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Why did you start writing?
It honestly started as a hobby. A friend of mine wanted to write a novel and I decided to write a companion novel set in the same universe. We never published them and they’ve long since been lost, but I remember sitting back and thinking, “Wow. That was fun. I should do it again.” So I did. Eventually, I started writing my own books just to see what would happen and published my first e-novella, Needfire in 2014. From there, I started getting short stories picked up by independent publishers and have worked on expanding my skill set. It’s now no longer a hobby. It’s a career, and I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.
Why do you write your particular genres?
I grew up reading Greek mythology, J.R.R. Tolkien and Goosebumps, so fantasy and horror are part of my blood. I devour YA fantasy books at an alarming rate and am a dedicated Marvel fangirl. I find steampunk to be absolutely stunning and incredible to look at, no matter what form it takes. Fantasy and magic have had a huge impact on my life, and horror involving monsters have always terrified me the most. That isn’t to say that I won’t write in other genres. I have plans for cyberpunk and sci-fi novels down the road, but as of right now, fantasy, stemapunk, and horror, and steampunk are my go-to genres.
Do you listen to music when you write?
I listen to music all the time, every day. It helps pass the time, and when I’m writing, it helps me focus. I have specific playlists that have songs to help me get into the mood for whatever scene I’m doing, whether it’s a creepy and tense moment, a romantic love scene, or an epic monster battle. I mostly listen to hard rock and heavy metal, so you better believe my epic monster battle playlist is massive.
What has been the favourite book you’ve written so far?
Oooo this is a hard one. Every book I’ve written holds a special place in my heart, but at the moment, I’ve got to go with Storm of the Gods. It’s been a dream project of mine for years, and I always get thrilled when I work on it. That said, there are more books down the road for me, so the favourite could change soon!
Do you offer books for review?
If I’m promoting a book, yes, though I typically ask them to go through a blog tour company. I only offer ARCs around the time of a book release, and even then it’s on a very limited basis. This is because of cost vs. profit. Giving away a book for free is costing me money, and I can only do that so many times. This is even more true with paper ARCs. I only give them to bookstagrammers I’ve worked with for a long time and who have a significant following. If you’re a new book reviewer, please understand that this is nothing personal, and just because I said no or didn’t reply once, doesn’t mean I will do so in the future.
Will you review my book?
I wish I could. I know first hand what it’s like to a) want honest feedback on your book, b) need help with promotion, and c) crave a few kind words to boost your morale. But the honest truth is that I’m swamped with work, and unless a major publisher is offering me a book to review for them, I can’t take review your book at this time. Having said that…
What advice do you have for other authors?
Keep writing. It’s as simple (and as complicated) as that. You see quotes everywhere from legendary authors talking about how the path to success is to keep going, and they said it for a reason. Rough drafts are meant to be nightmarish messes. It’s so difficult to get your book noticed with so many NYT bestsellers on the market. You will get dozens of rejection letters from literary agents, even if you write the perfect query letter. But rough drafts can be polished. Getting your book noticed means you took a risk and kept trying. Just because an agent rejects you, doesn’t mean your book is bad. I don’t know a single author who hasn’t endured everything you will at the beginning. Game-changers like J.K. Rowling, Stephen King, George R. R. Martin, and even H. P. Lovecraft all started the same way you did: with a story to tell and a dream to live. But you can’t get anywhere if you don’t sit down and write your book from beginning to end, and endure all the long nights, caffeine and sugar binges, frustrated tears, deadline panics, and second-thoughts that all authors endure. Having a published book, no matter what it’s success, is the best feeling in the world. The more you write, the better you will do, so don’t give up!