Would you tell the readers a little bit about yourself?
I’m happy to! First, I live in Wisconsin with my husband, our two kids, and our Whoodle, which is a wheaten terrier and poodle mix. Some things I love include reading, crafting, writing, singing in my car, shopping, and hanging out with friends. I love to talk books, especially those that are paranormal and fantasy. Some of my favorite series include Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs, Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling, Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan, and the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. I’m a huge Disney fan, love Grimm, and love seeing movies about books.
Which project are you currently promoting?
Twists in Time.
Can you tell us what the book is about?
The Twists in Time anthology contains nine different stories about time travel. The book is really unique, because each of the stories approaches the topic really differently. It’s a great way to sample the writing from many authors in one collection.
How did you come up with the title for this book?
It’s a literal play on the fact that each story is a different twist on time travel. You can also figuratively assume that time would move in twists and not be a straight path. I really like the title and the accompanying image. Kudos goes to the talented Marya Heiman from Clean Teen Publishing.
What inspired you to write this book?
UtopYA Con’s theme for 2015 was “Write Your Own Future” and was a time-travel/steampunk theme. We wanted to create an anthology that went along with that. Plus, the concept of time travel is just fun.
What made you decide to become a writer?
I love to read, and my whole life I have dreamt of stories. It is so fun for me to share those stories with the world and meet other authors and readers.
What genre do you generally write?
Paranormal romance is my usual genre, but I have also written science fiction and contemporary fiction.
What character out of your most recent work do you admire the most and why?
Well, I only have a few characters, but I admire my main character, Mallory, because she knows what she wants and goes for it.
What other projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on a novella collection from the Never Forgotten world. It will focus on some different characters, and I know that fans of the series will love it.
When you begin a new MS, does it start with an idea, concept, or both?
Either or both. Sometimes I am inspired by a dream, other times by a song or event. I never know when inspiration will strike, but I’m always open to it!
What is your least favorite part about getting published?
The lead time. Because my books are published through a publisher, it requires planning and forethought to hit a particular release date. I think in that respect self-publication is easier, because you don’t need to allow as much lead time.
Was the road to publication a long one for you?
Yes and no. It took me five years from initial idea to published book for Never Forgotten, but the other two books in the series were about a 9-month process.
Do you use a pen name? If so, why?
No. I guess I’m vain. I like seeing my real name in print. (
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully, with many more published stories. Potentially another finished series. I love to write and plan to keep at it.
What is the best advice you can give to a new author?
Don’t wait to build your network. Even if your book is not finished, put yourself out there, network with other authors, bloggers and readers. Also, read a lot. Reading makes you a better writer.
Where can the readers find more information about you?
There are lots of places to find me, and I try to check them all on a regular basis.
- A bookmark swag pack, winner’s choice of any Clean Teen Publishing eBook, and a $15 Amazon gift card.