1. Do you find it hard to kill off your characters?
Surprisingly no! That doesn’t sound right, does it? Sometimes a plot BEGS for climatic drama to make a point in a story, which ultimately means putting an end to a character—no matter how loved, or sweet, or wonderful they may be. You know the old cause and effect theory—a door closes to open another. It’s also a WOW moment for your reader—pull a trick like that and you’ve got their attention.
2. Who designed your cover?
My lovely web-designer Angela Llamas of Angela Designs (formerly Blackhole Designs) designed my BETWEEN THESE LINES cover. She’s amazingly creative and has great vision. She also has an uncanny sense of picking up on what I want. She created the websites for Lands Atlantic Publishing, Playlist Fiction and the other Playlist covers.
3. What is your favorite holiday?
I really love every holiday but Halloween has been my favorite for a long time. I think it’s because I love to create and write—it’s an excuse to be someone else for a day. (Not to mention the candy!)
4. How many times were you turned down form a book offer before you finally got published?
Oy. Well, my first book ANGEL STAR, was rejected a whopping 165 times. Ha. I know, right? The two that followed were picked up by the same publisher.
BETWEEN THESE LINES had a better run. It was the book that caught the attention of my agent and yes, we shopped it for a year but it didn’t receive as many rejections. I’m so happy it’s found its place with Playlist Fiction!
5. Do you think they regret turning you down now?
Most likely not. The number of queries and manuscripts received by agents and editors is mind blowing. I’m sure once a book has been passed on, it’s forgotten. Most often it’s just not the perfect fit for that person or publishing house. They may LOVE the story but have to turn it down.
6. What is your favorite book of all time that you can reread a hundred times, and it still feels like the first time?
A GREAT and TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Libba Bray. It’s my all time favorite.
7. What are you working on now?
A Young Adult Horror that takes place in an insane asylum and a Middle Grade fantasy. I’m also editing a super secret project that I hope to announce very soon!
8. Can you share a teaser of [book title] with our readers?
I’ll share a small teaser of my YA Horror – Marker 17:
“Room #25,” Stella announced. The gurney rolled beneath an unfamiliar door frame and into a small gray room, bare except for a second bed, which happened to be empty. Then, giving me a pat on my blanket covered leg she slipped out into the hall where the shufflers kept watch with empty eyes.
9. What scene was your favorite to write?
I love writing twists—anything my readers won’t see coming. If I told you, that would ruin the fun now, wouldn’t it? Muwahaha.
10. What were some of your writing goals?
It’s funny when you write your first book . . . some write it with the intention of getting published, others simply write because there’s a story inside their soul begging to be set free. That was me . . . I HAD to write. Still have to. When I finally had a finished manuscript my goal was to see it published. After it was published, I wanted to see it on a shelf. Then I wanted to give it a friend, so I wrote a sequel and wanted the same things for that second book. Then I wanted an agent to represent me. I’ve seen each of my goals come to fruition and I couldn’t be happier, but it’s human to always strive to want more—to be better and grow and climb. I have no idea what’s next but I’m game!