Author of: The War of the Werewolves
The sky was
gray. Thunder rumbled in the distance as the storm clouds rolled in.
at me with a grin on his face. He raised his right hand and wiggled his knobby
fingers. He extended his razor sharp claws and curled his lip back,exposing his
perfect day to die.”
struck a nerve in me. He was playing with my emotions, trying to hit me where
it hurt so he could throw me off of my game. A growl built up in my throat.
right,” I replied coolly. “I’ll make sure that’s etched on your tombstone.”
As an introduction, could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was an
introverted child who loved to escape reality by writing. If I didn’t write I
would act out, so writing became a comfort in my life. It’s not what I do. It’s
who I am.
What is your book about?
fourth and final installment in my series about a band of misfit werewolves who
deal with every day life drama while protecting their town from those who want
to cause their loved ones harm. The series has been interesting to write
because throughout the books you get to watch these kids grow up, deal with
stress, love, school, and other bumpy obstacles on their journey. It all comes
down to a war between good and evil…and anyone is fair game.
When and why did you begin writing?
practically writing the moment I came out of my mother’s womb. The moment I could
grip a pencil I started putting words to paper. I could see these vivid stories
in my head and I wanted them out. Writing is the only thing that kept me out of
trouble when I was in school. The teachers knew that shoving a crayon or pen in
my hand would keep me occupied and away from dangerous equipment…like the
laminator I accidentally got my hand stuck in when I was in first grade.
Writing is a
healthy outlet. I loved every second of my troubled childhood. It opened so
many doors and has pushed me to become a better person and I believe it improves
What genre do you prefer to write in?
I like all
genres. I will admit that I do lean heavy on the humor in my fantasy novels.
Life has enough drama in it as it is, so I like to bring laughter to the world.
It’s really fun to write in all genres because it stretches my role as an
What is your biggest writing achievement to date?
The fact that
I actually published after I was terrified to do so, and not only did I publish
one novel, I published three (and four is on its way!).
What inspired you to write this book?
The story came
to me eleven years ago when I was sixteen. I was distracted in class and
scribbling on a piece of scrap paper while my teacher was probably teaching something
highly important. I just started writing one scene and then I couldn’t stop.
Who is your favourite author, and what is it about their work that
strikes a chord with you?
I have a
handful of people who inspire me. A lot of them are writers for the TV
industry. Bill Lawrence, who will have you laughing one second and in tears the
next. I am also a huge fan of Joss Whedon. His characters are so raw and real
and his dialogue is witty and smart. And lately I’ve been singing high praises
to Suzanne Collins. Her Hunger Games series has been on very opposite ends of
many a debate. A lot of people hated the later books. I loved them. I thought
she did a brilliant job moving the story along without losing site of who her
characters were in the beginning. That’s a hard thing to do. She made it a
point that her books were more than about teenagers and love. She made it about
society as a whole and drew on our negative realities in life. Some of her
stuff breaks my heart, but a writer’s job is to evoke emotion. She succeeded.
What book are you reading now, and would you recommend it?
I’ve read it
before, but I’m reading it again. Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” was phenomenal.
The way she set the book and made you compassionate about the characters was
nothing short of amazing. I felt like I was in the story. I was immersed.
What are your current projects?
up book four of my series and I’m trying to work on releasing a short story
with the book, as well. After The Barking Mad Series is done I plan to move on
to an espionage thriller. I’m excited about it, because it’s different than all
of my other stories.
Where and when do you do most of your writing?
anywhere. Sitting in the car, if a line comes to me I record it for later. Sitting
in class, if I think of a perfect way to end a scene I’m writing it down while
the teacher is talking. If I’m outside walking my dog I’ll tell my idea out
loud to him, so I won’t forget it before we get home. I can write anywhere,
anytime, any place.
What would you say was the hardest part of writing your book?
Trying to come
up with an ending that satisfies all readers. I’ve known from the beginning how
it’s going to end, and I don’t doubt I’ll piss off some fans, but not because I
mean to. It’s just not possible to write a satisfactory ending for everyone.
Who designed your book cover – and was the cover something you deemed
want the cover to be unique, creative, and eye-catching. I designed all of my
Did you try to go down the route of traditional publishing first – or
did you feel that self-publishing was right for you from the beginning?
I started in
traditional publishing and while I was waiting to hear back from agents I
decided to do some digging about self-publication. Once I realized how easy it
was I just did it myself.
On the whole, how have you found self-publishing?
If you know
what you’re doing it is extremely easy. But like a lot of things in life, there
are a lot of instructions to follow. I did a lot of research before I self
published, and I’m glad I did. Otherwise I would not have been ready for it!
Where can we buy the book?
Barnes and Noble.com both have digital copies on Kindle and Nook. There are
also paperbacks for sale on Amazon.
Do you have a website or blog where we can keep tabs on you?
I have a
facebook page where I update with character quotes, blurbs, and general information
as often as I can. I also have a twitter that I don’t use as often as facebook.
I'm a terrible internet nerd. Right now I do not have a full working webpage. I
am in the process of building one.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you
feel and write for you. It doesn’t have to make sense. You can go back and edit
it later. Have fun with your stories. Never get discouraged. Believe in yourself
and believe in your writing. Learn to accept criticism, but don’t compromise
your story just to please a few people. It’s impossible to please everyone, so
just focus on your own happiness. Take a few risks and stand by them. Now that
I read that back I realize that I sound like a fortune cookie.
And, finally, do you have anything else that you’d like to say to
Butter Jelly Time. Ha. No, in all seriousness I wouldn't be where I am today
without my readers. So from the bottom of my heart I thank anyone who has ever
read anything I've ever written, from my award winning story scribbled in
markers in first grade to my self-published novels that I have out today. It
means the world to me that my words actually reach people, that they care about
my characters as much as I do. As a writer the only time I have trouble with
words is when I am thanking my fans...and that's simply because I don't think I
can put into words just how much I appreciate the support.