How would you describe your style of writing to someone who has never read your work?
Oh gosh, this is like one of those questions where you have to describe what salt tastes like. I guess I would have to say its very much a mix of all my favorite authors style. You are what you read kind of a thing. Sarah J. Maas has influenced my style a lot. Leigh Bardugo, Kathryn Purdie, Danielle Paige just to name a few. Really its just a matter of what style I am reading at the time that tends to influence me the most. Which is why I try not to read in the genre I am writing at the time.
What mindset or routine do you feel the need to set when preparing to write?
It really depends on what scene or character I am working on at the time. There is a scene in Secret of Souls where two of the characters get drunk. So to prepare for that particular scene, I took a few shots and sat down to write. The next morning, not only did I have an awful hangover but my characters did too. For me, I like to know exactly how they are feeling, acting etc…. If I can’t relate or understand how is anyone else supposed to?
Do you take your character prep to heart? Do you nurture the growth of each character all the way through to the page? Do you proper watch to with development? Or do you build upon your character during story creation?
I have a pretty clear idea about how most of amy characters need to act grow etc…However, some characters tend to surprise me. Two characters in particular come to mind in Secret of Souls: Zadkiel and Chantrie. I wont spoil anything, but these two changed on paper. I had a completely different idea for them in my head. Sometimes the characters just take on a life of their own. They write themselves, instead of me writing them. Which can be exciting. Its also mildly annoying. I’m sitting there like, hello! I am your creator! Obey me! Buuuut, they won’t. So rude.
Do you have a character that you are working on that you can’t wait to put on paper?
Muhahahaha….I do! I do! I can’t wait for people to meet this character. Basically if Ramsay and Jeoffrey from Game of Thrones somehow had a baby it would be this character.
When did you first become interested in storytelling?
I am a really good liar. I always have been. I always made up stories and adventures that I had been on. I even had this whole story where Daniel Radcliffe ( Harry Potter) was my cousin, and I used to handwrite letters from him and show them to everyone in my fourth grade class. The teacher finally called my parents to ask if it was true. I figured I should use my story telling talents and put them to good use.
Do you outline?
This question is always a little hard for me. I feel like each story I write my process has been different. With The Age of Endings series I knew what I wanted the last line of the series to be. Which has actually since changed to the last line of book 1 Secret of Souls. I wasn’t sure how I wanted to get there, I just knew that I needed to start writing. So I did. The story came out organically as I wrote. However, I have since outlined book 2 and book 3.
When do you write/do you have a schedule?
This is crazy town, and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. But I spent over 6 months going over Secret of Souls in my head. When I finally sat down to write it I wrote it in 8 days. While working on book 2 and my other stories, I have tried to sit down a few times a week and meet my goal of at least 3,000 words a week. It doesn’t always happen that way since I have a kiddo to raise and I get distracted easily. But, for the most part I write at night or while the minion in at school.
Do you listen to music?
Yes. I listen to all kinds of music while writing. Classical, Irish punk rock, Halsey, Lorde, Panic!, Broadway. If I need to get in a certain mood for a scene I will try to listen to the type of music that reflects that scene. But other than that I am blasting whatever comes through my iTunes.
Have a fav writing snack?
Blue Raspberry Sour Patch Straws and Dr. Pepper
Certain space/place you write?
I write mostly in my office on my desktop. But occasionally I will head to my local coffee shop and write with my laptop.