The drawers themselves are actually always organized however the top is a completely different story. I have notes just drifting around everywhere, pens in every nook and cranny, and random items stuffed into cubby holes (including such things like a sewing kit, a wig from Halloween and a vast array of nail polish)
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the Sacramento area of California. I think the way it influenced my writing was the fact that I was able to meet a wide variety of people because of how big the city is and the way it helped me go about picking settings was how I imagined other places to be that weren't constantly bathed in sunlight and heat. I tend to choose to place my stories in areas that have more vegetation and a clearer distinction between the seasons in a year.
When did you first start writing?
I remember enjoying writing for as long as I can stretch my memory back. We would write very short stories in grade school and I would be so proud to not only have a unique idea compared to the other kids, but that I could draw the pictures that went along with it. I have always loved doing anything and everything creative and that to this day has never waned.
What's the story behind your latest book?
What I wanted to do with Drow of Darkness was have elements of fantasy which was where I included the elven community and the doppelganger curse but then I wanted to touch on very realistic situations. I chose to focus on a bond between two sisters because I grew up in a household full of female siblings. I know that even though we may be at each others throats sometimes, that the bond we all share could never really be broken and we do our best to keep those relationships as best as we can.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I had been trying to get my foot into traditional publishing for quite sometime because I thought that was my only option. It wasn't until I heard someone suggest indie publishing that I really started researching all of the options that were out there. I knew it was going to take a lot more on my part to get things rolling and basically all on my shoulders to market my material but I love writing so much that it is definitely worth every second I have out into this venture.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is to get everything that has been on my mind for so long finally into a rough draft form. That is the first time I see all of my characters come to life for the first time and whether or not they play up to the expectations I had in my head. Knowing that I had busted out X amount of words in X amount of time and that once that first word was written that I was committed to seeing it through to the end, I think that is what I enjoy the most.
What do your fans mean to you?
Anyone who enjoys reading anything I have written, I feel one of the highest form of gratitude towards. I find myself getting lost in the stories of authors I love and know that without them at times I may have allowed myself to go down darker paths in my life. Books are the best form of distraction I can think of and if I've been able to accomplish that for at least one person with my stories, then I feel like I have succeeded.
What are you working on next?
The next story I'm working on will also be in the young adult, urban fantasy genre but will deal with things that go on in the afterlife. I will be updating the progress via my social media sites once I reach solid junctures in my first draft.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
What inspires me to get out of bed each day is my family. I have the sweetest four year old boy and a most loving husband and a little girl who will be here in less than two months. Without the love and support that I get from them, I wouldn't feel the need to get out of bed.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time with my family primarily since I am a stay at home mom. I'm either chasing around a very energetic child or sitting on the couch and watching cartoons. I always cook a good meal for dinner and once everyone is asleep I can catch up on some television or some reading.
What is your writing process?
I always begin with the idea that I write a very basic outline for. Then after I've thought about it some more I make a more detailed outline and begin the first draft. Once that is completed I do a read through and take notes on everything I want to keep or change or explain on a higher level. I flesh out characters and work on the dialogue and do this a few times through until I do one final read through for grammar and spelling mistakes and then I get that feeling that I got it to where it needed to be.
What do you read for pleasure?
I tend to give anything and everything a chance. I mostly absorb myself in fiction and really gravitate the most toward fantasy and science fiction and anything that can keep me on the edge of my seat wanting more.
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