Introduce yourself and tell us what kind of author you are. I’m a fantasy reader and writer. I need the magic and the bit of wonder that comes with writing something with magic and mystery.
What made you start writing? I’d love to say I’ve been a writer all my life, but that’s not the case. I did enjoy writing in high-school, but I never thought I’d become a published writer. A client of mine actually asked me for head shots of her for her novel and we started talking during the shoot and I just had this thought that if she could do it, then so could I. And so I did.
Tell us about your book(s). Fae Rising is a story that follows two main characters through the series. Their fae world is very broken and dangerous. Ara, the female high fae, learns that she’s is tied into the very roots of the world and is chosen to be a savior. She has to learn to do things on her own, which is fine, since her parents were secretly training her, but then they die and she’s all alone and the first book is really about her choice to go on the journey the rest of the series will take her on. She meets a moody prince and things get wild in book two. Meanwhile, Temir is a lesser fae and really only alive because he has a magical ability, which is rare in this world. With the ability to heal, the northern king takes him as a prisoner basically, assuming that Temir will be his key to immortality as he tries to take control of the world. But Temir ends up with new plans as the series continues. Eventually, they do come together, but it happens in book 2 and ultimately book three, where the big battle happens.
Who is your favorite character that you’ve ever written? I’m actually working on Tides and Ruin now, which will be a stand-alone spin-off to the Fae Rising series and the main character in that series is a siren. Her love interest is one of my very favorites, but it’s so hard to pick between them all. You’ll find a found family in my series and choosing between them is just not possible. There is a side part character that has such a special place in my heart. Her name is Loti and she works in the Flame Court kitchens.
Do you have a character that you really dislike? No. I love all the characters because they all have their own motives and reasons for why they act the way they do. Except maybe Lichen. That guy’s a dick.
Do you see yourself in any of your characters? Literally all of them. I can hear my own voice in them all. It’s what I love about creating such compelling and well-rounded characters with growth and depth. They all have their own story to tell and some of them we watch from the sidelines, but they all come from me. The way they think, the way they react. All of it. I am very empathetic, which means I can put myself into all of their minds, I can feel all the things they each feel and I can imagine how they will all react, even though it’s not always the same as another character. I think I’m actually just a weirdo. But that’s fine.
Tell us about your writing & editing process. Writing Fae Rising was like crawling into a hole and just living in the story as it poured out of me. The characters dragged me kicking and screaming through some parts, I cried with them, I laughed with them. I forgot there was a world outside of Alewyn for a while because I just couldn’t get enough of them. I wrote the first three books in 4.5 months. It was exhilarating and fulfilling and the most magical journey I’d ever been on. I’m a heavy plotter so I knew where I wanted the story to go, I knew the basics of what was going to happen from the very first day. Editing was a whole other beast. It took a lot longer to learn the things I didn’t know, find a proper editor, and really learn about marketing and social media. I thought the writing was the hard part until I had to shred that story apart and really get critical.
How do you deal with feedback? I won’t lie and say feedback is easy. Especially at first. But, it’s a learning process and now I think I’ve developed a pretty open mind about it. I’ve learned that every single person that opens the book is looking for something different. And I’m not going to write the story that EVERYONE loves. I’m going to write the story that a few adore, a few pass up, and I love. And that’s okay because I’m a reader. If I could go back and change some things, I would. I’d probably give Ara more romance in the first book because the ladies love their romance. But as a reader, that’s not something I have to have right away, so I didn’t know that would be so important to everyone else. It gets there though, in the most epic and smutty way possible and I’m really proud of that enemies to lovers story arc.
What’s your writing fuel? I am my own fuel. I don’t snack when I write, I drink a lot of water and push myself over the hurdles. Writing emotionally is a mindset and you’ll learn when you’re done with my series. It was always about emotions.
Do you have a favorite time/place to write? I will write anywhere. When I’m in the mood, I’ll pop on celtic music and just zone out, getting lost in my own world. I do think I write better at night time when my three kids are sleeping and my husband is working. There’s a certain peace at that time. Or maybe it’s just the moon.
Do you enjoy reading yourself? If yes, what genres and what is your favorite book? I LOVE to read. I’ve struggled a bit since becoming an author. I’ve learned a lot of things along the way so it’s very hard for me not to read critically now, looking at silly things like dialogue tags and sentence structure, and character consistencies. It takes a little bit of the fun out of reading when you have to remind yourself that you’re supposed to be having fun. ha I could never in my life pick a favorite book though. I love so many. Anything with fantasy elements and a bit of romance and I’m there.
Who’s your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration… This is such a hard question. I am inspired by the millions of people around this world that tell themselves “One day, I’m going to write a book.” I’m inspired by women, who run this world. I’m inspired by every person that’s ever picked up a pen or opened their computer and began a story. Because that’s where the magic happens. When we crawl into our minds and create from nothing. I’m inspired by the minds of children, who see wonder in so much more of the world than the rest of us.
What’s changed for you since releasing your first book? I’ve only been a published author for five months. And in those months, I’ve released 3 books, written a 4th, editing it, and announced it to the world. I’d say the change has been my own confidence. I didn’t know the success this story would have until all the messages of love and encouragement starting coming in. Until readers from all over the world have taken the time out of their days to stop and tell me I’ve pulled them out of a reading slump, or got them into reading, or even sent them to other books like mine that they never would have read before.
What do you want to say most to your readers? I want all the readers to know that as an indie author, those reviews are so important. Not just on Goodreads, but on other platforms too. Pop over to amazon and leave that review. See if it’s on Barnes and Noble or another distributor and leave it there too. But be kind. It’s not hard to leave a critical review without kindness. We do read those reviews. We do work really hard on these stories. We do have feelings. We are people. Aside from that, I want to thank each and every person that read anything I wrote. I’m available on social media. I love hearing from readers and I really can’t wait to rock your worlds with Tides and Ruin, which is honestly the best book I’ve ever written.
Are you currently working on anything? Can you share some secrets? Right now I’m working on Tides and Ruin. I can’t share TOO much about it, but I will say that we get to see a glimpse from most of our favorite characters and there’s a good chunk of this story that happens under the sea. And let me tell you, I’ve done a ton of research from this book and while most writers end up avoiding the under the sea part (Because do they even sleep in beds? How can read books? Does everything just… float around?) I’ve gone there. It’s under the sea, and you’ll probably cry.