, I’m not sure where I’d be. The program kicked my butt into gear and really helped me find my writing feet, as it were. I also must thank my local writer’s support group, where I met my boyfriend. They, and especially he, have helped me grow as a writer in ways beyond the capabilities of an MFA. The combination has really helped me hone my craft.
What’s the best way you've found to market your books?
Hah, I have no idea. Lol. I know in today’s market author’s must also be business people. I won’t lie. I’m much better at authoring than advertising. But I’m working on it. That said, write an amazing, gripping book. I suspect the rest will follow.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching
before beginning a book?
Are you sitting down? Good. I don’t research before starting. Nope, I just dive right in. Then, I do research as I go along. It makes the entire process feel much less daunting. I find it much easier to build a world around a story, rather than building a story into a world.
Any last thoughts for our readers?
How much time do you have? 😊
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