When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Such a great question. I have been writing and considered myself a writer ever since I started really writing. I don’t really remember when that started. I have notebooks of story ideas that goes back to middle school, at least. So, probably around then?
Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?
I am a genre hopper, and I think part of the reason that I chose writing as a career is that it is always changing. I love the freedom to write what is in my soul, and get that story out to the world.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer and how does that affect your writing?
I kind of go back and forth on this! Currently, I am a full-time writer doing part-time work on the side such as article writing, editing, layout, and the like. It is financially stressful because I don’t know from month to month how much I will make. That leads to me spending a lot of energy chasing paid work. I am in a slump and seriously considering a “full-time” gig again, even though that has it’s own stresses because you are typically tied to set hours, which limits your writing time and you lose flexibility for marketing and promoting your books, but you have the finances to pay for some services. We shall see how things play out!
What are some day jobs you have held?
Ha, ha, so many! Retail sales, retail marketing, retail management, B2B sales, marketing, social media and online marketing, graphic design. I am kind of a jack of many trades.
Do you have a special time to write, or how is your day structured to accommodate your writing?
I like flexibility, but when I am really busy, I schedule my fiction writing at night, because I find my creative juices flow better at night!
What have you written so far?
Well, I have a blog where I publish poetry, book reviews, and story samples a few times a week. I am working on three separate series right now. The Hunters series is an urban fantasy series for those who believe vampires should be killed and not kissed. The Clear Angel Chronicles is a paranormal thriller series about a psychic who is her detective’s secret weapon. I also have a YA literary series, The Hell School Series, which is a fictional series based on my experience with a stalker in high school. I also dabble in children’s books with Royal Prince Vince, and Creative Exercises to Inspire.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why?
I am a really eclectic reader, so this is really hard! I am going to list several of my favorite characters. Clive Cussler’s Dirk Pitt. I have all his books.
Hermione Granger because she was the first character who made me feel like it was ok to want to be smart.
Riatha from The Eye of The Hunter shaped the kind of woman I wanted to be. Rose Hathaway from The Vampire Academy just sings to my teenage self! I could probably go on for quite some time, but we will stop there. If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
If there was one thing you could do to change the world, what would it be?
Make everyone love reading! I am only sort of joking about this. There have been some really great studies that show that people who read a lot, especially across multiple genres, tend to be more open-minded and empathetic. I think it is interesting that as more people began to read, the Age of Enlightenment began. As fewer people read, more division is developing in the world.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I am a storyteller, so I would find another way to do that. Either screenwriting or acting, something along those lines that would allow me to tell stories and shape the way others see the world.
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