Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Actually, no, I can't. I learned to read early, begging my mother to teach me, and was successfully reading on my own at age four. I started into chapter books a year or two later, and I've been at it ever since. I was reading adult fantasy books by the time I was in middle school.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorites tend to come in series more than books.
*Silver by Cheree Alsop - the is a YA paranormal with a little bit of romance thrown in. Werewolves and the fight for survival. How far are you willing to go for what you believe? *The Host by Stefanie Meyer - no, not a series, but still one of my favorites. It's such a unique take on aliens and a love ... square involving three people and four minds? It's weird, but it made me think. plus, great plot. *Rylee Adamson series by Shannon Mayer - she's a Tracker, and its her job to hunt down missing children and bring them home. and that's all good, until the world starts to slide into chaos around her and she finds out that she's more at the center of paranormal power plays than she knew *Darkest Powers & Darkness Rising trilogies by Kelley Armstrong - set in her Otherworld atmosphere, this is about two young girls who are just finding out they have powers. Chloe is a necromancer, and she didn't know until she ended up in a home for crazy kids. Maya is a cougar skin walker, and finding out is a shock to her too, especially with people trying to kill her for it. *Gray Wolves series by Quinn Loftis - three American girls end up surrounded by a pack of Romanian Gray Wolves, and each in love with one of them. A wicked witch is trying to kill their mates and their pack, but the girls aren't ready to stop fighting, if the boys will get off their backs.
What do you read for pleasure?
I love paranormal fiction, sometimes with a romantic twist sometimes with a crime twist. I'll read other urban fantasy for pleasure, and every once in a while an old fashioned fantasy or sic-fi, but my true love is the paranormal.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad, but often I end up reading on my iPhone just because it's closer and goes with me everywhere. the two sync, so I never loose my place in the story!
Describe your desk
This is a fun one, because I work in the field a lot for my day job. That means that my desk changes so often! But the things that are "must haves" for my writing are my computer (obviously) my journal (a pretty red leather one given to me for Christmas) my power chord (because I hate dim screens) and my feet up on the desk to settle in.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around a lot as a kid. I moved eight times before I was ten. But from 10-college, I lived in northern Georgia. It's what I call home, and I'd go back. I've also lived in the Rockies. As well as Mexico City, Madrid Spain, and Quito Ecuador. It's been a wanderlust life, and I love it.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote the draft of my first novel when I was eleven. It's terrible and you will never read it. It was about a set of twins, dragons, elves, and battle. The idea is great, but the writing was bad.
Hey, I was eleven. I've learned a few things :)
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I love to write. I love to tell stories. I love to talk about those stories with people that have read them.
I hate query letters.
So I decided to self-publish and forget the whole agent mess.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I find some else who's read the book and I can discuss it with them. When I lay in bed at night and have conversations with my characters. When I come up with some brilliant plot twist and weave it into the story. When I learn that someone else loved the story as much as I did, and the characters became friends to them too.
What are you working on next?
I have an ongoing series: Victoria Novak, Paranormal Division. Which I currently have plans for at least four books, and when those are done, there'll be more.
I also have the Remington Academy series in the works: Dakota Riley is a mute eighteen-year-old with touch magic. Along with her brother, she finds herself at the mysterious Academy for gifted kids, and in the middle of an underground war.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a full time job as an engineer for an oil company. But if I'm playing, I have a black belt in Tae Kwon Do (a Korean martial art), a master scuba diver certification, and a motorcycle license. It's my dream to set foot on every continent and someday go sky diving. I'm a believer in my 2nd amendment rights, and enjoy the gun range. I'm also a huge fan of the board game Settlers of Catan as well as the video game Halo and the computer games Age of Empires and Civilization. See, I'm diverse.
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