What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
My husband and I own a wedding photography business—Cottonwood Studios. Please check out our work! http://www.cottonwoodstudiosworldwide.com
What other jobs have you had in your life?
I started my photography business just five months after my college graduation. So besides photography, I was a camp counselor at two summer camps for kids, and I worked at Qdoba while I was in college.
If you could study any subject at university what would you pick?
Oh my. I’ll never go back to university. I absolutely hated school, and I already have the degree to show for my labors!
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
This answer is different depending on what time of the day you ask me, but right now I would have to say Paris. Tomorrow morning, I would probably say the Amalfi Coast. And tomorrow at lunch, Marseille. Basically anywhere in Europe!
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk?
I always write on my laptop—sitting on my couch with my feet propped up and a pillow behind my lower back. I almost always have in headphones with music. Depending on what I’m writing, I switch between classical soundtracks (Dario Marianelli and Michael Giacchino are my favorite) and indie music (Matt Corby, Bon Iver, Daughter, The Middle East, and Gregory Alan Isakov are just a few of my favorites). I’ll often feel inspiration when I’m out and about or when I’m lying in bed, so I make sure I have an app on my phone where I can jot down my ideas right away.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry?
I have made so many friends through Twitter. There are so many other indie authors to connect with. They provide encouragement when I need it, and they have a wealth of information to help with everything from blogging to marketing. I’m in awe of the amazing relationships I’ve formed through social media. I also have several friends from college who are published authors that have helped me along the way.
How much sleep do you need to be your best?
Eight or nine hours is the sweet spot, but that rarely happens.
Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge and thank for their support?
Caleb—my wonderful husband who reads my work and gives me honest feedback without hesitation every single time I ask him.
Melissa—my mind-blowingly generous editor and one of my closest friends. She makes my work SO much better than it is when I first write it.
Julia—the incredibly talented proofreader who transformed Rogue into a finished book. She is the best at what she does.
Carin—an incredible woman who taught me the true meaning of character development.
Hayley—the first person to make me feel like a real author. She interviewed me for her blog, and I finally felt like I was worthy of calling myself an author. She’s also helped me immensely with my marketing strategy
Alexia—one of the most encouraging persons I have ever come into contact with. She is always asking me how things are going, posting about me on her blog, and Tweeting my book to help promote it.
Stacey—my wonderful design friend who gave me invaluable feedback while I was designing Rogue’s cover. Without her input, the cover would have looked very different (and not nearly as beautiful).
I also have a list of about fifty incredible supporters who helped crowdfund my first novel. Without them, Rogue would simply be an unfinished book without a publication date.
Every writer has their own idea of what a successful career in writing is, what does success in writing look like to you?
A successful career in writing is a career where I can write the books I want to write. If people love what I’m writing enough to fund my future novels, I’ll consider myself a success.
Tell us about your new book. What’s it about and why did you write it?
I wrote Rogue because I felt like there weren’t any other stories like it, and if I wanted to read it, I would have to write it myself.
The Plagued Trilogy is about a family of immortals who hire themselves out as assassins. Rogue follows one of the grandsons of the first immortal. He’s living in New York City, planning his next assassination. But when he meets the eerily familiar executive assistant of his next target, his life is turned upside-down.
“We stand united, Family of Immortals. Plagued by life. Cursed by the hand of God …”
Rogue was born into an immortal family whose wealth is marked by a trail of blood. But when he meets the unnervingly familiar assistant of his next target, an unexpected rush of emotions begins to unravel his carefully laid plans.
Lissie lives a mundane life filled with work … and little else. She hasn’t taken a risk since she moved to New York City after college—seven years ago. But when the mysterious Matthew McCloud walks through the door of her office, she finds herself diving head-first into a whirlwind romance she never saw coming.
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Genre - Urban Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance
Rating – PG-13
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