I love "meeting" new characters and creating their voice. There is nothing like a new character with a strong unique personality. It's like meeting a stranger for the first time.
What do your fans mean to you?
So much! I love hearing from my fans and knowing that something I did gave them a little bit of joy. It's magical.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the sequels to The Faire Pendant: The Tale of Atterberry. It's going really well and I can't wait to share it with my readers.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a hard question! I love the Bronte sisters, L.M. Montgomery, Margaret Mitchell, Agatha Christie, J.R.R. Tolkien, S.E. Hinton and way too many more to name!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Love of what I'm doing. I wake up with plans for my whole day and it's usually pretty busy!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I love to work outside, gardening and with my animals. I live with a wide assortment of dogs, cats, horses, chickens, and mini goats. We also have a mini horse, which is really, really cute.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I'm sure it's not the first one, but I remember I wrote a story about wild horses when I was younger.
What is your writing process?
I have a general outline and I let the characters and their actions bring the story about.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first because it was too long ago, but I remember reading a book of short stories as a child called The Story Hour. It had a wide range of stories and I would beg to read them with one of my parents. I absolutely loved those books!
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Anne of Avonlea series by L.M. Montgomery (as well as her lesser known series. Check them out. They are great.). Her books remind me of my own life growing up. Surprisingly, PEI is very similar in some ways to small towns in the South. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. There are way too many reasons why. They are just fantastic. All of Jane Austen's books. I think she had such a unique view of the world. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (as well as her other books). Again, she has a very unique voice and view on the world. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. It's so ironic and very psychological to me. I love it.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything I can get my hands on!
Describe your desk
Cluttered. Glasses of water competing with empty cups of coffee. Notes and reminders everywhere! Books. It is a desk that has been in my family for years and years. I believe it was my great grandfather's, so it has a lot of history behind it.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
In the South and it has influenced my writing so very much. Tennessee is beautiful to start with. I often read the classics as a child and could easily imagine I was in England or Ireland because it's so green and hilly here. If I had to say it reminded me of any particular place, I would have to say Hobbiton. Everyone knew everyone and their complete family histories. There were so many storytellers, it was amazing. It was a great place to grow up.
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