A native Californian, currently residing with her husband in San Francisco; she is the grandniece of Irish author Benedict Kiely and the second cousin of Irish author Sharon Owens. Author of : Doppelganger Experiment (World Castle Publishing, September 2011), The Four Series – Book I, II and III (World Castle Publishing 2012/13), and The Dragonfly Door (October 2013).
What inspires you to write?
Just about every experience inspires me to write, but in the case of my newest release, The Dragonfly Door, it was two separate occurrences: a few years ago I was driving home from the grocery store, located out by Ocean Beach in San Francisco – the neighborhood is generally quiet and residential, suddenly I noticed swarms of dragonflies, they were everywhere, so many that I had to pull over to watch them. For some reason, it lit a spark, and as soon as I got home I wrote the experience down and that’s where it stayed, for a while at least. A few months later, while driving through the high desert in Southern California, the dragonfly experience returned, somehow my mind connected it to the eerily beautiful landscape of the winter desert and the book started to form. It took me a little more than 3 years to bring this book to fruition, but it was worth every minute of it.
Tell us about your writing process.
My process is haphazard at best. I try to write everyday, even if its just a few paragraphs. Some days I write for hours on end, not being able to stop the flow of ideas, other days, I feel as if the well has dried up. In a nutshell… I write as often as possible. Generally my stories start out as “seat of the pants” sort of thing, I write and write until I find that the story has lost its way, then I read over what I have and begin to outline things, move them around, enhance the characters and the scenes. This has served me well and more often than not, its taken more stories to new depths.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Once my characters are born they continuously chatter at me… sometimes they want more excitement, to be prettier or more handsome, nicer or outright evil, but they always want more and they tell me constantly what that is.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up and always, always get a great editor.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My first four books were published via a small press publisher, I enjoyed working with them, but with the taboo of self-publishing slowly slipping away, I wanted to try that. My latest novel (with the help of a professional editor) was published via Amazon self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the big publishers are missing out on quite a bit, they seem stuck in their own little world, that’s understandable of course, they know who sells books and they aren’t willing to deviate from that. But I think they’re missing out on a lot of great authors out there. The biggest difficulty a self-published or small press published author has is getting the word out about their book, I’m not sure there is ever going to be a remedy for that, but sites like BookGoodies are Godsends.
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
time-travel / thriller / suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print