There are so many authors it would take an entire book to list them all but some of my favorites include Christopher Pike, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Jennifer Armentrout, Maggie Stiefvater and J.K. Rowling. They have all had a huge impact on my writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I ever read on my own was a book called 'The Ghost in the Garden'. It was about a little girl that saw a ghost from the window of her family's creepy estate. I lost the book on the subway and never found out how it ended. I've literally been trying to find this book to finish it for thirty something years. It haunts me.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My job. My family. My writing. Coffee. I have so many good things in my life it's easy to get out of bed each day.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on the second book in my Dead Things series. I'm hoping to have it out by May.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend time roaming book stores with my daughter or marathoning shows on Netflix. I don't get to read as much as I used to now that I'm writing more but I still look forward to reading.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I don't specifically remember anything but that it was about a girl who sees ghosts. It was written in orange crayon from a notepad I stole from my mom. I was into the supernatural from a very young age.
What is your writing process?
There is a lot of coffee involved. I'm not a plotter, I'm a pantser so that leads to a lot of tears and frustration. I have tried to plot but what I get is a vague outline and then my characters completely derail my hard work so now I just wing it and pray that the voices in my head know what they are doing.
How do you approach cover design?
I always have a vague idea of what I want but then I tell it to my brilliant cover designer, Nathalia Suellen and she takes my ramblings and makes them brilliant.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books. Okay, Weekend by Christopher Pike because I had no friends and I thought the idea of going away with your friends in high school was so grown up. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith because it was my first series. Lightning by Dean Koontz because there was something so insanely romantic about somebody falling in love with your writing and willing to go back in time again and again to keep you safe. The Stand by Stephen King. I was so in love with this book in high school. It was huge but I chewed through it in four days because it was such an epic battle of good vs. evil. Finally, Pride & Prejudice because Jane Austen knows how to do romance.
Describe your desk
On my desk is a statue of a skeleton in a tux and tophat with light up eyes. I have two black skulls, a victorian box and a white candle with a little bird on it. There is also a dry erase board, several index cards, highlighters and sharpies.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in South Florida where alligators, cuban coffee and rich people all rub shoulders on the regular. Florida is a melting pot of strange people. I have embraced the weird. It is part of the reason why I have my strange supernatural town in Florida becuse if there was ever a place where I wouldn't be surprised to find a hidden town full of werewolves, reapers, zombies and other paranormal creatures it would be Florida.
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