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Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions for Spotlight Sunday.
First up, can you tell us a bit about your Incandescent Series?
This series will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s the series that turned me from writer to author. The story follows a group of friends who search and collect mysterious orbs that are secretly appearing over Earth. But when the main character, Nora, accidentally gets locked in a time vault her five minutes become the outside’s five years. When she emerges, she finds her friends on opposing sides of a war over the orbs. The over-arching theme of the series is that there is no good or evil, there is no one main enemy. There’s just people doing what they think is right, which may or may not be so good for others.
What draws you to writing for a Young Adult audience?
I love the transitions that Young Adult characters make. The mix of innocence and independence and the struggles in between as they grow. There’s also the overwhelming sense of hope they carry, that seems to get lost as we grow older. I love capturing that essence and throwing them into situations that force that growth.
Your Shadow Guardians series includes shifters, angels, and werewolves—why do you think these characters are still so appealing to readers?
Fantastical characters and storylines allow us to live in a world that’s impossible. It brings the magic to life, if only in your mind.
Okay, tell us about your exciting new venture—Cursed Lands.
Cursed Lands is a twenty-two book Anthology of Young Adult Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Dystopian stories. As a team, we hope to sell enough copies to hit the USA Today bestseller list. It’s a lot of hard work and countless hours of marketing and networking, but it’s also a lot of fun and I have already made friends for life, so it’s worth it regardless of the outcome… Although, I hope that outcome gets us on the list. Ha!
If someone were to write a book about your life, what would it be called?
From Wallflower to Wildflower. I kind of cheated with that one, because that’s the title of a self-help book I’m currently working on. It’s a labour of love and won’t be released anytime soon. The book will be a bunch of essays of lessons I’ve learned throughout my life, that took me from being a shy teen who wouldn’t speak, to the confident and happy person I am today.
Any advice for new writers?
Don’t get caught up in what anyone else is doing. Don’t compare your style, your writing speed, your sales, or your success with anyone but yourself. Do follow your own path. And do celebrate the little things: a sentence that makes your heart sing, a finished chapter, a reader who loves your work.
How can we buy your books and follow your writing journey?