Could you please tell us about your newest release?
Let the Shadows Fall is based on a short story contest I enter a couple of years ago. I was not expecting anything, but I won. The theme was crazy Easter Egg Hunts. I took out the Easter theme added shifters, more dragons, and an ancient group of women warriors. It was a fun book to write because I feel like this was the first one that I wrote completely for me. The main character has been living in my head since the short story contest. She was patient while I told other people’s stories, but she finally had had enough. Once I started, she took over. This book is a mashup of steampunk, historical fantasy, and urban fantasy because I felt these genres play with each other so well.
What do you like the most about the Steampunk genre?
At first it was the clothes. Then I read more and learned more about the original intent of the movement. It’s a genre that allows for history buffs to imagine an opened world where anything could have happened. It is also a great genre for snarky, strong female characters.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Do you write in any other genre besides Steampunk?
I write modern urban fantasy (that’s actually connected to the my steampunk series) and I write paranormal romance.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
If it’s a hobby, let it be a hobby. If it’s a business work your ass off and trust yourself more.
Do you write full time or part time?
When I have a deadline, it’s full time. I also homeschool my two kids so that takes up a lot of time. I suppose technically I’m like ¾ time.
How many books have you completed?
What do you enjoy most about being an author?
The ability to play God and create a world where I want to live.
How do you develop your characters?
I “see” my characters first, a lot of the times. I think about what I need them to do and what that means for their character. I mostly listen to them, though and just write what and how they tell me.
How do you choose names for your characters?
I look at baby name sites and see which ones inspire me. My daughters chose a few.
What are the hardest scenes for you to write?
Do you base your characters on people you know?
Some of my characters are a combination of the people I know. I never create a character that is completely like the person I know. I can say that there is a little of my husband in every male character I write.