How did you become a writer?
For most of my life I have made up stories in my head when I got bored, and I have long wanted to transfer them to paper where other people can read them. I wrote my first novel in high school, and I had my friends eager to read what I wrote every night. (No, you can’t read it. It’s terrible.) It took me about fifteen years after that to have enough discipline to write a novel that was worth publishing, but I’ve been working on the stories in my head all along.
Where do you get your ideas from?
I get ideas from all kinds of places. Sometimes I’ll have a particularly vivid and creative dream, and I’ll want to work elements of it into a story. Sometimes I’ll hear a song on the radio and want to write a story that captures that emotion. And sometimes I’ll be reading a book or watching television and want to do something similar or expand on an idea.
How do I get a publisher?
I think any author will tell you that everyone’s experience is different, and there is no one road to publication. I believe there is also consensus that, in some ways, getting a book published is more difficult than writing it, and the most important thing you can do is keep believing in your novel. But my most concrete piece of advice that I wish I had known when I started out is that you want to write your query letters like this.
Which of your characters do you like the best?
I would like to say that I love all my characters equally, but since many of them are sociopathic demons, there are definitely some I prefer to others. Bedlam is the most fun to write because he can say just about anything, but my very favorite character is Siren, because she's deliciously snarky and thinks like I do.
Will there be more books in the Earthbound Angels series?
Yes. It doesn’t have a title yet, but book 3 features Gabriel, Bedlam, and Michael. I currently have ideas for 12 books in the series, but I may stop at an earlier point, or write more books if I come up with ideas.
When is it coming out?
I'm working on it! No promises on dates at this point.
How long does it take to write a book?
The actual writing part? About three months if I am dedicated to it. But generally there are YEARS of planning things out in my head before anything gets written down. And months of edits afterwards.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favorite genre is YA paranormal, so that's mostly what I read. In terms of adult fantasy, my current favorites are Seanan McGuire’s October Daye series and Michelle Sagara’s Chronicles of Elantra. I am also a huge Jane Austen fan, and I wrote my undergrad thesis on Margaret Atwood because I think she’s most brilliant writer ever.
If you were a car, what kind of car would you be?
A VW Beetle – cute, chubby, and high maintenance