Q01 – When did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
I have always been into storytelling and I played make-believe for much longer than one should, but I decided to become a writer after a prayer one night. I had never thought about writing until that night and ever since then, it stuck. I fell in love with it.
Q02 – Are there any authors who inspire you?
One author that always comes to mind is Mary Shelley. I was a sophomore in college and taking a humanities class when we were assigned the book, Frankenstein. This was the first assigned reading that I thoroughly enjoyed.
But it wasn’t necessarily the story but the author herself that pushed me to finish my first book. My professor was going over details about her life and shared with the class how her story came about after a challenge from her friend to write the most horrifying story.
She was also only nineteen at the time. Being nineteen myself and up until that moment, debating if I should write my own story or not this pushed me to do so.
I was so intrigued by the story and Mary Shelley herself that after class that day I wrote the first couple of paragraphs to the first edition of the Deadly Seven.
Q03 – What is your dream goal for your writing?
My dream goal for writing would be that it becomes my primary job. I enjoy writing and I find myself living in other worlds much more then I should.
I pray that one day all of those worlds come to fruition and people will get to opportunity to explore them with me.
Q04 – What is the title (or working title) of your current manuscript and can you tell us a little bit about it?
I am currently working on The Greener Side which is the second book in The Deadly Seven series.
It picks up right where the first left off and readers venture to the kingdom of Emery, with Mellena and her friends. Emery has been cursed with envy and the group finds themselves in the middle of a sibling rivalry between monarchs.
Mellena must travel inside the mirror along with help from Krispin and Minnie, to save the queen, while the others on the outside defend the kingdom before it falls to the Deadly Seven.
Q05 – How long have you been working on this manuscript?
I have been working on this particular manuscript for about a year now. If I’m honest it’s been a little longer because I lost the original manuscript, yes I know I can’t believe I lost something valuable like that either, but I did.
I lost everything excluding the first three chapters and the last three chapters so I had to rewrite everything in between. The new manuscript took about eight months and was completed in August of last year. Now it is in its final phase of editing and I’m hoping to release it in March or April.
Q06 – Do you plan your stories or just leap into the writing?
I try very hard to plan my stories but once I get to writing I forget most of my ideas and just keep going with the thoughts and ideas coming to me.
For examples with the series that I’m currently working on I tried numerous times to get an outline together and add as much detail but in the end the outlines I originally had for it don’t contain much information I used to complete the stories.
Q07 – Do you have a writing routine?
I am a night owl so my routine usually starts around midnight after everyone in my house has disappeared into their rooms. My favorite spot is at the kitchen table. The first thing I do is turn on some music.
It plays really low in the background and it can’t just be any type of music it’s always one of four artist. For the music lovers out there the artist are Ben Howard, Daughter, Mumford and Sons and, my favorite, Florence and the Machine.
I then, grab some tea along with my pen and paper (I handwrite all of my books before typing them) and if I’m not starting a new story, I pick up where I left off and write. I usually try and finish a chapter each night.
Q08 – What is the hardest part of the writing process for you?
The hardest part of the writing process for me comes when something bad has to happen to one of my characters.
It doesn’t happen a lot because I don’t want to create any unnecessary drama or pain in my stories or make them over dramatic but eventually, there are times depending on how one sets up a story where the option of death and a great misfortune is inevitable to the character and the storyline.
It’s very difficult for me to do sometimes because I have grown attached to all of my characters, whether they are antagonist or protagonist.
Q09 – What are your thoughts on Self Publishing vs Traditional Publishing?
My first book A Hollow Hunger was self-published through Kindle Direct publishing. I tried for years to get an agent but my sister found out about KDP and I thought I would try it.
I am still putting out queries here and there but I also do the best I can to promote the work I have out now. I believe in my work and I figured why not invest in myself.
Q10 – What is the single best piece of advice you could give to a new writer?
Don’t rush anything! Most of us would love to quit our daytime jobs and live off of our passion, which I hope will happen for myself one day, but it takes time.
Be consistent with your work and constantly be writing. Take the time to build relationships with your readers. Focus on the HOW and WHAT you need to get to your dream and not the WHEN.
Q11 – Are there any authors you would love to meet in person?
One author that I have always wanted to meet is Louis Sachar. Holes was a book that really got me into reading as a kid. The way he crafted the story and how everything came together at the end had my 11-year-old mind blown.
Q12 – Tells us why you love writing
Writing helped me get through a very difficult time in life. It allowed me to escape my issues without truly running away from them.
I love providing a sense of escapism for people, with my stories. I love helping and entertaining people, not out of any self-fulfilment on my part, but because people deserve to smile and have a happy moment every once in a while. I love writing because it feels like the one thing I was meant to do.
They say that pride is the deadliest sin but combine it with its six other counterparts of gluttony, wrath, sloth, envy, lust and greed you’ll surely be in for one lethal combination.
During an innocent festival, held for her kingdoms noble king, a sixteen-year-old girl named MELLENA GOODWICK is amongst the crowd when it is attacked by a once banished prince.
Escaping the attack in the kingdom, with her two best friends, Mellena learns that the prince has formed a group known as the Deadly Seven and as their infamy swells the kingdoms that compose her world each fall victim to one of its malicious members. With the return of the prince, she will learn that fate has her playing a bigger role than she had ever anticipated
Mellena and her friends must start from the beginning and restore the first fallen kingdom in their world. In A Hollow Hunger, they journey to Noel, a kingdom that has been consumed by gluttony. It is there where food and drink appear as soon as it disappears and where a pernicious queen has turned all the people within the kingdom to utter gluttons. Mellena and her friends must use their wits, unique talents, and clever disguises to stop the Deadly Seven and restore the very kingdom they call home.