- How did you think of the idea for Rynlee’s Song?
I honestly can’t remember what got me started writing this book, since the earliest draft was written when I was 15 years old. It’s changed drastically since then, and all I remember from the first attempt was a girl finding a boy who took her on an adventure.
- When is the next book coming out?
In summer 2015 a prequel to Rynlee’s Song will be published, titled Demonstruck. And as for the second book in the Daughter of Time series (no title yet) if I can meet my deadlines, it will be published sometime in Winter 2015/Early 2016.
- What are you working on now?
Currently I’m writing the first draft of the sequel to Rynlee’s Song and getting Demonstruck ready for publication. I have 12 pretty fleshed-out concepts and pieces written for other books/series and get random inspiration for some of them at any time while drafting other books. Some of these ideas have been in the back of my head for over 8 years, waiting for their turn to be written.
- When did you know you wanted to be an author?
This is an interesting question, because I didn’t always want to be an author. As a kid, I thought I’d be a marine biologist because I loved the ocean (still never seen it in real life though). But I was never good enough at science, and once I entered high school I was already writing my own stories. I had to quit writing for 3 years when I went to college, but thankfully I’ve got my “muse” back!
- What are your favorite books?
This is a hard question to answer for any author, I’m sure! You can always look at my goodreads to see which books I’ve given 5 stars to. Here are a few of my favorite authors: Tamora Pierce, Rachel Morgan, Cassandra Clare, Susan Dennard, T. L. Shreffler, Scott Westerfeld, J. K. Rowling, Terry Brooks, Garth Nix, Sarah J. Maas, and Becca Fitzpatrick. (In no particular order)
- Why did you decide to self publish?
I’m not like most self published authors who either 1) had previous books traditionally published or 2) queried a million agents and never got one. I’ve never sent a query letter to an agent or publisher. Ever. By the time my book was in its last edits, I was already well-researched about self publishing and the control over my own work really appealed to me. I’m a super perfectionist so I knew I’d do a good job. I read everything I can about self publishing and the book industry in general (I still do after publishing my first book!) and I know what it takes to be a professional. That being said, I’ve made a lot of mistakes and I’ll continue to make mistakes. Thankfully in indie publishing I can afford to take those risks. I have nothing against traditional publishing, and if the right offer came along I’d probably take it for a future series.
- Who does your book covers?
Actually, I do! I have a diploma in graphic design so I use stock photos and my photo editing skills to create each cover.