I am currently working on the second installment of The Eryn And JB series which is what I am currently writing about. I am also working on a variety of other books not related to the Eryn And JB series; but as part of a different series.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors are Stephen King, Cassandra Clare, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristin Cashore, Kady Cross, Suzanne Collins, and Veronica Roth. Like music, I am always looking for more books, I'm quite an avid reader and am open to any suggestions made by others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work mostly; and the fact that my pets need looking after; food and water, to be let out, and cleaned up after. regular house chores and things.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work, read, hang out with friends and family and look after my house and home.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I don't usually read ebooks to be honest; it's not that I don't like them or think their bad... it's just I'd prefer to have something physical in my hands. Being on the computer, reading or writing gives me a headache after long periods of time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I wrote became my first novel. It started out as chapter books about these two adventurers who looked for lost treasures and priceless artifacts. It's like Indiana Jones gets flipped and teleported to different worlds. Eryn Jessica and JB Williams are the two main explorers and they have to find these different and priceless artifacts all around the world but when they go looking for them, they open up portals and doorways to different, alternate worlds. I have a lot of fun writing this series, because you never know what's going to happen next.
What is your writing process?
My writing process involves re-reading the last chapter or two and then going on from where I left off. Sometimes if a chapter isn't going anywhere, I'll end up scrapping it and re-writing it; then I'll throw in plot twists, and extra characters. Some days I'll wake up with an idea or a scene in my head, and once I write it down it becomes so much more then what I had originally thought of, and it kinda takes it's own path.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't remember the first story I ever read, since I've been reading since I was about 4. But one story that really inspired me was a story about a girl who had a crappy home life; she was fighting with her mother and didn't like her mothers new boyfriend, so she decides she's going to spend the next six months climbing the Appalachian trail. she befriends this other guy who's also hiking the trail. It was such a great inspirational story that one day I want to climb the Appalachian trail as well; just to see the sights she saw and feel nature the way she did.
How do you approach cover design?
I finish the story if I can then I think of what it would look like. Or sometimes I'll come up with a name and then I'll think of an image and after that it's a matter of drawing it out, coloring it in, and doing some basic touch ups, adding words and then if I like it, i keep it, if not it's back to the drawing board.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Fire, Graceling, Bitterblue all written by Kristin Cashore because their intriguing and I like the stories behind them; an outcast girl becomes someone of value, of importance to her kingdom; a fighter who's hated because of her different colored eyes and is only used by the king, undermines his power and starts something much bigger then herself; a girl who's swamped and trapped with trying to fix her fathers mess of a kingdom. The Guardian, Dance with the Devil by Sherrilyn Kenyon are marvelous reads because of the stories they tell about people in really terrible states of life, and how they find love to overcome it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in two places, Fergus Ontario and Waterloo Ontario. When I was growing up in Fergus, reading and writing was a way to escape from the regular world. It offered me a world I could disappear into for hours at a time, and it helped me understand the mechanics behind reading and writing. When I moved to Waterloo with my family, it was a big change from what I was used to; I went to school for the first time; I learned to take constructive criticism and rewrite my own work. I think because of that, I've learned to write quick-paced stories; but with enough intrigue, plot twists, and in depth characters that they actually turn out how I see it in my head.
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