1. When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I’ve always loved to write, but I didn’t take it seriously until a trip to Ireland in 2007. Something there made me believe in myself and gave me the confidence I needed to take writing to the next level. I began writing my first book in Ireland, a book titled THE DEVIL’S FOOL. The idea came to me when I was visiting an extremely old graveyard. That scene I wrote is still one of my favorites.
2. Do you have a routine that you use to get into the right frame of mind to write?
Not so much a routine, but I must have music. Music brings my characters to life much like lightening brought Frankenstein to life. Without music, my characters would be a rotting corpse.
3. Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?
Everywhere. It’s possible to write about any object, any person, any thing. In my family we play a game similar to this. We’ll hand out objects or look at a picture and have to tell a story about it. And the stories are never the same. I love that about imaginations.
4. What books have most influenced your life?
There are several, but I'll choose three: C.S. Lewis whose works helped me become a better person, James Dashner and Suzanne Collins for teaching me about pacing and tension, and (I know I said three, but I've got to choose one more) Markus Zusak for showing me how words can come alive.
5. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to snowboard, play racquetball and volleyball, watch football, hike, run, cook, make truffles, throw parties, go to movies, and eat. And then eat some more.
**Thanks so much Ms. Rachel for dropping by.:)