I am a graduate student in the sciences whose first love was writing. I write sporadically when I find the time, such as over breaks, in class when the lecture is boring, or when I wish to productively procrastinate.
What is your writing process?
My writing process? You mean there's a process to writing? Just kidding. My writing process has developed as I've written the Legend of the Voice series. "Reign of the Voice" was a very organic writing process where I simply started and watched where I went. I didn't really have a solid idea of where the story was going until I finished it and started on the sequel, "Children of the Voice." When I got to "Children" I actually sat down and figured out a timeline of events, scenes, and dialogue that I had envisioned. I'm doing the same thing, but way more detailed, for the third book, "Legacy of the Voice."
What do you read for pleasure?
Since I'm so busy with grad school, pleasure reading doesn't really exist. When I want to relax or read a quick book over Christmas break or something similar, I will do one of two things. Most often, I will pull out a Calvin and Hobbes or Garfield compilation book. When I want something of more substance, I'll usually pull out something by Tolkien, the Silmarilion, The Hobbit, or The Lord of the Rings. Additionally, I'll thumb through my complete works of Hans Christian Anderson, the Grimm Brothers, or my collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.
There is an abandoned mansion in Virginia called Underwood. It is haunted by the spirits of the past who are ruled over by Christina, a spirit consumed by rage and hate. Denied death, the spirits' only hope for peace lies in five unsuspecting teenagers who've just arrived. They must figure out how to bring the spirits peace while avoiding Christina's murderous intent.