How did you start writing? My passion for writing spurred from a love of stories. When I was younger, I had trouble falling asleep at night. To help alleviate this, my father would read me stories until I fell asleep. But my younger brother had similar childhood insomnia, so as the older sister, I was often left to solve my conundrums on my own. So, I tried mimicking my dad. I told myself stories every night to help me go to sleep, and it worked. Eventually this talent evolved into an ability of creating written works of novel-sized proportions.
Do you write any other genres besides fantasy? Yes, I love the science fiction realm of this spectrum. Some others: historical fiction, paranormal romance, contemporary romance, poetry, myth retelling, apocalyptic. (Though some of those might have some element of fantasy). The only one(s) I have published now is fantasy.
Where do you get your ideas from? Without trying to sound cliche, I get a lot of ideas from dreams. I also pay attention to the world around me, because ideas can spring up from anywhere. Movies, music. People and conversations. My college classes in Poetry and Shakespeare were particularly inspirational. For example, Archer of the Lake was inspired by a dream that I had. I fleshed out the characters using figures and linguistics from Celtic mythology. Talking to friends and colleagues that share a similar passion for your work is also beneficial, particularly to bounce ideas off of. Friends don't let friends write ridiculous love triangles.
What are some things (books, movies, music, etc.) that has inspired you? My biggest three influences are J. R. R. Tolkien, Hayao Miyazaki, and Neil Gaiman. Fantasy is my favorite genre, and I find their abilities to create worlds inspiring and probably influential to my own work. Poet Mary Oliver is also a favorite. I'm also a big fan of Shakespeare and mythology, and English Romantic poets (Keats being the number one favorite, followed by Coleridge and Wordsworth, respectively). You can always check out my Goodreads page to see what other books I'm interested in!
What is your writing process like? I start with an idea, like inspiration from a dream. Then I let that idea simmer and culminate into something larger, until I am satisfied that it is something I can put to paper (or computer). Maybe I'll start writing out a few scenes. But my biggest thing is outlining. My outlines consist of long lists with notes wedged between. My biggest fear is forgetting something (which HAS happened). So once I think of ideas to add to a story, I try to write it down. I have a pretty good memory, but don't trust yourself to remember anything. Character names, bits of dialogue. Anything. Then, when I go to write it down, I start from beginning and work my way through the end. Rarely do I ever write out of sequence, the only exceptions is when I feel PARTICULARLY inspired to write a scene and I don't want to forget some flippin' cool wording I thought of. But usually I write chronologically.
Do you have any advice for any aspiring writers? Start, and never stop. From Mary Oliver, "Be ignited, or be gone."
Where can I find your books? On paperback, they are available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble. You can purchase ebooks for both Kindle, Nook, and other similar reading apps for your smartphone or device from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, GooglePlay, and iTunes. If you are a book blogger, I would be happy to offer a free copy of the book in return for a review.
Will Archer of the Lake have a sequel? Yes! It is called Prince of the Vale and is currently available for purchase for digital and paperback copies! You can find out more about it here.
When is the next book coming out? Who knows! You should check out my blog for updates!
Are any of your works available in audiobook format? Archer of the Lake's audiobook is now available for purchase from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes!
Can I get an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) of your book? Feel free to ask away, via my Contact Page.
So you're self-published. What does that mean? I'd be happy to tell you exactly what that means! Check out this post for full coverage! (Please forgive the angry tone in the post).
Who does your book covers? Archer's ORIGINAL book cover was designed and formatted by GX at Graphicz X Designs. The original photography for Archer's cover was done by me, and the subject is the beautiful Kelsa Warner who is also my editor.
With the NEW cover(s), the photography and editing was done by Olivia Cleveland with the same Kelsa modeling. The new model in Prince's cover is James Carter.
Would you come do a signing/reading at [insert setting here]? I can't guarantee anything, but you can always fill out the contact form to request an appearance.
If I sent you my draft or pitched you my book idea, would you read it and give me feedback? No. I'm sorry to sound harsh, but I don't have the time. I don't want to discourage anyone from their passion, but I have my own life to pursue. I simply do not have the time to devote to reading unwarranted, unpublished works. **I am no longer accepting review requests.
I am a literary agent-slash-publishing house-slash-other interested party, and I'm interested in representing you-slash-distribution rights-slash-other legal and business processes that require discussion and contracts. How can I contact you? Email me or visit the Contact page!