I am an author and design student from northern Minnesota. I owe my reading ability to J.K. Rowling (Go Ravenclaw!) and my inspiration to write to Tamora Pierce. I love writing, I find its just as much of a journey for me as it is the reader. I love Science Fiction and Fantasy (especially when there is just a taste of a romantic undertone.) I spent my youth reading every book I could get my hands on. The closest library was over 15 miles away so that was quite a task. I bawl at deaths (I can’t read Nicholas Sparks!) Soul Seed, the first in a series of four books, came to me in a sudden stroke of inspiration (sounds hokey I know, but it literally was one of those moments.) I knew this was an idea that I had to pursue.
What inspires you to write?
In all honesty my ideas and characters inspire me to write the most. I’m not satisfied till they aren’t only in y mind.
Tell us about your writing process.
I tend be a seat of the pants writer (pantser) though I do have a very loose outline. If the idea/scene is good enough it sticks with me till I can write it down.
I am a huge fan a Scrivener, it makes editing so much simpler especially for long manuscripts.
I sketch out my characters after I have started writing, mostly because my characters character (boy, that’s a mouthful) helps imagine how they look.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Neither, I watch them like a movie playing out before my eyes, its kind of annoying actually because they “act” much faster than I can type. Sometimes, they are literally chapters a head of where I am writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write and don’t stop writing. It really is a process.
Figure out what your mistakes and habits are. I like to say “that” and it translates into my writing. I had one edit of my manuscript for Soul Seed that was just dedicated to the word “that.” I managed to remove a thousand thats.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Honestly I was going to go the traditional route and find an agent, but about three months in I realized how impatient I was and that I need “fan base” or a “writer’s platform.” So I decided to self publish. Honestly, the only thing you have to realize when you self publish is you have no support, you have to be your own marketer, designer, etc. unless you are going to pay someone else to do that for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s definitely changing and growing. I’m optimistic because it allows for more experimentation and growth,
What do you use?
What genres do you write?
YA, Fantasy, Science Fiction
What formats are your books in?
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