When emotionally driven Indigo falls for flirtatious Brian, her senior year quickly spirals out of control. Faced with the afflictions of her cruel peers, Indigo is quickly becoming numb to the world, and if she doesn’t start to care about herself soon, she will be dead.
Q. What inspires your writing?
A. The desire to create an escape where readers can explore relatable themes in a magical or mysterious way.
Q. What is your favorite thing about being a writer?
A.Meeting my characters, watching them grow, and uncovering unique plots.
Q. What is the toughest part of being a writer?
A. Keeping track of time frames. I might change one little thing in the story but miss how it affects another aspect in terms of time consistency. Revisions, editing, and proofreading from other eyes is essential.
Q. If you could not be writer, what would you do/be?
A. I am an English Professor.
Q. What would the story of your life be entitled?
A. The Writer Who Taught Writing.
Q. What is your favorite book of all time?
A. The Bible.
Q. Which character from ANY book are you most like?
A. Chyna Shepherd from Dean Koontz’s Intensity. She’s brave, strong, and stands up to evil.
Q. What character from all of your book are you most like?
A. Rian Field from my partial memoir. A large part of the story and how she responds happened to me.
Q. Which book would you love to take a weekend vacation inside of?
A. Gertrude Gumshoe by Robin Merrill. Gertrude is this hilarious older woman whom no one takes seriously, but with her eccentric sense of wit, she is able to solve cases like a detective.
Q. What is your favorite season?
A. Fall. The breaking away from the hot summer heat is inspiring.
Q. What inspired your book cover(s)? Or what is your favorite book cover and why?
A. The cover for The Gold, my middle-grade fantasy, is beautiful and magical and perfectly captures the essence of the story.
Q. Tell me something funny that happened while on a book tour or while promoting your book.
A. I was doing a keynote speech about self-publishing (two of my books are self-published) and started off with a clip from Jaws to show how intimidating it can be. I was surprised by the round of laughter from the audience.
Q. Are you working on something new?
A. A sequel to The Gold. It follows the bully (now in high school) from The Gold and we get to see how he is affected by the same magical forest that his victim Amanda was back in the fifth grade.
Q. Anything you want to say to followers of this blog or those that are just stopping by?
A. In a publishing world with literally millions of authors, it is hard to get noticed, but write your story anyway. No one else will.