There's a lot of joy that comes from writing for me, actually. The top two, though, is knowing that there are people out there that like what I've written--I mean, that keeps any author going, right? But it's also creating those stories, those characters and their lives, that I really love. I really get attached to the characters, y'know, and it's just a great feeling to bring them to life.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean everything. While I love coming up with these stories and these characters, I'm not just writing for me. I'm writing for whoever the targeted audience is, because I know there is at least one person out there who is like I was and needs a book to keep them going. To know that there are people who like what I'm writing enough to support me means a lot, and wherever I get is all because they believed in me.
What are you working on next?
Too many things to count. What I can tell you, though, is that it's Young Adult. My intended audience tends to focus on them.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, man, you're going there? Okay. Tammy Blackwell wrote my favorite trilogy of all time, and before that Kelley Armstrong's The Darkest Powers trilogy kept me going. J.K. Rowling is always up there, and I'm a bit of a Stephen King fan. I'll read Nora Roberts if I'm in a romantic mood, and Patti Larsen is absolutely amazing with her Hayle Coven Novels.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Food. The need to pee. The fact that I need to write the next chapter of a story so that I can update for those waiting for it on another site. Y'know, the usual.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. Talking with people on the internet, but mostly reading. I enjoy drawing as well, but it's a come and go thing, just like writing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Um, actually, I have this app called BookGorilla, and it gives me the daily ebook bargain deals. And then my mother tends to read the same genres as I do, so she'll tell me this book I just have to read. She's actually how I discovered Patti Larsen.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Man, to go back that far would be almost impossible. I'll stick with the first one I finished, which was The Forsaken. Elisa's life after she moves to a new town is never the same again--a bit cliché sounding, but I don't think it's all that bad; it's a bit of a paranormal Young Adult story, though.
What is your writing process?
My writing process is an everywhere kind of affair. It's gotten better over the years, but it's still a come and go thing. I'll write when I have the inspiration, and normally I have all the key details that I'll work my way up to. Once I've completed the story, I'll go back through and rewrite it so everything makes a little more sense and the sentences aren't as awkward. The rewrite process will happen a few more times before I'm actually happy with the end-product.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Do you want me to go so far back as to Dr. Suess? I don't think so. I don't remember the first book I read, but I remember the first time I was really impacted by a story. It was The Darkest Powers trilogy by Kelley Armstrong. I don't know what about it that I really connected with, but something about them being near my age and having problems that they worked themselves through really spoke to me--even if their problems could never happen in real life. Something about seeing--or reading, I suppose--others fight through pushed me to keep going, too.
How do you approach cover design?
It has to fit the story, that's the first thing I think about. If it doesn't have anything to do with the story, what's the point of that cover being there? It also has to be intriguing. Why? Well, even though we always say that we shouldn't, we do judge a book by its cover. If the cover doesn't look interesting, chances are, no one's going to really bother looking at the summary. Depending on the story, it will either be happy and bubbly, or dark and mysterious. It just gives someone something to look at, y'know?
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