I started writing short poems when I was fourteen, they were relatively dark and disturbing as you can imagine, hormonal and moody teenagers do not make the best writers. I didn't really think about becoming an author though until much later, after I'd had my children and stopped working full time.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The Eva's Ascension series is an apocalyptic, fantasy, adventure featuring all my favorite supernatural beings, Angels, Demons, Vampires, Ghosts and Witches. The story is mainly set in a world parallel to ours, a world that is policed by the enforcers, a motley crew of supernaturals who do their best to keep the balance in their world and ours from toppling in either Heaven or Hell's favor. But when a demon is reborn into the human world the enforcers face a threat unlike any they've faced before and it will take all their combined strength to save the worlds from the coming apocalypse.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is becoming so involved in your book that the story and characters become like real, living, breathing things to you.
What are you working on next?
I am currently working on Autumn's Fall, book 2 in Eva's Ascension series. Autumn's Fall will be released on the 14th December 2014. After Autumn's fall I am considering doing a short novella about some of the main characters from the Eva's Ascension series. As the series is entirely written from Eva's point of view I think it would be nice to get in the mind of some of the other characters like Silas, Autumn and my favorite, Arrabella.
Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many.... My favorite's of the moment are Karen Chance, with her Cassie Palmer series and I also love Suzanne Collins. I read the classics when I was very young and my favorite authors of all are definitely the Bronte sisters, Wuthering Heights is the best and it is the only book that i have re-read a few times.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My children and partner definitely. Waking up to see my beautiful daughter greet me with a huge soppy grin melts my heart every time, and then my son comes in with his crazy bed head that makes him look like a mad scientist and has me instantly giggling. It's a great way to wake up :)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
If a book sounds interesting to me I will read it but I don't tend to follow the crowd so much.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wuthering Heights- Cathy and Heathcliff's doomed love is awe inspiring and heartbreaking at the same time. The story is very dark and Gothic for its time and the characters flawed, but still immensely lovable.
The Hunger Games- I love how the heroine Katniss is so amazingly strong and able. It's unusual to find a heroine nowadays who doesn't completely rely on a controlling hero.
Alice in Wonderland- What's not to love? quirky, fun and entertaining.
The Cassie Palmer series- These aren't normally the kind of books i'd go for but the series dragged me in and now i'm hooked.
Laurell K Hamilton's Anita Blake series- I loved the first five books, they were original, punchy and the heroine was a delightful mass of contradictions. The others in the series don't hold so much weight with me and after a while I stopped reading them but the first five are excellent.
How do you approach cover design?
I have done some graphic design work in the past so I usually create my own covers. I did once speak to an eBook cover designer but her ideas seemed a little limited to me.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything... I have been known to read catalogs back to front when particularly bored.
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