1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?
I’ve pretty much always known. My earliest memories of writing were when I was seven years old. We had just gone shopping for new school supplies and I used some of the loose leaf notebook paper we bought to begin writing a ‘book’. It was really fun until five pages in when my hand started cramping and my ‘book’ came to an abrupt ending one page later. Until recently, I held on that ‘book’ to reflect back on.
2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?
So far I have only completed two books(only one is published), but both took me about six months. I am currently working on another book that I’ve been writing for just over a year.
3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?
Luckily, I work a job that has a lot of down time in hotels across the country. Whenever I find myself in a particularly boring, or cold, city I usually lock myself in my room and write for hours on end. My first published book, Deceptive Perfection, was written mainly in the hotels of Detroit, Cleveland, and Minneapolis.
4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I like to mess with timelines. Either I have a couple running concurrently, or I jump around between a few via flashbacks. I find it gives my stories more dimension and keeps the reader guessing.
5. How do you come up with ideas for your books?
Most of my stories start out as random thoughts or “what if’s” when I walk places. For example, I’ll be crossing the street in Los Angeles to get lunch, and think “what if I were to be kidnapped right here?” or “what if I were to get a job in this location?” My most recent work, Deceptive Perfection, started out as I was walking a dog and started to ponder what it would be like if I did so for a living.
6. When did you write your first book?
As mentioned above my first “work” was completed at the age of seven, although it really wasn’t a book. My first complete book was written at age twelve. It was 100 pages typed and single spaced (I’m sure my mom loved me using the precious printer ink and paper to print this book) and I passed it around to my friends at school, telling myself I would publish it someday. As an adult I went back to the book and decided that it was riddled with immature dialogue and grammar, thus deciding not to go forward with publishing it.
7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?
I have so many hobbies and I seem to add new ones almost constantly. Currently, I spend most of my time trying to learn to code as well as the French language. I also enjoy rock climbing, hiking, and running. In fact I will be running my first 10k in November of this year. However, above all of these, my biggest hobby is traveling and planning trips with friends. In October, I will be heading to Thailand and Cambodia with one of my best book loving friends who also helped me edit my published book, Deceptive Perfection.
8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?
I’m not really sure about my family, as I sort of sprung this book on them as a surprise. They didn’t even know I was writing a novel until the facebook post announcing I was published. My dad did immediately buy four copies though, so I guess you could call that supportive? My friends are very proud of me and they all purchased copies as well as bragged on their social media about my being a published author. But my biggest support group is actually my coworkers, who knew about the book and pushed me to finish, most of them asking to be on a list to purchase before the book was even halfway written!
9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?
How much I genuinely am not a romantic person. My book is labeled as a romantic mystery, but really the romance is quite downplayed. I found as I was writing I really wanted to focus on the mystery and felt that I “was forced” to put a romantic moment between my two characters here and there otherwise it would seem like they hated each other. My next book I’ve downplayed the romance even more towards a true mystery, hoping to capture more of the male audience.
10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?
I’ve started hundreds of books, but honestly have only finished two. That’s the thing writers don’t tell you about writing–anyone can start a book, it’s finishing that makes writing a craft. I’m in the middle of my third novel, and let me tell you, it is my favorite story yet. I started this one at the same time as Deceptive Perfection, intending to finish it first, when the character in DP decided that they wanted to take center stage. My third book should hopefully be finished and available for purchase sometime in mid to late 2019.
11. What do you think makes a good story?
I think a good story is all about the characters. After all, if you pick up a book, and hate the main character from page one, you probably won’t finish the story. I also think most readers are willing to overlook minor plot flaws or poor writing structure for characters they can relate to and/or stand behind.