Where can I buy your books?
I love that this is a frequently asked question! The good news is that I finally have an answer. I’ve recently signed with Desert Breeze Publishing and my first novel Learning to Die will release September 21, 2014 and will be available in ebook format at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and other retailers. As soon as I have a link, I’ll post it.
Where do you get your ideas?
As a voracious reader, I’ve always taken note of what I did and didn’t like about the stories I read. It didn’t take long to realize that my favorite stories–the ones that stuck with me–were character driven novels. So I almost always start with a strong character and build a plot around them. Those ideas come from every part of my life–stories from family and friends, personal experiences, people watching at coffee shops… There are stories to be told everywhere. I simply look for the one that rings true for me in that moment and run with it.
What was your favorite childhood book?
Little Women, hands down. I think I first read it around 5th grade, and I fell in love with the range of characters. It’s one of those I keep going back to at different times in my life, and every time I identify with a different March sister. Yet my heart still belongs to Jo… and I will always wish she ended up with Teddy.
Are you inspired by any famous people or characters?
Definitely. I absolutely adore several of the actors from the BBC (I’m looking at you, Tom Hiddleston), and I’m sure they’ll creep their way into my characters soon enough. In fact, I have a character in mind for a romance based on Mr. Hiddleston. I also love all the incarnations of the iconic Sherlock Holmes, particularly Benedict Cumberbatch’s. Keep an eye out for a character based on that interpretation of the famous detective in the the novella series The East Wind.
Heroes or villains?
Sigh. The best is when it’s hard to tell which is which. Every great villain is a hero in his own mind. I like my heroes with flaws and my villains with redeeming qualities. Character growth either way.
This may the hardest thing I’ve had to answer. I read in a few different genres, but I tend to lean toward romantic suspense and YA, though I do have a soft spot for the classics. So in no particular order, here are a few of my favorites:
- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Nightshade series by Ronie Kendig
- The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare
- Pretty much anything by Shakespeare
- Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers
- Girl of Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson
- Women of Justice series by Lynette Eason
- Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Harry Potter series by JK Rowling
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