While I firmly believe inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere, I get up each day to take care of my family. They are the most important people in my life and I they are am amazing source of inspiration and motivation for me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I can get pretty busy when I am not working on school-related assignments and writing. I help my family and my in-laws frequently. I take care of play with my kids. I also do a lot of group activities on Facebook. I share information, funny cat videos, and more but I also use it as a tool to reach out to others and help them as best I can. When I can, I do it in my own community as well.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Actually, yes and I still have it. Well, it was an adaption I did in kindergarten. My older brother had visited with his class. We worked on it together. We wrote our own version of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? It written by both of us in his handwriting and I did the artwork. It was printed, laminated and then bound. We still have it in our keepsakes.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing ever since I was a kid, but I never wanted to publish anything until a few years ago. I was horribly protective of my writing and dreaded the idea of others reading it. But it's been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. Then one night I saw an ad for a creative writing program for Full Sail University. So I enrolled. Since then, I have overcome many of my fears and publishing is my dream.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to imagine what best captures the story without giving the whole thing away. My covers can contain a lot of symbolism if you know what to look for.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a tough one. That's like asking me which kid I like more. But like my kids, I love them for different reasons. This would be easier if I was asked what my top three favorite movies are. But since it's not, here goes:
1) Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice- I first read this book when I was seven and I loved it. I have read it several times since. Anne Rice is one of my favorite authors. This showed me the darkness in the world and how it could be beautiful at the same time. It showed me that life isn't black and white. Bad guys could have a heart and good guys didn't always show up to rescue the princess. It was a more realistic look at life than Disney. 2) The Giver by Lois Lowry- Who hasn't felt like they were different? For many of us, being different from everyone turns out to be a temporary phase. But for me, this isn't the case. I get told often how weird I am. Jonas helped make that difference more like a badge and helped me feel that being different wasn't bad and so much good could come from it. 3) Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion- There is nothing I love more when it comes to stories than an unusual zombie story. I love zombies. Nothing seems to be scarier than the idea that something could kill your loved ones and then turn them in mindless eating machines that could kill you. But Warm Bodies was different and wonderfully so. As it goes #LoveWins.
What do you read for pleasure?
I read all kinds of things. I love variety. So at any time, I could be reading horror, fantasy, science fiction or a comic book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle but I haven't used it in some time. I have reading either off of paper or my phone. I like my Kindle, but my phone is easier to carry and when I can relax at home, I love the smell of books.
Describe your desk
Well, I don't have one right now. I use my laptop and move around from place to place depending on activities. If I had one, it would be messy and covered with office supplies. I love office supplies. I don't even know why.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up partly in Colorado Springs, CO and partly eastern plains Colorado. You will discover that a lot of the locations I use are in Colorado or the mountains. That's because I love the mountains and I know Colorado locations the best.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The story behind my Trainwreck series is interesting. She was born in a class for environmental and historical research. She was raised by my influences in my life such as the LGBT community, atheism and more. She is a huge part of me.
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