I've been writing for as long as I've known how to write. The grade school I went to was very encouraging when it came to writing short stories. When I became a teen, angsty poems took over for the most part because I could write them very quickly when I was bored in class.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northern Ontario, Canada. Most of my writing takes place in a mash-up of towns I've lived in. Being that winter takes up a good chunk of the year and I'm not really into winter sports, I'd like to think most of my imagination has sprung from growing up here.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
My greatest joy in writing is when I get the first draft finished, when it's all out on paper and I know how it all ends.
Describe your desk
My desk is a clutter of fairy figurines, various Pop Vinyl figures, boxes that look like treasure chests, and a black and white plush kitten.
What is your writing process?
I always start off with an opening line or two. I pick out a soundtrack...so far, AFI, Blaqk Audio, and Birthday Massacre have worked really well. I'll have a few characters already planned out, maybe a bit of story, but otherwise, I tend to just sit down and write, letting the characters themselves tell their story. Sometimes I'll know where I'm heading with the ending, but usually that gets figured out somewhere in the middle of the first draft.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It started out as a joke between my husband and I. Then it just kind of took on its own life.
What are you working on next?
I'm currently working on a horror novel set in a high school theater. I also have plans to revisit the characters in Blood in the Coffee Stream.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite authors are Neil Gaiman, Kelley Armstrong, Lisa McMann, and a bunch of others.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first one I remember was Leo the Lop. It was one of the first things that let me know it was ok to be as weird as I happened to be and that maybe that's just as normal as everybody else.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Blue Castle by L. M Montgomery because it's the kind of book I just keep going back to. American Gods by Neil Gaiman because it was the first book I read that let me realize I could write however I wanted to. Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett because it's really funny and sarcastic. The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken because it made me look at the world an entirely different way. The Visions series by Lisa McMann because it was a really good read that kept me on the edge of my seat to see how each vision would turn out.
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