Thanks so much for being on today!
You have several books under your belt now and you’ve published them all yourself. What made you decide to do this? Did you go through trying to traditionally publish, or did you know right away that this was what you wanted?
I did try going the traditional route first. I sent out hundreds of query letters trying to get an agent and in the end got over 140 rejection letters. So I decided “why not?” with self-publishing and it has been so amazing! The publish world has changed so in the past 5 years and it has been a wonderful ride.
What I Didn’t Say is contemporary and your other books are more paranormal & dystopian, what made you decide to write a contemporary story?
I really just go wherever the muse takes me. I had some experiences in my own life that I wanted to base a story on and there was the idea of having a mute character in my head. It was a challenge.
Do you think you’ll write more contemporary?
I’ve learned to never say never with my writing, lol! Never thought I’d write a science fiction/dystopian and then Eden happened! I don’t have another contemporary planned, but we shall see!
You recently had a cover change for the Fall of Angels Trilogy. Why did you decide to do this? Do you think it has made an impact on sales? (BTW, they are gorgeous!)
It certainly has made an impact. I decided to change them because the old ones felt so plain to me. But I still loved the images of the models so I decided to integrate them into the new covers.
In What I Didn’t Say Jake loses his ability to speak. Have you ever experienced anything like that? Is there a reason you wrote about that instead of some other tragedy like losing his sight or hearing.
Like I said, it was a challenge to me to write about a mute character. It was something that I’d never seen done before. It seemed so hard to me! I was scared to death so start this book, but in the end it was a very rewarding experience, one that made me grow as a writer.
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