1. How did you get started writing?
I was an avid reader before I became an avid writer. Carrying my huge Harry Potter hardbacks from room to room (they were almost bigger than me!) and talking to anyone who would listen about my favorite characters and scenes.
But then, I started writing. In third grade, I won a creative writing competition with a story about a talking money tree (which also, curiously, grew oranges). And when I was fifteen, I learned that Christopher Paolini wrote Eragon when *he* was fifteen. I thought, in my wide-eyed wonder, well, if he can do it, then so can I.
And the rest is history.
2. Out of all your books, which one is your favourite and why?
So far, I’d have to say The Deathday Chronicles. It’s Book 1 in my YA dystopian series. While The Countdown was the first book I published (the prequel to the series), it’s not the first I’d written. That honor goes to The Deathday Chronicles, which is currently undergoing some serious rewrites!
3. What is your favorite thing to do outside of writing?
I love traveling – I’d jet off to a new place every weekend if I could! Other than that, I love spending time with my friends – whether it’s going out to brunch or hanging out with pizza and a bottle of bubbles, there’s something special about spending quality time with the people I care about.
4. What do you love most about the genre you write?
I love YA science fiction (dystopian in particular) and fantasy for many reasons. I enjoy the coming-of-age themes and big save-the-world plots. I love seeing teens grappling with their identity, their purpose, their friends and love interests, and ultimately coming together to be part of something larger than themselves.
5. What do you want readers to take from your books?
I’d like to give my readers a sense of escape. To enable them to travel and discover new, unexplored worlds. I’d like them to wield magic alongside my characters. To grow with them, and maybe discover something about themselves in the process. And most of all, I’d like to leave my readers with hope for a better future and a brighter tomorrow.
6. Describe yourself in 3 words.
Bubbly, optimistic, curious.
7. What made you decide to write in your current genre?
I’ve always loved reading YA – sci-fi and fantasy in particular. So it was no surprise that I started writing YA too 🙂 I love the idea of dropping teens right in the middle of big save-the-world plots. I enjoy seeing how they grow into young adults, discover who they are and fall in love… while also stopping the big bad guy and saving humanity as we know it.
8. Tell us about your current release/or new release?
I have just launched The Countdown, the full-length prequel to my YA dystopian series, The Deathday Chronicles. It follows sixteen-year-old Theo in future Chicago as he navigates the last ten days before his deathday.
9. What are you working on now? Can you share a teaser of it with our readers?
At the moment, I’m editing Book 1 in The Deathday Chronicles series. Book 1 is Liv’s story and takes place a year and a half after the events of The Countdown.
“My name is Liv, and my deathday was yesterday.”
The Deathday Chronicles (Book 1) ➜ Coming 2021
10. Is there one genre that you have not written in yet, but would love to try writing?
I’d love to write a psychological thriller! I already have an idea, but I think I’ll let this one sit and simmer for a while… It’s going to be dark, it’s going to be twisty, and it’s going to be shocking. I can’t wait.
11. What do you do when a flash of inspiration hits you at an inopportune moment?
An ‘inopportune moment’ is either in the shower or at 3 am when I’m jerked awake from a particularly vivid dream. If it’s the former, I will get out of the shower, grab my phone and write down whatever madness my brain came up with this time. If it’s the latter, I’ll either grab a notebook and jot down some keywords, or open up the voice notes on my phone and hit record. These recordings can be… interesting. But I did actually dream up a gadget last year that ended up playing an integral role in The Countdown!
12. What keeps you going while writing?
Caffeine, in its many forms, and my author friends!
13. What’s next for you?
I’m currently editing Book 1 in The Deathday Chronicles series, and after that I’ll focus on writing the remaining four books in the series. And after that, I’ll move on to my seven book YA fantasy series. Many words await 🙂
14. Where can we find you on the internet?