1.) When did you first get serious about writing?
A.) When I was sixteen years old, still a junior in high school. The Twilight Saga had a very profound effect on me. And after reading the books and watching the first film a few times, I had the sudden urge to write. I wanted to write fiction, and I wanted to write young adult romance. The result was my first novel, Emerald Green. Even now, I don't really know why the overwhelming urge to make up stories came over me. But I am so grateful that it did.
2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?
A.) Sometimes, you want to get the story out faster than you can write the words. Every day, I have the plot of the current novel I am writing spinning around in my head. I don't want to forget where I left off, or the words I haven't written yet. But as you continue to write, the story will evolve, and maybe even lead you down a road that you never thought was intended for your characters. At the end of the day, I am no more than a messenger. Because the characters tell me their stories, and I have no control over what happens to them. I am simply here to write it down so no one forgets what has already happened.
Synopsis: In the spring of 1899, Henry Rochester boards a ship on the docks of New York Harbor and sets sail across the Atlantic. Desperately seeking freedom and adventure, Henry fails to anticipate the violent ocean storm that will destroy the ship, murder his fellow comrades, and leave him stranded on a deserted island.
However, Henry is not alone in paradise, as a beautiful young woman, named Elaine, acquaints him with the enchanting, yet evil nature of the jungle. As the two quarrel, reconcile, and bond, love blossoms between them like an exotic wildflower. But when the tide turns, bringing an inescapable wave of danger with it, Henry and Elaine must face the callous brutality of the uninvited.
3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?
A.) I was stunned, relieved, and terrified. For so long, it felt like Emerald Green was never going to get out there. But when it was finally published, I became more comfortable with what I was doing. Now, I have grown to love the process and nearly every step involved. The first release is always the scariest, but it's proven to be extremely beneficial for every novel that has been released since.
4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?
A.) Character. I feel deeply connected to the voices in my head, because I know them as well as I know myself. They are like old friends in town for the weekend, who you haven't seen in such a long time and will miss as soon as they are gone. Without the characters, there is no story, because the entire narrative revolves around their thoughts and emotions, for me. Since I write strictly romance, the two main characters who are falling in love are the whole heart of the story. They are the crux, what everything else is built around.
5.) What is a typical day like in your world?
A.) Lots of time at the computer. I am always connecting with bloggers, reviewers, and other indie authors. I really enjoy the networking aspect and the fact that I am able to communicate with other readers and writers online. The rest of my day is writing, writing, writing. I tend to write on paper with a pen in my hand and then type up the words later. The day is usually split between those two tasks, but I really enjoy all aspects of being an indie author. This is what I've always wanted to do, and I feel so fortunate that I am finally able to do it.
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