What inspires you to write?
I write the books I want to read. My ideas come from the most random places sometimes, like a small 3-sentence paragraph in a faery book that turned into The Iron Locket.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to be a pantser, but I’m slowly learning to outline. It speeds up the process tremendously. Scrivener is my go-to software and I love it so much. I get my best writing done in the morning, so I try to bust it out before noon before all the distractions of the day hit.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do listen to my characters. I try not to talk to them, though. I’m crazy enough as it is. 😉
What advice would you give other writers?
It’s okay to suck. Really, it is. Everyone sucks, even the most famous writers. The books you see in the store are not the first drafts they initially produced. Don’t try to compare your first draft to the finished product.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was going to go the traditional route at first, but after a couple rejections that all said “It’s good, but we don’t think we can sell it”, I decided to go indie. I’m so glad I did. I love being a self-published writer. I get to have my hands in every part of the process, and when I publish a book, it’s truly all my own. If you’re just starting out, you need to do your research and decide which route is best for you. Everyone’s journey is different, so you have to make that decision for yourself. No one can make it for you.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
A lot of people think traditional publishing will die out. I don’t think it will. I think eventually that massive beast is going to finally get turned in the right direction and evolve along with us. I see traditional publishers becoming partners for authors instead of owning them the way they do now.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi, steampunk, horror
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print