It’s not very exciting. I did the usual, go to a conference, meet agents, query…A LOT! Get rejected…A LOT! Then a friend of mine suggested Escape, and so I submitted. I was shocked when I got the acceptance email, and almost fell off my chair (I was expecting another rejection!). After that, things progressed fairly quickly. The process of writing the book and getting published is almost exactly one year.
What part of being a writer do you love most?
The ideas. I’m a very organic writer, and only do as much planning as needed to get me going, but I love writing and watching as the events in the story just happen—almost of their own accord! It’s very exciting!
Which part do you hate most?
I have to be very disciplined in order to get things done and the allure of procrastinating by playing around on the internet is often very hard to deny. The internet is such a charming companion—you could say it’s the devil on my shoulder!
What life advice have you been given, that you wished someone had given you sooner?
You can do it. Simple, huh?
If you could have a magical power, what would it be and why?
I would love to be physically invincible and strong, kind of like Claire from Heroes and Captain America. I would just love to be more adventurous knowing I can’t get hurt…or be killed.
I was writing a YA book review blog for a while and I was getting bored with everything I picked up. I felt as though I saw the same story lines and characters. So, I wanted to use the popular mythical creatures like fairies, vampires, werewolves, and witches to tell a different story. Then, as I was planning the cheapest Halloween costume I could last year (that would be Katniss—I already had all the gear!) I decided to give my main character the ability to use a bow and arrow and other weapons, so I stuck her in the medieval times.
If you could be a fantasy creature – what would you be and why?
See, this is better than would you be a werewolf or vampire question. I like options! I would definitely be an elf—I’m talking Lord of the Rings elves—those dudes were awesome!! They were fast, amazing warriors, lived in beautiful homes made from nature, and were immortal—and they don’t have to drink blood or change into a raging beast—I mean what’s not to love?
Vampires – romantic leads, or monsters that have lost their literary way?
I think vampires will always be interesting because they make good brooding bad boys and villains, but I don’t understand why the fairies and elves haven’t exploded yet. I think they are far more interesting, so I’m hoping Words Once Spoken can open that door for them. (But I’ll always like vampires in literature, which is why I allowed them in this book.)
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
Ohhh, that’s a hard one. Can’t I just pick a family? I would love to be invited to have dinner at the March family’s house from Little Women. As long as the ladies of the house leave the meal to their awesome cook—their cooking was always questionable.
Who are your favourite authors and why?
There are a lot of classic authors that I have inspired me so I won’t be clichéd and speak of them. I am really inspired right now, by J.K. Rowling. I think her storytelling, planning, and overall success is something to aspire to.
What are you working on at the moment?
I just finished another book that I’m attempting to get an agent for called A Chosen War. It’s about spirit guardians, who have been sent to manage the earth’s elements, have to find a replacement among the humans when one of them goes rogue. I also have a gazillion book ideas and half started books that I am struggling to pick which one to focus on, next. It’s like trying to choose which child you are going to cuddle with next!
Where can fans find you online?
I’m all over!