What kind of books did you read as a kid?
I read a little of everything from Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sylvia Plath. If it sparked my interests, which constantly changed, I read it. My longest obsession was probably with witches. I read a lot of nonfiction books on the topic.
When did you decide to become an author?
I wanted to write for years, but it never happened for me. I believe it was due to writing in the wrong genre, women’s fiction. It didn’t suit me and I gave up. It wasn’t until my husband approached me after I quit my last job that I plunged forward. I was stuck in the job search, nothing was happening. He told me to pursue my dream, but do it 110 percent. No half-attempts. So I entered NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) in 2014 and completed my first rough draft.
What is your favorite thing about writing for teens?
Writing for young adults is all about the possibility. There are so many things that can happen in your life depending upon what path you choose. Young adults, for the most part, make choices without restriction. New adults don’t have enough experience to challenge their choices. Everything is speculative. I love asking the ‘what if’ question, speculating the possibilities, which is what life is about for these two demographics.
What authors or books inspire you?
Far too many to list, but if pressed I would start with Veronica Roth. It was her Divergent series that opened my eyes up to the genre. I’d follow up with Stacey Marie Brown who showed me the fun which could be had with paranormal fiction.
What advice do you have for anyone who wants to be an author?
Don’t stop writing—ever! I wish someone had told me that back in the day. I know everything happens for a reason, including all the numerous jobs I’ve had, but I feel if someone had said that to me I may have finished a manuscript before 2014.
What do you want readers to take away from your books?
All of my books have hope embedded into them along with the necessity of standing up for your beliefs. If anything, I’d want readers to realize that they’re a lot stronger than they think, and to never take themselves for granted.
Where else can we find you online?
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