1. How did you get started writing?
I wrote a bit here and there growing up, but it wasn’t until I had my babies that I started really writing. My husband really pushed me to discover what I loved and who I was outside of my role as a mother and a wife. He could see I needed that, and I’ll forever be grateful for his insight.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
Well, I tend to love most the book I’m currently working on. But I only have one full-length, giant epic fantasy published right now — Mother of Rebellion.
3. If your friends were asked to describe you in one word, what would it be?
Loyal or Loving (I hope)
4. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
Spending time with my family while pushing away my to-do lists and just allowing myself to rest and have fun.
5. What do you love most about the genre you write?
The fantasy genre provides so much more than entertainment and escape, though it certainly gives those things in abundance. It presents different ways of thinking, different philosophies, and so much diversity in a package that is entirely disarming and delightful. It engages the imagination and promotes empathy at the same time.
6. What do you want readers to take from your books?
Whatever it is they want to experience. Some of my readers read my stories for the escape from reality, for a moment where they don’t have to dwell on their worries. Others see the more subtle worldview aspects of my writing and appreciate or like to talk about those things. Still others connect and identify with my characters and that makes them feel seen. Really, anything positive a reader gets out of my work makes me happy.
7. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Direct, Semi-Awkward, Thorough
8. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I simply love epic fantasy, and science fantasy intrigues me.
9. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
I’m currently working on the second book in my epic fantasy series. The first is titled Mother of Rebellion. It has been described as a “wonderfully gripping and thoughtful tale in a colorful world filled with action, intrigue, and heart.”
10. What does your writing space look like?
I do have a traditional office space, but I write wherever I can, from the dining table to the car.
11. What’s the one piece of technology you can’t live without?
12. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Yes. I’ve cried over it.
13. How much of your characters are based on your traits or someone you know personally?
I suppose every author’s experiences and relationships find their way into their writing, but I’ve never based a character off someone I know.
14. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
It seemed right, to stand still as the storm rolled in, to allow the cold rain to drench him to the bone. He took a long drink from his flask, allowing the burning sensation of Bram’s homemade brew to warm his insides.
He couldn’t look away from the raging of nature. The wind picked up, washing the fog-like steam from the valley below over the bridge and onto the cliff, creating a blanket of white all around him. Bright lightning danced against a black sky.
This storm had vanished the calm brother moons and the quiet dignity of the stars. It was terrifying, demanding the recognition of power. It was determined, unwilling to break, ready to destroy. It was unapologetic and unafraid.
Moloch set his jaw.
It is what I have to become.
15. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
I get ideas for urban fantasy or portal fantasy, but really, most of my ideas fall under the umbrella of fantasy.
16. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
I note it on my phone.
17. What keeps you going while writing?
Caffeine. And encouraging reviews.
18. What’s next for you?
I will just keep writing and releasing whenever I can!
19. Where can we find you on the internet?