Oh, wow. That’s a tough one to answer. Probably Cassandra Clare. She is such an amazing writer. I think I could learn so much from her.
2. What's your favorite part of a book?
The beginning! I love being sucked into a story.
3. When naming your characters, do you give any thought to the actual meaning?
Yes! For example, Celeste is an Irish name to match the mythology in the book and a reference to stars which is a play off her supernatural “light.”
4. How do you get started with writing a story (as in, how do you start developing the story, how do you get inspired for it).
It varies. I get most of my story ideas from dreams, but sometimes something random grabs my attention and inspires me.
5. What advice would you give to people who "run out of creativity" when writing?
Take a break! Eat some chocolate!
6. How did you come up with the title?
Rua is Gaelic for red, usually referring to hair color. It’s a nickname of sorts for the main character in the book.
7. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
There are some themes I’m trying to convey: embracing your uniqueness, celebrating diversity, and valuing true friends and supportive family in your life.
8. What books have most influenced your life most?
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is amazing. I read her books over and over. Reading Dune by Frank Herbert as a kid really opened up my world.
9. What book are you reading now?
I’m getting ready to start the Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout.
10. What are your current projects?
I’m working on my adult urban fantasy called “Flee,” about a law student with supernatural abilities (out later this year). I’m also working on a girlie zombie novel and I’m still writing about the characters in Rua. We’ll see where that goes!
11. Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
Readers! I’m so grateful to the readers that are buying and reviewing Rua. THANK YOU!
12. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I constantly think of ways that I can make it better. I could do that forever, with every book I write.
13. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I’ve always been an avid reader and I wrote things here and there, but never anything novel length. One evening in 2008, I was sitting on my couch drinking wine and thinking about how much I hated my job. I picked up my laptop, typed “Chapter 1,” and started writing. I haven’t stopped since.
14. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes. I want people to connect with the characters. I want them to feel real. It’s a challenge to transcribe them from my head to the book (if that makes any sense).
15. Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. Keep writing. Study. Buy self-editing and style books. Learn. Learn some more. Write some more.
16. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes. THANK YOU! YOU’RE AWESOME!
17. What were the challenges (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing it to life?
One of the main characters is Wicca. I knew practically nothing about that religion, so I wanted to learn. I visited a Wicca bookstore, talked with some practitioners, and bought some books. On a logistical level, I have a career outside of writing and a family, so it’s always a balancing act to make time for writing!
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