Tell us about your publishing journey.
My first full length novel, Angels of the Night: Discovery (Book 1), was published with Champagne Books in 2011. Before 2011, I’d written some articles for a local magazine and my university newspaper as well as penning stories of my own that never made it further than my computer hard drive. Champagne Books is an amazing publisher to work for and so I continued on with the Angels of the Night series and released Divinity (Book 2) in 2012. The third of four planned books in the Angels of the Night series, Deception (Book 3), will be out at the beginning of June 2016. I have another standalone novel, Keeper of the Gate, published with Evernight Teen in 2014.
I’ve recently signed with a literary agent, the amazing Sue Miller from Donaghy Literary, and I’m extremely excited to work with her. Stay tuned!
What do you love about being an author?
Authors rule the world! We are your imagination, your fantasies, your dreams. Movie ideas that go on to entertain audiences all over the world originated in the mind of a single person. That thought is pretty powerful.
Oh and I love to write! If I’m not writing I’m thinking about writing.
If you could have dinner with any literary character, who would it be and what would you eat?
I would love to have dinner with Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series. I think I’d take him for some fast food!
If your book was to be made into a movie, who would you cast as the leads?
For this question I’m going to focus on Keeper of the Gate published with Evernight Teen in 2014. Devin and Annalisa are the two leads in this story and I always envisioned Zac Efron as Devin. I’ve always struggled to cast a female in the role of Annalisa. Any thoughts?
What life advice do you wish you’d been given sooner?
This is a great question. The advice I wish I’d been given sooner is to not be afraid to put your heart into what you write. This is risky for authors because they open themselves to criticism, but I’ve come to learn over the years that in order to grow you must first see your faults.
Where do you write best?
Strangely enough, I write best sitting on my couch with the television blaring. I can’t work in an office or any quiet area for that matter. This has been true since university and I often found myself studying or working on essays in the campus lounge amid the chaos and noise.
What was the last book you read, and what were your thoughts on it?
Although I’m still working my way through the series, the last complete book I read was Riot by Jamie Shaw. I’m on book three right now, Chaos. I. . .loved. . .Riot and found my first rock star book boyfriend in its pages! If you’re interested in reading my review you can find it here on my blog. https://paulakennedybooks.wordpress.com Jamie is an amazing author who knows how to hold your heart strings hostage right until the end. Damn it Joel!
If you didn’t write in your genre, which other would you prefer and why?
I’ve always been a fan of science fiction and would love to dabble in that genre. As for the why, I love how conventional rules can be broken.
Where can fans find you online?
Come and visit me on Twitter, Facebook and of course my blog. Thanks for stopping by!