My life is a flurry of writing, art and creativity. You can usually find me reading a book, scribbling notes in a notebook for future creations, typing on a laptop with music blaring in my ears or buried in my basement watching documentaries and sitting behind a sewing machine.
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember and have boxes of old notebooks in horrible handwriting to prove it. Only recently have I stumbled back into writing and finishing my ideas.
Seeking the Storyteller is the first novel I’ve published; with my partner in crime and life, Briana Lawrence. I also write horror, fantasy, supernatural and occasionally romance pieces which I am currently shopping around through contests and publishers.
What inspires you to write?
Everything inspires me to write. I love watching anime, music videos, movies; reading ghost stories, other novels and sewing. I also love where costumes and pretending to be certain characters when no one is looking. Everything in life has the potential to make my muses run wild, so I usually carry a notebook with me for when they strike.
Tell us about your writing process.
I keep that notebook close to jot down ideas and usually plan things in the shower or at night before I fall asleep. When I sit down in front of a computer I like a quiet office around me so I can write unhindered, with soft chanting music in the background to keep my mind engaged.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
All the time! Especially for Seeking the Storyteller, this is the heavily edited result of internet chatting between my partner/coauthor and I during the long distance part of our relationship. Over the years we’ve played these characters and fine tuned them into the story available now.
The most amusing thing is spending time with Briana and how we’ll be talking and one of us will point out a thing or look that someone around us has that fits a character. These characters are very much our children.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write. It doesn’t matter how good or bad you think you are, just write. Anything can be edited to be amazing, but you have to start somewhere. Just let the muses run, you can always go back and fix it later. Oh, and participate in NaNoWriMo. It’s one of the most inspiring things ever!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve been writing for most of my life, but it was my partner who really pushed me to try and get this book published with her. She has wanted to be published for a long time and it rubbed off on me. So once she got her first book published I wanted to try and I’m very happy with the results so far.
We submitted Seeking the Storyteller to quite a few publishers and agents until it found a home with Solstice Publishing. The wait was so long and I’ll admit that sometimes I never thought it would get out there. Now that it has, it’s totally been worth it.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think books will always be around. It just takes a bit more effort now for authors to get their book noticed. But that’s fine, it’s the same with any art. You can’t just do it, you also have to love it and sell it.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
fiction, fantasy, urban supernatural, horror
What formats are your books in?