Q: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
My favorite novel would have to be Tailchaser’s Song. Where other enjoyed Tad Williams Red Wall series, I loved the development of cats and their existence in an almost fantastical world connected to our own. It was very dark and light in different moments and as a kid, it made me imagine my own cats at home going on similar adventures. I’m just sad Williams never wrote another book about Tailchaser.
Q: How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
You… definitely don’t want to know. Honestly, I think I have about two half-finished books that I am currently working on. As far as unfinished projects, they’re a dime a dozen on my drive where I thought it was a really good idea and quickly lost interest after a few thousand words within it. I may go back to them and flesh them out, but right now, I just want to keep moving forward.
Q: Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
Every time I read a new piece of fiction, it makes me think differently on it. The fact that there are infinite worlds and people to discover just amazes me. Not only that, how some people can look at such similar objects or places and describe them so differently amazes me. It’s like taking a moment to pop into the mind of the author and seeing their own view of the world.
Q: What was your hardest scene to write?
Hardest scene for me to write is ironically the fight scenes. Not because they are difficult, but I sometimes get lost in the moment and then forget where exactly they are in the room. Because of this I have to sit there and act out the scene myself in a mocking way to get oriented back to where the characters are. Thankfully, I have a few swords in my collection that helps in acting out the scene.
Q: Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
Of course. I’ve never suffered PTSD, but I wrote an entire book about a character who suffered it. I think if you are willing to put the time into it, you can write a book despite not feeling emotions as strongly. Not to mention, beta readers are always out there or co-authors to help you if you feel the emotions are weak. On a similar stance, but a bit more adult, I have met plenty of erotica and high heat level romance books who are asexual and they have been able to make it out there.
Q: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
I would say it wasn’t so much I realized it when it happened but looking back it was the spark that showed me power. When I was younger, I went from reading simple books and short chapter books to full length novels. Harry Potter to be exact. From there it inspired me to write and pursue a career in writing. That was almost 18 year ago, so you can say that it has definitely struck me and hit hard with how powerful the written word could affect my entire life.
Q: What does literary success look like to you?
Success to me doesn’t come in the form of awards or living a life of luxury. If anything, it just looks like me living a full-time career and replacing my current income with that of writing. To me, the other stuff is great, but it’s not the success but just extra perks. Obviously I want to be able to enjoy what I am writing too, because then it just feels like empty words and false money to me. Yea, I’m picky on how I earn my money and have to feel like I deserved it.
Q: How do you select the names of your characters?
I’d say like a lot of different people do which is through those websites like 1001babynames and stuff like that. Sometimes I event take it from mythology itself. Though most of my character’s names are built around a certain culture and the names found within them. Best example is in my latest work in progress being Shadow of the Crown, the Drow all possess names that are very Japanese influenced and even their culture has that similar influence as well.
Q: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t give up and stop procrastinating on writing. Just get out there with your butt in the seat and write already! Seriously, I was bad at procrastinating everything. Not to mention telling my younger self to be so self-conscious about her writing because it’s pretty freaking good if she would stop worrying about people who aren’t her audience caring about the books.
Q: Where can readers learn more about you?
I’m always up to chat if you want to reach out to me and talk about some nerdy stuff going on.