SC: Tell us a little about yourself. How did you get started writing? What do you do when you are not writing?
I have been making up stories for as long as I can remember. My favourite games were always the ones that involved dress ups and imaginative roleplay. In high school I decided that I wanted to be a published author more than anything else, but I was dissuaded from pursuing that dream in lieu of more practical and steady aspirations. Suffice to say those aspirations didn’t stick and twenty years later here we are.
When I am not writing I am usually reading, gaming or doing something creative like sewing, art or baking … procrastibaking is probably one of my favourite hobbies. I am also a mother to two energetic boys, so there is some deal of time spent keeping the offspring alive and happy.
SC: Where does your inspiration come from in your books?
Everywhere and anywhere really. It might be a snippet of a song, an image I see, the tail end of a news broadcast or a chunk of a conversation overheard. Though I have always loved history and mythology and am fascinated by different cultures, spiritualities and modalities, as well as traditional therapies like herbal medicine. So I take a lot of inspiration from those interests and often this is reflected in the beliefs of my characters or the magic systems that exist in the worlds I create. For instance, herbal lore and medicine play a massive role in the world of Deathborn.
SC: How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I have started quite a few but only finished a handful. Deathborn is the first to see publication so it is probably my ultimate favourite simply because it was the first one that I took a real chance on. That being said, my favourite is usually the one I am currently working on. I’m a discovery writer so completely immerse myself in my story world while I am writing and this means I get quite attached to the current book and all it’s characters. Right now my favourite is Brightlingwhich I have just handed over to my proofreader for the final pass before I get everything ready for its release in May.
SC: Do you have a favorite character that you have written? If so, who? What makes them so special?
Like favourite books my favourite characters change depending on what I am working on. Right now Garret is my favourite to write. It is always a pleasure to work on his point of view chapters as he comes so easily to the page. He can be hard at times too, because there is so much going on beneath the surface with him. He is steady, calculating and prefers to have a plan and Nea drives him mad half the time by ruining those careful plans. He wasn’t going to get a point of view originally and I actually wasn’t sure he was going to survive but I’m glad he did.
SC: Can you share a brief excerpt from your novel?
SC: What can we expect from you in the future?
Brightling, book two of Sovereigns of Bright and Shadow, is coming May 25 and later in the year the final book of the trilogy. And I still have a few more stories to tell in that same world, at least another trilogy or two, I think. After that? Who knows, there are certainly always new ideas kicking around waiting for me.
SC: How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
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