When you truly love something, that in itself is what motivates you. I go through droughts – everyone does, from time to time – but when it comes back to it, writing is my whole life. It’s who I am. To me, writing is like (for lack of a better example) coming out of the closet, and saying to the world “This is who I am. You can judge me if you want, but it doesn’t matter. It won’t change who I am on the inside.”
What writing are you most proud of?
The Survivors Book I: Summer. Why? Because of the sheer number of people that I’ve managed to make cry. MWAHAHA-HAH-HAH! *ahem* I mean, because it’s my best work. Yes, that’s it.
What are you most proud of in your personal life?
As above – I do not draw a distinction between my writing and my personal life, they’re one and the same to me.
What books did you love growing up?
I loved and still love the YA novels of the late Gaelyn Gordon. Prudence M Muggeridge, Damp Rat is still one of my favourite books, even though I can devour it in less than an hour now, and practically recite it word for word. The sad thing is that I dropped my well-worn copy into the toilet by accident, and I can’t find another copy. Sad days. Sad days.
…Don’t judge me! D:
Who is your favorite author?
I have several, depending on which genre you’re talking about. Gaelyn Gordon is my favourite in YA paranormal. Raymond Feist is my favourite in Fantasy. Peter Benchley was another favourite in my youth. No idea why, I just loved his book White Shark to the point of obsession. Jennifer Fallon is my favourite world-builder, and also one of my personal inspirations because she is just a lovely lady. Mike Carey’s Felix Castor series were heavily influential in the style of writing I picked for The Survivors series – he showed me the power of the first person perspective.
What book genre of books do you adore?
Post-apocalyptic, paranormal and modern fantasy. I do read science fiction, fantasy, and occasionally paranormal romance, but I’m very picky.
What book should everybody read at least once?
The classics – Homer, Aristophanes, any of the Greek masters. Those guys really knew about wordplay!
Is there any books you really don’t enjoy?
Please don’t kill me… Harry Potter. I’ve been trying to read the first book for more than six months, but I just can’t get into it. I think I’m just too far outside the target market, and without nostalgia to fuel my desire to read it, I just can’t get through it. I’m not saying it’s a bad book, of course. I’m sure it’s a very good book, for the people in the target market.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be?
Writing a book doesn’t make you special. Any old slob can do that. What makes you special is taking the time to listen to your readers, to learn your craft, to constantly improve, and to always keep writing. If you truly want to be a professional author, then you need to be prepared to never, ever stop learning. Being arrogant doesn’t make you an author, it makes you an idiot. Being humble, curious and genuinely willing to learn makes you an author.
Genre - Paranormal Romance
Rating – R-18