There is so much that I love about writing. I love creating a new world and creating complex individuals, as well as mastering the craft slowly. I love to write a story that flows beautifully but also feel true to what I have experienced myself. I love the sense of beauty in that. Above all else, I have to say my greatest joy with writing is the sense of accomplishment.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean a lot to me because this is my dream, I put my whole heart and soul into everything I write. I try to embody a character and make it as complex as I can. The fact that someone/people out there actually like and appreciate my work is an incredible feeling.
What are you working on next?
I have started a new series, I'm still in the process of writing my first draft but I'm incredibly excited!
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My daughter actually gets me out of bed everyday. Although, I would say she inspires me too!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a stay at home mom for the time being.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I was 15 when I wrote my first novel but it was awful. Still, I'm thankful for the experience and I'm proud of the drive I had at such a young age.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is very complex. First and foremost, I get the first draft done just so I can see what I'm trying to say. After that, I cut out scenes and add scenes and then I perfect the wording and re-write what I have to. My process involves a lot of editing and rewriting!
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I was 9 years old when I first picked up "The Pony Pals" by Jeanne Betancourt. I don't remember which book I picked up first but I remember finishing the entire series. A few years later I picked up a Fear Street novel by R.L. Stine. It had been awhile since I had read back then and I remember feeling astonished at what I was reading. I was actually 'fake reading,' for the teacher and then I got into it and there was no turning back. After I read the fear street novels I moved onto young adult novels.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I went to school in a tiny village from grade three to ten. I didn't seem to fit in. I finally got the nerve to move for high school. Unfortunately, it was another small town and things didn't change as I hoped they would. In grade twelve, I got pregnant and married which really affected me and my family life. I moved out with my husband and I went through a lot of changes in that time, a lot of people turned their backs on me and a lot of people helped me as well. The thing is, you can never tell where your life is headed. I became friends with people I never thought I would ever even speak to, I gained an incredible love for a child that I didn't know was possible. I dealt with the frustration of marriage and had to overcome a lot of obstacles.
When did you first start writing?
I've written most of my life but I only began to take it seriously at the age of fifteen. After failing miserably, I vowed to never take a shot at it again. And here I am.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The main character, Ivy, struggles with social anxiety and finding her identity as a lot of us do growing up. As a high school graduate, she had big expectations for her future, however her drive for a dream fell short of what she wanted due to indecision. She was okay with being her sister, Alana's shadow. One day Alana goes missing, leaving everyone around her in shock. Everything starts to spiral out of control in Ivy's life and in all of Alana's friends lives. The more Ivy begins to investigate, the more the truth comes out. It's not pretty and it's not at all what anyone expected it to be.
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