What are you reading right now?
Donna Augustine, A Step In the Dark series. LOVE IT. Before that was Sarah J Maas, Court of Thorn and Roses series. Highly recommend both.
Do you have a favorite book/author?
No, that is one of those impossible questions. I love Donna Augustine, Jennifer Armentrout, Leia Stone, Karen Lynch, Ilona Andrews, Patricia Briggs, J.R Ward, Jane Washington, Kelly St Clare … and the list goes on and on. Best authors I’ve read in last few years are indie authors.
What author would you want to meet, living or dead?
Jennifer Armentrout and Sarah J Maas would be cool. Enid Blyton too, could thank her for my love of fantasy and reading.
What motivated you to start writing?
I have always been a huge readers, would devour everything in my library, impatiently waiting for all the new releases. I have never been a writer, though. Then, when I was in my early 20’s, I had a job which left me with lots of spare time. So for some reason I decided to start a story. It was terrible. I had no idea how to properly structure a story, develop characters, or refrain from six adverbs per sentence, but something clicked inside of me then. I grew to love the written word. So I kept writing. I learned and cried and rocked in the corner, but I got better. Now I couldn’t imagine doing anything else with my life. It’s definitely the best ‘job’ ever.
What motivates you now to keep writing?
So many things. The amazing opportunities as a job it provides; to be able to stay at home with my little girls is a gift. The creative outlet. Characters won’t leave me alone until I get their story down. The readers, who make my entire year when they enjoy my worlds as much as I do.
What made you want to write Fantasy?
I pretty much only read and write in fantasy worlds. I love that there are very few limits to it, really the only limit is my own imagination. I love to really create new things, new worlds. I also like to escape from reality.
What’s it like to co-author a book?
Amazing! I never knew I could love co-authoring so much, but I really do. It’s like having a best friend with you all the time. Someone who is going through the same journey as you. Their strengths are often where I am weak, and back the other way. Not to mention increased speed to get a story out. No writer’s block because they can boost you up. Totally recommend it, with the right partner.
What inspired Trickery?
Jane and I live near each other, one day when we were chatting over coffee, we were joking about writing a book with this crazy, quirky character. And somehow Willa was born. We had no idea if anyone would like her, she is by far the strangest protagonist we have ever written. But we adore her. Somehow she is the perfect blend of both of our favourite way to write a character. And the Abcurses. Well, what else is there to be said about those five 🙂
What advice do you have for people who want to write?
My number one piece of advice is to treat writing like any skill and practice it every day. Make it a habit. There are no short cuts, you have to work hard, you have to write and read in the genres you’re interested in, and you have to write as many different things as you can. Even on those days you have writer’s block, or are tired, still write. If you get 10 words down, you’ve done good.
Who is your favorite character that you’ve written?
Whoa … now that is a tough question 😉 I love them all for different reasons. I don’t have a particular favourite, but Abby and Brace from the Walker Saga, hold a special place in my heart. They’re the two who made me a writer.
Finally, what’s next for you?
Persuasion – Curse of the Gods #2, Magical Compass – Tyson and Grace’s story from Supernatural Prison world, Queen Mecca- NYC Mecca series #4