Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? The beauty and therapeutic qualities of writing. Even though I’m writing fictional mysteries that really have nothing to do with my life, they provide so much therapy for any situations that I am going through. Writing is such a wonderful expression of emotions that provides a cathartic experience that’s addicting.
Do you intend to make writing a career? I most certainly do. In college, I don’t know how many majors I went through until I finally settled on Political Science. I love studying government, but I never felt like I had really found my “calling” or dream job. My entire early life, I had no idea that writing was what I had been looking for. I’ve found my passion and I want to make it a career.
What is your greatest strength as a writer? I think my action scenes, but that’s just a guess because they’re my favorite scenes to write. I love writing scenes where my characters are in danger and running for their lives because my adrenaline pumps right along with theirs.
Have you ever had writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it? Plenty! I listen to music until I become unblocked. I write with music and see scenes running through my head with certain songs, kind of like a movie. So, listening to music helps me “see” new scenes or work out a problem in a current scene.
How did you come up with the title? It actually took me until almost the end of the book. The title actually came from Alex, a Kythera member, who proclaimed to Casper that they were the mings of Charleston. It seemed fitting, because Kythera is like a monarchy that controls its members and those around it.
The first book in The Kings of Charleston Series.
Casper Whitley is forced to move to Charleston, South Carolina where she’ll be the new kid her senior year of high school. Casper’s upset about the move until she meets the Roman family’s gorgeous son, Cal, but there’s a problem. A mystery surrounds him which can be summed up in one word…Kythera. Never heard of it? Neither has Casper until she finds the word tattooed on cars, paintings and all her new friends.
After Casper’s life is threatened, someone is forced to tell the truth about her parents, the Romans and Kythera’s motives for her being in Charleston. Once the truth is revealed, she must decide whether to protect her family and Kythera’s secrets or walk away from everything she has ever known.
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Genre – YA / Mystery / Suspense
Rating – PG13 (No sex scenes, some violence)
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