Can you tell us a little bit about Deceive?
Deceive is the seventh book in my YA fantasy series featuring the Estilorian world. The story centers on the third generation of Estilorians, but many of the readers' favorite characters from earlier in the series are in the book, too. The two main characters in Deceive are Eden and Connor, and they're from two classes that may surprise some Estilorian fans. Such a pleasure to write!
Do you remember the title of the first story you wrote?
The first book I ever completed with the hope of publishing it was called Enticing. It was a historical romance/pirate adventure novel. While I'd never publish it in its current form, it may eventually get polished up and published as an adult title. Only time will tell!
What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?
I work full time, so my writing is done in the evenings and on weekends. When I'm heavily into a project with a deadline set, my family hardly ever sees me. That's why I tend to take a couple of months off between projects, so I can spend more time with them.
Where do you find inspiration?
As with many writers, I find inspiration everywhere. It might come from a news story I read, a snippet or quote I see on social media, an experience shared with me by one of my friends, or a random thought as I'm walking my dog in the evening.
What have you learned about publishing that you didn’t know about when you first started writing?
I went into self-publishing blissfully ignorant of the massive amount of marketing and networking needed to be successful as an author. When I published the Daughters of Saraqael Trilogy in 2011, I had about 100 Twitter followers and 10 Facebook friends, most of whom were my family members and friends. I got lucky and started interacting with other indie authors right away, learning as a went along. The publishing world has only gotten bigger and more competitive since then. If you self-publish now without any network to support you, you're unlikely to sell books. It's kind of a cart before the horse situation. If I had known that before I published, I would have been active on social media for months before I published.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I'm not writing, I enjoy reading, watching Netflix with the family, visiting the beach or local theme parks, swimming, and shopping (often for more books!).
Can you tell us about your future projects?
I've got a number of projects in the pipeline, including two more New Adult contemporary romances and a New Adult futuristic mystery series. I'm excited about all of them. Now I just have to get them written!
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