Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. It has had a huge influence on my writing because it is what is familiar to me and is therefore what I write about. My debut novel is set in a similar community in Nova Scotia, although the one in my book is by the sea. My fave thing about living in Nova Scotia is that no matter where you are you can always smell the trees or the ocean.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first story when I was twelve. It was about a group of crime fighting kids. I strayed from writing as a teen but found my way back to it after the birth of my two children. Writing helps me escape from reality and is essential for my sanity :-)
What do your fans mean to you?
I hate the word fans. I always feel full of myself when I use this word. Instead, I call them readers. And readers are awesome! I'm a reader myself and a huge 'fan' of many authors. Readers are the reason authors get to continue to do what they love. It's crazy that somewhere half across the world someone could be enjoying the words I once wrote on a page.
What are you working on next?
I have two novels coming soon. They are a duo about a young farm girl kidnapped by savage warriors. If you like fairies, half-species, trolls and magic then these books might be exactly what you are looking for.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many! But some of them are: Stephenie Meyer, Charlaine Harris, Jane Austen, Cassandra Claire, Holly Black, and the list goes on...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Nothing! I love my sleep and would probably stay in bed all day if I could. Just kidding--kind of. I get out of bed to go to my day job as a military nurse and to take my kids to school. I have responsibilities, like every other mother. It would be nice to ignore them once a month, though ;-)
How do you approach cover design?
At this point, I have little control over my cover design because I am published with a small press, but I've recently been watching a lot of tutorials and making mock covers in Photoshop. One day I'd like to use the covers I design myself. It's all about mood for me. Does my cover show the emotion I felt when I wrote my book.
What do you read for pleasure?
I've been into young adult books for a very long time. Lately, I've been reading a lot more adult books and some--ahem--very sensual ones too. The books I read all depend on the mood I'm in. Most of the reading I do is when I'm in the bath. I've stayed in the bath for three hours before because I lost track of time and had to finish the book I was reading.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I loved my Kobo, but the screen is now cracked so I'm using a Blackberry tablet. The tablet is great because I can read books from both my Kobo and my Kindle libraries.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch a lot of movies, both on the tv and in theaters. I used to go the theatre once a week but this was getting to be an expensive habit. I also like to run and spend time with my family.
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