1. For all those not aware of your awesomeness, what should we know about you?
I am southern girl, through and through. I love watching football on the weekends and I eat my weight in boiled peanuts every year.
2. Why do you write?
To get out of my small town. I want to go places, but I can't always go there physically. In my debut novel, A Crown of Ashes, I obviously can't walk down the streets of that world. But it doesn't mean I can't visit. Through writing, I not only am able to create new worlds, but I can say that I've traveled different worlds.
3. What writers inspire you?
Sabaa Tahir would be at the top of my list followed by Francine Rivers. Sabaa Tahir has written my favorite YA fantasy series called An Ember In The Ashes and if you haven't read it, you totally should. Francine Rivers wrote the vastly famous book Redeeming Love and I'm so obsessed with her prose. My goal is to one day meet these authors so I can thank them or what they have done for me and my writing.
4. What does a typical writing session look like?
I don't have a set time of the day that I write. I usually write in the afternoon and then I'll be done for the day. Life catches up so I have to put my WIP on the backburner. I try to finish a chapter per session. Just like reading, the end of a chapter is a good place to stop.
5. What are you currently working on?
My debut novel is called A Crown of Ashes. It's an epic fantasy story about a runaway princess, an illegitimate emperor and a ruthless gladiator, each with his and her own vendetta. That's all I'll say for now being that I'm still on the first draft! Stay tuned for more!
6. What do you love about this piece of writing?
It's my first WIP. I've never worked on another novel before this that I wanted to get published. It's been with me for six years and I can't give it up. I love the story and my characters despite how frustrating they can be sometimes. It might sound like I'm in love with my WIP and that's because I am. Be expecting RSVPs to our wedding soon. Haha.
7. Give us a little sneak peak, what insights can you share about the main character?
I actually have three main characters but I will talk about one. Her name is Kira and she is stronger than I hope I ever have to prove. She's a fighter and she will never let anyone get in the way of what she wants. She's also a bit of a brat.
8. What is the hardest thing about writing?
To keep going when you don't feel like it. Any writer will tell you there are days when you just don't feel like writing. You don't feel guilty when you have a genuine excuse for not writing. But sometimes your only excuse is that you don't feel like it. That's when it's hardest to push through and make magic happen. But I find that some of my best writing occurs when I just didn't feel like it.
9. Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Audrey Hepburn. She is someone I greatly look up to and someone I believe everyone should as well. She was beautiful, kind, brave and smart. She was everything a woman should aspire to be. I would love to sit down and talk to her about her life. She has such an inspiring story.
10. If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself as a new writer?
Don't give up on yourself. My WIP has taken six years because I kept walking away from it. I didn't like the story, it didn't really make sense so I pretended like it wasn't there. Writers need to write and create. It's part of our DNA. I feel like a part of me is missing when I'm not writing, whether on a keyboard or in my head. You're going to write some crap--I still do, in fact--but that's no excuse to stop. Keep going and one day, like me, you'll fall in love with your story and you won't be able to give it up.