Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Honolulu, Hawaii but grew up in the Northeast United States. We were raised to be appreciative of various cultures, which shows a lot in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
My first short story was written for class when I was nine or so and my first novel not long after that. I hand-wrote my first novel in these little journals with fuzzy covers.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Cold Iron was really written for fun and to vent while dealing with my own internal questions. Mostly, it was written for fun. I basically sat down and started writing that one. The plot came later.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've tried traditional publishing off and on over the years and never managed to break in. I got lots of form letters and a few personalized, kind notes (great work but not for us at this time, and so on). I'm at an in-between point in my life and decided to take the work up again. And lo and behold, independent publishing is not the stigma it used to be, because I'm not the only one who has had this experience - writing and just not being a "good fit" or in most cases not even being seriously considered as a possible fit. So I figure I'll give it a shot and see how it goes. You never know unless you try, right? If this has even a small modicum of success I'll look at publishing some of my other works too - the more serious stuff. But I thought it would be good to start out with something light, just to put my foot in the water.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Those times when my writing truly touches someone.
What are you working on next?
Other than a sequel to Cold Iron, I'm deeply in love with a more far-ranging dystopia project I've got in the wings, as well as other commitments.
Who are your favorite authors?
Too many to say. In the YA area, I think my big 3 at the moment would be Catherine Fisher, Suzanne Collins (of course), and despite the less than stellar movie adaptation, Richelle Mead is an incredibly good storyteller. If I could plot and pace half as well as Mead did in Vampire Academy, I would consider all my deepest prayers answered. The way she handled pacing and back story in that novel was super-dreamy. And of course a fun story as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Work, work and more work. Most of it enjoyable.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations and just browsing around for what's cheapest (usually meaning free), then seeing what I like.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. ... It was a mystery and the secret was that the killer stole the victim's diamond necklace and traded it for cubic zirconia (or maybe glass). I was like 8 years old and this seemed completely brilliant to me, because I had just found out what these things were.
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