When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend my time with my family and pursuing my other interests in photography and psychology. I am also an avid reader and I love to travel around California.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I find a lot of recommendations from bloggers, fellow Facebook friends/authors, and word of mouth.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The first story I ever wrote was about a newly adopted orphan who finds that the wallpaper in the rooms of her new home is alive and allows her to enter alternate worlds. I was entering our school contest to meet and have lunch with a visiting author.
What is your writing process?
I start with the idea and then I figure out where I want to go with it in my head before I sit down to type. I prefer to just write without an outline and I write everything in sequence. Music and writing go hand in hand for me so I seldom work without a playlist.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The book Little Women had a huge impact on my life when I was young. The character of Jo March inspired my desire to not only be a writer but to strive for strength and independence too. That character was the first time I related strongly to a written personality.
How do you approach cover design?
I like the cover to have as much meaning to me as what I write. There is a lot of thought and consideration that goes into what I want to visually represent my story. I prefer to shoot my own covers because I like to combine my love and interest in photography with my love of writing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Little Women - Louisa May Alcott. It was a book that changed my whole life and what I thought I could accomplish in it.
The Outsiders - S.E Hinton. I fell in love with my first bad boy character in this book and I also fell in love with characters that brought more grit to their personalities.
The Garden of Eden - Ernest Hemingway. I love almost all of Hemingway's work but there was a complexity to the characters in this one that I loved. The dialogue between men and women was never more crisp and well paced than with the conversations in this book.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane - Neil Gaiman. This book was what it is like when a writer carefully and beautifully exposes the bones of who they are to the world. It was a magical read.
Outlander - Diana Gabaldon. This book had the most complicated and beautiful love story I have ever read in the midst of brilliant writing and historically accurate settings. The whole series was built on genius.
Describe your desk
My writing desk is a mess of stickers and handwritten quotes. I have a Bob Dylan poster hanging on the wall behind it and postcard photos of writers, musicians, and places I adore on the walls beside it. It is my favorite place in my house.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a couple different projects at the moment. I just finished my first contemporary romance and will begin the dreaded editing process soon. I am also working on another deconstructed fairytale that was inspired in part from Rapunzel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Ernest Hemingway John Steinbeck Jhumpa Lahiri Neil Gaiman Tarryn Fisher Anne Sexton J.K Rowling F. Scott Fitzgerald Diana Gabaldon Chuck Palahniuk Jack Kerouac
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