How did you start writing?

Well, I just picked up a pencil–possibly a crayon, since I was fairly young at the time, and the rest is history. In truth, I don’t really remember much about a time when I didn’t write stories. It’s just always been a niggle in my brain that isn’t sated unless I’m coming up with stories and writing them down.

What inspires you?

I haven’t the foggiest idea. Loads of other writers have speculated on the concept, but I just write what my muses (characters) tell me. I usually don’t know where they came from or why they appeared, they’re just always there in vast supply.

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

What does your writing process look like from beginning to end?

A complete and utter mess: notes on every size and shape of paper, multiple word documents on both my laptop and tablet, and spreadsheets to attempt to keep track of the details.

I don’t work in a linear order from the story sense or the writing process sense. I write whatever scene I’m thinking about and put all the pieces together as I go, then I go back and smooth them out, add a little more, go back and add details, add some more, do revisions, add more, send it to betas, revise again, load it on my kindle to do a read-through, revise again, send it to my editor, revise more, send it to proofreaders, make corrections, and press publish.

It’s rather tedious, and by the time it’s published I’ve probably read over it a couple of dozen times. I also print and/or change the font and screen background color between each step, which helps the brain focus on the details rather than relying on memory.

Where can I buy your books?

Any major online retailer:

Any advice for other writers/indie authors out there?

Do it for yourself. If writing is what drives you then you won’t be able to live without it. It’s not always easy–especially when you’re managing other responsibilities–but it’s possible.

Where can I meet you?

I’ll be out and about between projects next year, and you can see all of my upcoming events and their locations/information here. You’ll also find a calendar on that page with all of my upcoming online events.

What are your current favorite books and authors?

The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness and Chicagoland Vampires by Chloe Neill are the ones I always go back to. I still love some classic R.L. Stine from time to time, too. I just picked up a couple of his older books at a library sale. I’m always trying to pick up new books to get lost in.