I first started writing seriously when I turned 23. I have always been an avid reader but the concept of being a real author always seemed so far away for me.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ash, Blood and Bone started off as a recurring nightmare. Dreams of creatures that are like us but when agitated or threatened shift into beasts. The idea that beasts reside in all of us is a favorite of mine. We grow attached to characters that strongly represent the extremes in our society. I wanted to play with that concept by saying : OK, here are people that have the ability to shift into beasts, what drives them to keep their humanity? As well, what is the balancing point between keeping in touch with their bestial roots and achieving a human sense of civility?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My day job is a Pet Groomer. I have run my own small business for several years now. I chose to go with Indie publishing because it felt right to me. I love technology, so formatting and figuring out the business side of publishing was interesting to me. I enjoyed working on all of the different aspects of creating a book. However, I was extremely fortunate to be friends with an amazing graphic artist who was able to do my cover for me.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is witnessing the birth of a world. Characters, places, and creatures that half an hour ago were a blank word document now talk, breath and live. It is a surreal experience.
What are you working on next?
I am starting the next book in my Ash, Blood and Bone series. I also a have a collection of short stories that I would like to publish.
Who are your favorite authors?
Neil Gaiman, Frank Herbert, Tolkien and Anne Rice.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I have two school age children. I don't have the option to stay in bed!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing I spend time with my family, work, read, knit and weave.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was horrible. I was seven or eight and it involved our farm's chickens getting into some serious trouble.
What is your writing process?
I started Ash, Blood and Bone as a die hard pantser/ discovery writer. About a third of the novel was done I took several writing classes. I learned that I worked much better and made more sense when I was working with an outline. So I finished Ash, Blood and Bone outlining a few chapters ahead and working to that point, then outlining a few more chapters and continuing. This ended up with a really neat and structured second half of the book and a very messy beginning. So I had to go back and outline the first half and rewrote the whole thing.
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