I started writing when I was in second grade. I was always excited when we got a creative writing assignment. Especially, when it was around Halloween. I couldn't help but love the darker and spookier stories growing up.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My main joy is to help inspire younger generations to love reading as much as I do. I want them to find safety in the pages of my books and enjoy every word as I did writing them. The look of joy on their face or zombie look as they are sucked into the book also is joyful.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing I wish I was writing. But, when I can't I like spending time outdoors or mostly listening to music. You don't realize how music can influence your imagination and inspire your next story. Oh...and movies are a must.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Oh yes...I was in third grade and we were suppose to be writing a short story for Halloween. We would design a drawing to go above the story and let the pages fall down on the wall. Mine wouldn't fit on the wall of course. I made it so long that know wonder I was the last to finish. The story was about a vampire princess and the details are misty but it served its purpose. It got me an A :)
What are you working on next?
I am presently working on putting together our next cycle of contest winners for our 2nd Analogy. Myself and the other judges will have two stories featured throughout the next cycle. One of my stories will feature another character from my "Half-Blood Academy" series that I have in the work. I plan on elaborating more on "Trisha's Escape" and turning her story into a novel...this will go the same with all of the Nine series stories from the Analogy. My other story that will be in our 2nd Analogy will feature Blake and Meisha two characters from my other work in process "Tarzinea". To keep up on the Nine Planet Warriors from "Half-Blood Academy" and the characters of "Tarzinea" follow the Analogies that come from our bi-monthly contest. If you would like to follow even more closely check out my blog: http://fantasywriter2009.wordpress.com. My blog will exhibit my work in process novels that include my books for "Half-Blood Academy", (along with short stories for this series) and my other work in process novel "Tarzinea", (there will also be short stories featuring characters from this novel upon my blog).
What are your five favorite books, and why?
hmmm...this one is hard. I have so many favorite books that it would be unfair to just name five. So, instead I'm going to list my favorite series of books. The first would have to be know other than J.R.R. Tolkien's "Hobbit & Lord of the Rings" novels. I love the details and how he draws you into the story. I especially love the hobbits-I'm short so its nice to see the little people being heroes. My second would be Mercedes Lackey's books that center around Valdemar and the Hawk Brothers to name a few. One of the most important books that she wrote I still reread to this very day. This book is the one that inspired me to become a writer and want to create a world for fellow readers to fall head over heels in love with. The title is: "By the Sword". Third, my favorite fantasy creature are dragons. So, yet I will be adding a few dragon themed book at you from here. The main one that comes to mind that drove me insane waiting for was the "Inheritance Series", featuring our beloved Eragon & Saphira; by Christopher Paolini. The fourth, runs similar with my third. I fell in love with "Song in the Silence" main character Lanen Kaelar. A woman that falls in love with a dragon. Elizabeth Kerner captured my heart with her trilogy and I am proud to say I own all three books. I won't give them up ever! Lastly, I have to say my favorite books series that I have been follow over the last few years are from Rick Riordan. I am a big sucker for greek mythology and I have always been a fan of the gods. The Percy Jackson series along with the Heroes of Olympus fills that hunger immensely. I am counting down the days to the next book launch.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Well...I would say that since I have only an iPad I would have to say that my iBooks app is my choice. I have several books in my library on my iPad. But, I am still a traditional reader and love the feel of holding a book in my hands.
Describe your desk
Like most authors I would have to say my desk is a mess. I have papers all over the place and my mom telling me to clean it up. The only thing is, is that I can find everything I need because it is like it organized to an extent.
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