Interview with Schreyer Ink Publishing

What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is titled Nothing Everything Nothing. It's a YA novel dealing with cyber bullying, depression, and suicide. The inspiration came when I found out my younger cousin was in the hospital after attempting suicide. I knew I couldn't help her, I didn't know how. What I knew was writing. I wanted to write something that stayed true to the struggle people with depression faced, but I also wanted to show that there was hope somewhere in all that.
What are you working on next?
I've just finished the 2nd draft of a YA novel. Next up is a YA fantasy featuring witches from various traditions. Don't worry, there's no hidden schools or wands here.
What is your writing process?
How I start a project differs. Sometimes I start with the outline, sometimes with a scene or even a whole chapter. At some point I always stop to outline. This outline starts out very rough and very vague and as new details occur to me I add them to this outline. I'll add snippets of conversations, character reactions, or notes about settings to the outline so they're there when I get to that point in the book.
Once the book is done I edit mainly for plot and character, then for the technical. No point in changing the technical if you're just going to delete the whole scene!
Who are your favorite authors?
That would be a long list. George RR Martin, Anne Bishop, Stephen King, Anne Rice, Agatha Christie, Orson Scott Card, JRR Tolkien, JK Rowling, Ashlyn Forge - I'm forgetting names, I just know it!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are everything. I work in retail and the store motto is "Customers First" with the reasoning being that customers pay our wages. It's the same with writing. Fans buy books, fans tell other people about our books. But fans are more than financial support. I love interacting with fans, talking to them about what they enjoy and what they want to see in different genres. I like to know what readers think of the book market. I'm a indie fan too, I want to help support other writers. And I hope fans will want to support me too.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm a wife and mother of two so much of my time is spent on the mundane tasks: chores, making lunches, reading bedtime stories, etc. I also enjoy knitting and crocheting. Then there's the marketing and networking (which is what I call Facebook so I can use it as much as I want!)
Describe your desk
It's a mess. I'm sure a lot of writers say that. We've been in our own home for a year now so I don't have all the shelves I want in the office space yet.
The desk itself is simple, solid wood, square drawers, plain handles. My grandfather made it for my mother. The desk my parents bought me when I was 16 was a big L shape with a hutch. It suited my dad better so he ended up with that and I got my mom's desk.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I started on a Kobo but it wasn't mine, it was my mom's. She was letting me read Ken Follet's Fall of Giants. I switched to my phone because it was all I had and that was a lot of page flipping. Now I have a tablet with a Kindle and Kobo app installed so I can read most formats. I even installed an office/word processing app so I could read .doc files. I like the tablet because of the size and because it's multi-functional.
Published 2014-10-08.
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Books by This Author

Twilight Madhouse Volume 4
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 31,370. Language: English. Published: October 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Horror, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author
The scariest secrets are kept in the farthest rooms, and our deepest fears reside in the darkest corners. Venture deeper into the madhouse than you have before with eight new stories that explore dark changes, darker desires, and the places where the light never quite reaches.