Once upon a time, a common boy fell in love with a princess. It was a hopeless, forbidden love, grown in a world where sorcery and magic rule over all. Now, dark times are brewing, and destiny will bring them together, while fate works to keep them apart. Extraordinary battles will be fought, and extraordinary choices made. Join the author of The Alexa Montgomery Saga for the beginning of a tale of star-crossed lovers and magic, of hope and love and loss, of desperate wishes made on stars.
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1. Have you always dreamed of becoming an author?
If not, what inspired you to become one?
I have always been a writer, if that’s what you mean. I love to write, and feel like it’s in my DNA. I wrote before I ever even considered making money off of it. My mother always told me I could do it for a living, but I thought nothing of that, because to me it was like telling me I could make money from breathing- what I mean is that I thought, yea sure, that’d be great, but I’m gonna do it with or without being paid for it anyway. So yes and no. I was already an author, and have never felt the need to be validated by others. I just recently found out that I could make a living doing it. It was a nice surprise, to say the least.
2. What were your favorite books growing up as a child?
Have your tastes in books changed since then?
I loved the Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine, and the works of Edgar Allen Poe. My mother didn’t believe in restricting reading material, so I was handed very mature works at a very immature age. I think I gravitate toward the macabre, and still do, as my all-time favorite author is Stephen King. I like any story that is told well, though. I like love and heartache, pain and peace, just as long as the words fall right.
3. Are any of your characters based off of people in real life?
Like yourself or friends?
All of them. Many of them are just different parts of me, as we all go through so many changes in our lives that we can be a completely different person than we were a year ago, or a month ago, or a day. I pick out interesting people, and study them in an almost creepy manner. I take traits from everyone I know, and my family who reads my books notice it all the time. Everyone is subject to end up in a book, myself included.
4. When you get writer's block, if you get it at all xD,
what do you do for fun to get inspired?
I call my mom first. I complain to her about how depressed I am, tell her that I’m not built for this, that the world is ending and for her to cry for me when I fade away into horrible oblivion. She listens, then tells me how I’m always this way and she’s worried. To which I become indignant, saying I’ve given her no reason to worry, I’m perfectly fine. Then she tells me to go write, that writing is the only way to fix it, and I listen to what I’m told. She helps me through all of my stories. She helps me so much that I’m not sure I could do it without her. She is my Ideal Reader. The one I still call from across the country and make listen to whatever I’ve written. She never steers me wrong. She reads more than anyone I know-and I know a lot of readers- and she reads everything. I’m probably gonna help her self-pub a book soon, and you should look out for it if you like my work at all, because she is the one who nurtured my writing.
If that doesn’t work, I go watch shitty TV shows and kill zombies on Call of Duty. And I read, of course. Reading is a sure way to recharge creative batteries.
5. I've heard that the Surah Stormsong novels are a spinoff of your bestselling Alexa Montgomery series, is that true?
If it is, can you tell us the differences and similarities between the two?
It is true. And it would be easier to list the similarities, because the two are nothing alike. Surah has a lighter feel, one that’s not so heart-wrenching from start to finish, maybe not as dark. I really wanted to give my readers a breather, let them lick their wounds before I shoved my hand through their chests and ripped their hearts out again. Shooting Stars is a love story at its core. And this book is just the beginning. I wanted it to be about two people whose love was so great that they could (hopefully) overcome incredible odds. I think the readers will be pleased with this one, especially as the story continues into book two and three.
As far as the main character goes, Alexa and Surah are very different. Surah is more controlled, wiser, thinking before acting, but she is no less strong or fearsome. I’ve grown very fond of her already.
It would have to be American food. I love steaks and burgers and hotdogs and simple stuff like that. Also, American food is really just a melting pot of all the other cultures, so I would still get everything.
Werewolf or Vampire? Depends on personality.
The Hunger Games or Twilight?
Oh, hard one. I loved Twilight when I first read it, and Hunger Games too..Hmmm, tie.
Day or Night? Night.
Winter or Summer? I need both. By the middle of each, I always miss the other.
Rainy Day or Sunny Day? Again, both. I love to be out in the sunshine, but there’s nothing better than curling up with a good book on a rainy day.
Can't wait to read Shooting Stars!
Thank you for having me!