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What initially got you interested in writing?
I wish I could tell you some glamorous tale, but the truth is I can’t remember a time I wasn’t writing. My mom bought me doodle pads when I was four, which morphed into journals by the time I was seven. I got in the habit of writing words or snippets I thought would turn into masterpieces later. Sometimes I was able to work with them and other times, they were just jumbles on a page. I still use that method today.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I didn’t make the decision myself, not exactly. Waking Up was never meant to be a novel. It started off as a short story I was writing for my friend and neighbor, Amie, but she loved it so much, I kept writing. She was adamant someone besides her needed to read my work, so she pushed until I agreed to publish.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
Enjoyment—an escape from daily life. It’s why I read, and I hope to give that same pleasure to everyone who reads my work.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
The connections I’ve formed with others in the book community. It’s amazing to talk to people who love the written word like I do, who understand what it feels like to get lost in a story, and don’t think I’m crazy for it.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Sex scenes—holy balls, they’re the worst. Seriously. It is so hard. I’m constantly trying to make sure it doesn’t read like a how to manual. I mean, who wants to read, “insert tab A into slot B”? So boring.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
Write what makes your heart sing. Don’t write thinking you’re going to make the crowd happy, because at the end of the day, you can’t make everyone happy. Don’t rush your story. When you do it shows. Write it, until it feels complete. You can always go back and flush out what slows the story down, or doesn’t work. But most importantly…write. You can’t get anywhere if you don’t put any words on the page.
What ways can readers connect with you?
The best way is Facebook. I check that page the most, but here are all my social media links.
Facebook author page
Amazon Author Page:
Google + Page:
to explain the punch in the gut you feel seeing someone murdered. The sound of the gun shooting. The way their head jerks. That moment before the body realizes that its
essence is gone, eyes staring nowhere, devoid of all emotion, before finally
crumbling to the ground. Blood dribbles
from their lips and pools on the floor.
It’s like your soul performs one last dance before wrenching away to
find out what lays beyond. One last
morbid, horrific waltz, it gripped onto me and imbedded every detail into my
to be responsible for someone’s death, but I was responsible for this. My father was dead because of me. As he laid there, his eyes devoid of life, no
longer able to judge me—hate me, I looked up to the sky and silently thought to
my mother…justice is yours.