Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinary nurse. It wasn’t until I was fifteen that I decided I wanted to be a writer.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
Probably after my fourth book got published. Before that, I sort of just felt like I was playing at being a writer.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
A year and a half. I went to several different publishers before one picked up Born Dark and it was published about four months after I signed the contract.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I have social anxiety, which means that I struggle with day-to-day interactions with people. It makes finding a suitable job very hard. I do however make my own jewellery and sell it in my Etsy store.
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Defiant is my latest release, and to summarise it, I’d probably say: Sometimes true love means breaking society’s rules and running with your heart, no matter the cost.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
Vamptasy Publishing, an imprint of Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly, publishes my books.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It depends on the story. Sometimes it can take months. Sometimes just a few weeks. For example, my first book, Born Dark, took six months. Run only took three weeks.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I’d like to try my hand at Sci-fi as I’m a huge Star Trek fan, but I will definitely be writing more Paranormal Romance. That’s my true calling.
What genre would you place your books into?
Paranormal Romance with a slight Horror twist
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I’ve always been an odd duck. As a kid, my imaginary friend was a ghost. At seven years old, I wanted to be a vampire when I grew up. I’ve always believed in the paranormal and been fascinated by it.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
Reid Ashton from my Unfortunate Blood series is my favourite, partly because he was my first character and partly because he’s a very unique and heartfelt character, despite his cockiness. He has a very special place in my heart.
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I started writing seriously at fifteen, after reading L.J. Smith’s Vampire Diaries novels. I start with fanfiction because I loved Vampire Diaries so much (I read the first four books twelve times in three months) but quickly moved on to my own original works.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
It depends on my mood and the story I’m writing, but usually I’ll sit by the fireplace with my laptop and make a playlist that I think fits the atmosphere of what I’m trying to write.
Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?
Yes. It absolutely makes my day when I read a good review for one of my books, and sometimes when I’m feeling down and feeling like giving up on writing, seeing the wonderful things my readers have said is the only thing that keeps me going.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
Story first. Title later. I never know exactly where the story is going to go so I can’t put a suitable title on it until it’s done.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
Baby name websites mostly. I especially like Irish and Scottish names. Most of my books are set in Scotland, even if it doesn’t specifically say so in the book.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation?
Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them? I like to picture the place or character, outline his or her personality, and then find a name that I feel fits.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
I tend to find that the characters develop themselves as I write. They tell me who they are and what they want to do – I just write it all down.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
I’d say the one thing I’ve always tried to do with my stories and characters is to make them unique and let them be who they are, even if it means they make mistakes and get into trouble. I firmly believe you should always be whatever and whoever you want to be. Don’t conform to society just because you think you should. If you want to have green hair and a tattoo of a rat on your arm, go for it. If you want to dance on rooftops in the rain, do it. If you’re bisexual, or gay, be proud of it. Ignore the haters. There are people out there who will love you for exactly who you are.
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I prefer to read paperbacks There’s nothing like the smell of ink and paper.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare. I’ve only read it about six times.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. Harry Potter is a good example of it working. Beautiful Creatures is an example of it not working.
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