Q1: What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Into the Fire Book One of The Fire Series. A vacation I went on with my best friend to Seattle and the amazing food tour we went on inspired it.
Q2: What are five words that describe your writing process?
Visual, determined, consistent, scheduled, and evolving.
Q3: What authors, or books have influenced you?
Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, Jacqueline Carey, Ender’s game, Interview with a Vampire, and so many more. I’m a voracious reader.
Q4: What do you need in your writing space to help you stay focused?
Notes on character names and story locations, pens, notepad, my tiger's eye stone carved into a heart shape, and a timer. I like to sprint when I write and revise.
Q5. What, to you, are the most important elements of good writing?
Character, setting, and knowing the path ahead.
Q6: What is the best advice you have ever heard?
If your first draft isn’t a mess, you haven’t done your job right. I love the idea that you should enjoy writing and allow yourself to write badly. After all, you can’t edit a page if you haven’t put a word on it.
Q7: What is your favourite genre to read?
I've been reading romance novels since I was young.
Q8: What comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
Characters come first for me. I can put them in any plot but I have to know who I’m writing first.
At this moment I’m taking part in Camp NaNoWriMo. I’m revising the first book in my urban fantasy noir mystery series.
I’m reading Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine.
Into the Fire is available from most online retailers