I love to read YA fiction for pleasure. My favorite series to read over and over are The Immortal Instruments (Cassandra Clary) and A Wrinkle in Time (L'Engle).
Describe your desk
Describe my desk. Ha! My desk is my lap. In all honestly, I write from the couch on my laptop. I perch a full cup of coffee between my leg and the arm of the couch and put a fluffy blanket over my toes. Usually my workspace (the couch) is covered in trains and cars with a busy little boy using my arms and the screen of the laptop as a road or train track.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as a teenage. Actually, I started with poetry. After 9/11 I had some problems choosing the write words to say to properly express how I was feeling. So, at the encouragement of my English teacher, Mrs. Youngeman, I started putting my emotions, both good and bad, into words. The written word became a means of release and a cathartic expression of self respect.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book which is currently being written is about the unwritten and forgotten history of Sygin, the wife of Loki and the Norse Goddess of Fidelity. Really is a twisted path of timelines and crossed pantheons with gods, mortals, and witches from many parts of well known history.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy I get from writing is quite honestly a little selfish. I enjoy knowing that the story rambling around in my head is one paper. More so, I enjoy allowing my closest friends and confidantes to read it and give me their feedback. There is joy in seeing the red marks of an edit or suggestion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My "why" for life is my son. I have a five year old boy who needs his momma to be just as active and energetic as he is. The moment his feet touch the ground in the morning, he is off at a dead sprint. That being said, he is understanding and supports my coffee habits like a champ. One day, his spouse will thank me.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a teacher during the day. I teacher English as a Second Language in Moscow, Russia. On the weekends, we are (currently) enjoying the winter and the sports that come with mounds and mounds of snow. Between ice skating, running, pulling the kiddo on his sleigh, exploring Moscow and the surrounding region, and making random snow angels, my free time centers around my son.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is a bit random. I free write most of the time, and once I have a few thousand words written, I start the process of interviewing my characters and organizing their individual thoughts and stories. I don't edit until I've finished the first rough draft.
How do you approach cover design?
Don't just a book by it's cover, they say. I am, however, a highly visual person. If the cover doesn't grab my attention the likelihood that I will open the book or check the back cover for a quick synopsis is slim. That being said, I personally think a well designed cover is vital to a books success. It doesn't have to be fancy or brightly colored, it just needs to be well designed.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans are amazing. To know that just one person enjoyed my writing makes my heart swell. I can write for my personal enjoyment, but to write for someone else and to have them enjoy and devour it - that's an amazing and humbling experience.
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