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What initially got you interested in writing?
In 7th grade my math teacher, Mr. Freeman only showed up to “teach” six days out of the year. Even when he showed up he would shout, throw things, lock students up, and leave. So I had a lot of free time. This was before the days of smart phones. So I picked up a pencil and every day would continue to work on a story about dragons. It was my first book and I still have it to this day. I have always loved to write stories. It was that year at twelve years old that I realized that I loved to write.
How did you decide to make the move into being a published author?
I always knew I would publish. Even as a teenager but I knew I needed to wait until my stories were ready. Evermore was my third book and well, third time is the charm, right?
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
My goal when I write is for people to gain a new perspective of something or to feel something new. If nothing else, I want people to know that I am grateful for listening to my words. That’s all I could ever ask for.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
It’s very difficult to describe really. Sometimes I say writing is like watching a good movie but you are director, producer, editor, actor… everything. And at the same time you are just a viewer. Sometimes I also describe it as the ultimate feeling of control. But the most rewarding thing about writing is something that has not yet happened (at the time of writing this) and that’s my fans and readers. In the last ten years Evermore is the first story I’ve published. To hear the enthusiasm of others makes my heart sing. And so that is the most rewarding thing. The love.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
In all honestly, everything about writing is challenging and that’s why I love it. There is no solution to writer’s block. It’s like weather: It comes and goes. There is no formula to follow, no 1,2,3 step process, no how to. You just begin and somewhere along the way you will know the answers.
What advice would you give to people want to enter the field?
To be a writer you must also be a masochist because it’s a pain in the ass and also the most rewarding thing you will do in your life.
What ways can readers connect with you?
My website, youtube, facebook, and twitter. I am very quick to respond. That said I really hope I am able to meet my readers in person. I want to hug all of you.