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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I am a mother of 4, ages 14, 12, 7, and 5. 3 boys, one incredible little girl. We are prior military, and spent a majority of our contract in South Korea, about ten miles from the NK border, and then in the PACNW, Washington State. I’ve been to Forks and La Push 17 times!
2. What inspired you to write your first book?
I have a huge passion for YA, paranormal, and vampire literature. My girlfriends and I had planned a Jersey Shore marathon, and it turned in to buying a Ouija board and playing all night. I knew that I had to make a story out of it! I wanted to create characters that mimicked some of the relationships in my life, and weave it in to a paranormal story.
3. How did you come up with the name for your main character Jaxx?
I really wanted, and felt it was needed, to create a mainstream character that young women could relate too. Someone who battled her own demons, and was strong, and weak at the same time. And not centered around a man. But with just enough romance to keep her feminine.
4. How are you the same/different from your main character Jaxx?
I am very similar to Jaxx personality wise. I am stubborn, and an introvert with my feelings, and I have lived with trust issues my entire life. Difference wise, Jaxx is learning her lessons early on, and of course, she is incredibly beautiful!
5. What would a twitter conversation look like between you and Jaxx? It would most certainly revolve around shoes. And Chase. And probably hating Bill!
6. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
It is so difficult to take a step back and revise. You have to take advice from someone else reading your story, and revise, revise, revise. I still know there is a lot to learn, and a lot of work to be done. I was actually surprised at myself, I was able to take the criticism and really try and apply the changes needed.
7. Finding Stones – stand alone novel or series? Why?
It is more certainly a series. Book two is about 20K in. I just couldn’t quit with Finding Stones. There is so much more for these sisters to conquer.
8. What was your favourite chapter to write and why?
I have 2 actually. I love chapter 3. It is so reminiscent of when 2 people fall in love so quickly. When you are young, love happens fast. You act on those first feelings, and the butterflies in your stomach. Adults analyse so much. It’s nice to remember those fleeting moments of young love. And I love, LOVE, chapter 6. Without giving away any spoilers, the moments between Arianna and Chase are so emotional.
9. Have you ever done anything strange or weird in the name of research?
Hhmmm….not really, aside from stalking every single internet page regarding Silver City!
10. How long does it take you to write a book?
I started last October/November. I finished in May. I write fast. Probably too fast, which is something I am working on with book two.
I just decide I am going to write. I don’t schedule, so I don’t feel so pressured to reach a certain amount a day. The children and dogs take up a lot of my time, so most of mine is done late at night.
12. Do you have any writing rituals?
Internet explorer must be up, children must be occupied, I have a blue star glass for sweet tea, and I read back over my last chapter. Get a feel for where I want to go.
13. What book are you reading now?
I have Need by Carrie Jones on the nightstand.
14. What new author has grasped your interest?
I love Carrie Jones, I also love Doug Roberts. He is a zombie writer, and is local as well.
15. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?