I was born in New York and lived there with my family until I was eight when we moved to Mississippi. Ten years later, I went to college at Xavier University in New Orleans, Louisiana for about two years then moved to Massachusetts for life experience. Eventually, I moved back to New York where I became a registered nurse and studied forensic nursing. After working some years in New York as a nurse, I started doing travel nursing and loved it. I decided to stop traveling while in Colorado to stay close by family. Shortly after, I met my wonderful husband and have been here ever since.
Even as a child, I have always had a love for science fiction and enjoyed it through books, movies and comics. I have dabbled in writing throughout the years, and decided it was time to let my true self free. I took some time off from work to pursue a career in writing and recently published my first book called Connor. I plan on following up with a series of books under the Connor name and my goal is to be finished with the second book by the middle of 2014.
What inspires you to write?
As a child growing up there weren’t any teen heroes that I could relate to because there wasn’t anyone out there that looked like me. I don’t think it should be mostly one sided. When you’re young, your creative fantasies should seem limitless and there is nothing more a child desires than wanting to feel special or different. I loved science fiction when I was young but there should have been more of a variety for child like me because I felt left out…stifled.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am more of a ‘fly by the seat of my pants’ writer. I actually think about the book throughout the day and jot it down the next time I write. I, then, edit it to where it feels right and that is how I finalize my book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I laugh and talk to my characters because I think they are funny at times. I may have developed them but when you write, your characters tend to take on a life of their own.
What advice would you give other writers?
I suggest staying organized when it comes to promoting, don’t expect a lot so soon, quickly grow thick skin and keep writing if that is really what you want to do.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I felt I had a story to tell, like other writers, and waiting on someone else’s approval was not all right with me. I knew going through a self publishing company to, edit, suggest, and provide some marketing was a must for me but not everyone needs to. If you want to go through a publisher that is fine but don’t take ‘No’ for an answer. There is always self publishing and self marketing. No matter which direction you decide to take you will always have to provide self marketing. I have read a lot of books throughout the years and was determined to publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel it is headed in a more independent direction. Why should certain people decide what is a going to be a best seller or not. Not all publishers can pick a great books and not all writers want to be great. I love to write and I will continue to do so.
The only change I have is for this question. Can you change the response to:
I feel it is headed in a more independent direction. Why should certain people decide what is going to be a best seller or not. Not all publishers can pick great books and not all writers want to be great. I love to write and I will continue to do so.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Drama
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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