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When did you start writing?
I started writing stories when I was a child. In elementary school, I liked to write books about traveling kitties who were always getting into mischief. My principal at the time loved them and encouraged me to keep writing.
What makes writing your passion?
Even when I get down about my writing, I can't bring myself to quit. There are stories inside of me that need to get out.
How long have you been writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. Writing serious stuff though, it's been about ten years.
What was the feeling when you published your first book?
Unlike anything I'd ever felt before. So much excitement and relief. It was even better holding a physical copy of my book for the first time. It was like all those years of hardwork had finally paid off.
What’s the story behind your choice of characters?
In each of my stories, every cast of characters has their own reasoning behind them. For the first series that I wrote, Rituals of the Night, my characters are actually based on people I knew in high school with the exception of the villain. He is based on a person I've seen only in dreams.
What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?
The negativity around the term "self-published." With the world the way it is and technology on the rise, self-publishing is becoming a more popular route for new writers, but it still has a negative stigma.
How do you get over the “writer’s block”?
I distance myself from writing for a little bit. I'll listen to music or read. More often though I'll work on my art instead. I like to draw charcoal portraits, and I've found that's a great way to work on characters without actually writing. It allows me to bring them to life in a way.
We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?
I have wanted to be an author since I first learned to read. I'm determined to make something of myself, and that's what keeps me going. For new authors, I would tell them to get a tough skin. This isn't an easy business but everyone has a reason for writing their stories. Remember it.
If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?
I would tell myself to stop and enjoy the little things more. I always prided myself on being a serious teenager, but childhood only comes once.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?
Yes, I do.
I deal with the bad ones but considering the fact that not everyone likes the same things. Readers look for different things inside books, and unfortunately, they couldn't find it in my work.
What is the feeling when you get a good review?
Pure elation. It feels like confirmation that I'm doing something right. That I've had an impact on someone through the magic of storytelling.
Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?
Yes. As mentioned above, my Rituals series was based off of people I knew. As such, a few of the conversations and scenes have happened to me in reality.
Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?
I don't think any of my characters are really like me, but they all carry certain aspects of me in their personalities.
What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?
Yes. The book cover is the first thing that people see. Contrary to the popular saying, people DO judge books by their cover. Having one that they fall in love with is important because it says the most about your story before your story can get in a word.
Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?
I like to chat with my readers whenever possible. It's fun to hear their thoughts on the story and why they did or didn't connect with certain characters.