Happy New Year everyone – I hope you had wonderful holidays / festivities! I enjoyed traveling and taking a much needed time out… (despite returning to bone chilling weather) cheers to 2018 with love and great changes to come 🙂
I’m happy to share the first author interview of ’18, I hope you enjoy reading these as much as I relish hosting them!
- When did you start putting pen to paper?
I started writing when I was six, but it wasn’t until I was about 12 that I became more serious about it and started writing my first book.
- What’s your literary poison – prose, poetry, etc.?
I like writing novels, but lately I’ve been doing a lot of poetry.
- Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Batman or Wonder Woman
- Which famous writer can you most identify with?
That’s a tough one. In a review for my book, Shadows, my writing style was compared to Gillian Flynn. I’ll have to go with either her or Chevy Stevens.
- What are your current projects? (*Include books, novellas, short stories, poems, blogs, awards or anything of interest.)
Currently just writing poetry, but I do want to try to start planning out a new book soon.
- If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book or writing piece?
I don’t think so. Every book has room to grow, but I’m happy with the was One Last Wish came out in the end. There are some parts that I’m sure have angered readers, but every scene in this book was necessary. Now the other two books, that’s a different story. I have a laundry list of things I want to change in those, but I’m still happy that people like them.
- Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write for yourself before you write for other people. It took me a long time to realize that by writing for others held me back because I was more concerned about what they would like or dislike. Once I learned to write for myself, my writing improved drastically.
- What were your grades like in English class? (A, B, anything less than this is shameful 😉
- How much research do you do for your writing?
I do a lot of research. When you write about such heavy topics, you want to get it right. The things that I put my characters through are intense, and I want to be able to accurately portray what they’re going through. I want my books to be believable.
- Do you write on a typewriter, computer, dictate or longhand?
I own a typewriter, but it doesn’t work. I write my longer works on my computer, but for poetry I often write it on a piece of scrap paper then transfer the polished version into my journal.
- What is the best advice you’ve been given?
My junior year of high school I let my English teacher read the first few chapters of my book Lost Voice. He responded by telling me that if I didn’t at least try to pursue publication then he was going to fail me for the semester. I’m glad I listened to him, because publishing that first book brought me on an amazing journey and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
- What book do you think everyone should read?
My current favorite book is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. I read it recently and fell in love. Its about WW2 and the holocaust. It is such a raw and emotional book. It was so beautifully executed I cried during almost every chapter.
- Two-part question: Do you play an musical instrument? And what instrument would you like to learn to play?
I do not play an instrument, but I would love to learn violin or the guitar.
- What process did (or are you going) you go through to get your book published?
For my first two books I published through the Createspace platform. It’s an independent publishing platform that gives you 100% control of everything. I liked this method as I was starting out because I didn’t have to pay any costs and I was able to get my work out there quickly. For One Last Wish, my most recent book, I published through a company called Bookfuel. It’s still an independent publishing platform, but it’s very much layed out like a traditional publisher. I was signed on by an agent, and got an editor who still let me have complete control of edits and primarily pointed out flaws, plot hole, and grammar issues as well as adding in suggestions for things to change. They designed a cover for me based off what I described as my vision (and made it much better than I pictured in my head) and formatted my book for me. It definitely cost a pretty penny, and it took me about 2 years to pay off, but it was worth it in the end.
- Who would you like to change places with… i.e. live someone else’s life for a week?
There’s this Instagram page made by this guy called The Doggist, who takes pictures of dogs for a living. He basically walks up to strangers and asks if he can take a picture of their dogs. How do I get this kind of job?
- If you weren’t a writer, what would be your ideal profession?
Outside of writing, I work as a CNA at a hospital and I go to school for Nursing. Alongside that, I’m also a self taught freelance photographer. I wouldn’t change what I do for anything.
17. Two-part question: Bill Murray or Chevy Chase? And John Cleese or Michael Palin?
That’s tough. Bill Murray and Michael Palin.
- What’s your most rewarding literary accomplishment to date (one that just blew your mind!)
My vows. I made everyone (including myself) cry when I read them.
19. What quote do you live by?
“If at first you don’t succeed, try try again.”
- What would be your ideal writer profession ambition? (famous Pulitzer Prize winning author, successful self-published author as a day job, etc.)
I think successful self-published author. I feel like having the pressure of people harassing you for the next book causes an author to rush through it. I like taking my time and putting out the best material I can, while still having time for my family and friends.
- Would you like to ask me a question?
Sure! What have you enjoyed most about interviewing authors? Thanks for having me!
The whole process really, I enjoy networking with fellow authors and learning about their craft while having some laughs.
Thanks again to Nicole for interviewing with me, be sure to check out her gifted work here: