Tell my fans a little bit about yourself and your books.
Hi, thanks for having me on the blog!
I have 2 series. Before & After series (YA), and Until You Find Me series (NA).
BEFORE YOU (book 1) is an edgy contemp YA romance set in Central Florida, about the forbidden love between a "good girl" with a secret past, and a Cuban boy on the run from his own demons.
UNTIL YOU FIND ME (book 1) is a new adult romantic thriller in which a young woman travels to the exotic rainforest of Cameroon, Africa, following the death of her father, a gorilla activist, and falls for a mysterious young man who turns out to be the heir to a poaching empire.
How would you introduce your books to someone that has yet to read them?
BEFORE YOU is West Side Story meets Perfect Chemistry.
What inspired you to start writing? What age did you start?
I've written as long as I can remember. I started writing as a way to escape real life.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
I love reading and nature and family and chocolate. Preferably all in one setting.
What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write. Read. Never give up. Repeat.
It's that simple.
And that difficult.
What’s your favorite scene/line from your works?
Love. It will ruin you. And save you.
Reason: I feel like this is love in a nutshell.
What's the hardest thing about writing? The easiest?
Hardest: Actually writing. Turning one letter into a word into a sentence into a book.
Easiest: None of it. It's not meant to be easy.
What are you currently reading?
Dangerous Creatures. Southern gothic magic. Doesn't get much better :)
What are you currently working on?
I'm currently writing book 2 in my New Adult African rainforest romantic thriller. It might be the hardest book I've ever written. But I love it.
What books did you read as a child?
As a child, I adored Goosebump books. As a teen--and it is still my fav to this day--I fell in love with the Fearless series by Francine Pascal. It's raw and gritty and lovely.
How has your life changed since you began writing?
It has become more free, to share my words, experiences, and characters with others.
Do you listen to music while you write?
I love music, but I cannot listen to it while I write. I prefer quiet so that I can hear my characters. But I sometimes listen to Rainy Mood, this website that makes it sound like I'm in the redwood forest, rain coming down. It's serene. I often lean on nature for writing inspiration.
What's been your favorite moment as an author?
All of the firsts. First agent phone call. First time on submission to publishers. First book contract. First time I held my book in my hand and smelled the pages and read the words in book form.
Out of all of your characters, who is your favorite?
Couldn't possibly choose. They all have parts of them that I love so dearly.
What do you want readers to take away from your books?
If they take away even one thing, let it be this:
HOPE IS REAL.
You’re stranded on a desert island. What books do you take with you?
All of them? Is that allowed?
What book(s) do you wish you would have written?
I think The Wizard of Oz is such a brilliant book. And Alice in Wonderland. Harry Potter series, too. But I know my mind could never create such worlds, so I'll leave that to L. Frank, Lewis, and J.K..
Favorite book character?
I love Alice, from Alice In Wonderland. She's a special kind of strange. If it was in fact her mind while sleeping that created such a world, I envy her for her intense creativity.
What is your dream vacation destination?
I prefer the Smoky Mountains--waterfalls, drop-offs, trees, nature, animals. That's where I find my peace.
Where can fans find you?
(Thanks for having me on the blog! -xoxo)