*5 years ago: what were you doing?
Five years ago I actually was suffering through the aftermath of an arson fire, trying to move across the country and get back into writing. It was then I scrapped everything I'd written and start fresh with all my work.
*Do you have a certain writing ritual?
Not really. I have to have my other work, be it errands or promo, finished first, and I always listen to music when I write. Otherwise, I'm flexible. I don't really outline or plot in any way and I write scenes out of order and piece everything together in the end like a puzzle. My upcoming book, Right To Silence, was written over a period of four months in bits and pieces, split between four documents until I put it in order.
*What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
I have accepted most criticism as a given, something I needed and helped me grow. I think the only time I was ever upset was when someone told me my LGBT couple was "too affectionate". Otherwise, I welcome criticism to help make my work better. Like Stephen King says, "write with the door closed, but edit with it open".
*Ever fangirled over another author? Who was it?
I have, as a blogger, gotten to work with Darren Shan, the author of the Cirque Du Freak series, which was one of my favorites as a kid. I grew up reading them, and still reread them today, along with his adult work. So being able to read ARCs and interview him has been a dream.
*Is there an author you'd like to meet?
Stephen King and JK Rowling. Both are highly influential to me and my work. They created new worlds, deep characters, vivid imagery, and bring life to an otherwise mundane world. When I created my Paranormal Detectives Series, I cited a lot of their success in how they made those worlds seem so real and used them as inspiration.
*Biggest writing pet peeve?
Huh, you know I had to think about this. I think I only have two peeves: one is people who genre-hop to whatever is popular. Another is more general, and that is that I dislike people who tell an author they're not writing correctly. Writing is a selfish, private act and no two authors have the same system when writing their first and second drafts.
* Do you read other's reviews of your books?
Yes, I do. I have a core group of street teamers called the Vamplets who review my books early and I love getting their feedback. I love checking Amazon and seeing a new review pop up from a new reader. It's a joy for me to know others are reading my work. I love seeing someone say that my work inspired them, they relate to a character, or even when they criticise it. I just know someone actually cared to spend their hard-earned money on my books and it is really a wonderful feeling.
Fav Color: Black
Fictional Character you'd like to spend the day with: Dean Winchester from Supernatural
Fav food: Stuffed pizza
Fav song and/or singer: Disturbed and My Chemical Romance
Guilty pleasure: I still watch cartoons.
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In a city overrun with the undead, an ex-cop is given a chance to get revenge... Danny Mancini is on a case, following a murder suspect. When he catches him, he finds out that the perp isn't even human: he's a 200 year old rogue vampire! The department doesn't believe him, and puts him on early retirement, despite his many years of service to the Chicago Police Department, which sends him into a downward spiral. Two years later, Danny gets an invitation from the beautiful, young and very attractive Detective Angelica Cross to join a secret branch of the FBI to help her track down Vincent, the wayward vamp. But renegade werewolves, meddling immortal witches and Danny's strange visions of a life lived a century ago with Angelica make things more difficult than it should be.
Coming Soon!! RIGHT TO SILENCE coming January 17th!!