I usually start with an idea and jot it down. Then I attempt a brief outline. Often, ideas will fall apart at this stage. After the outline, I’ll write a few chapters to get a feel for the character’s voice. If it feels right I’ll write a plot synopsis (I got into the habit of writing these when I landed my book deal and my publisher wanted them for three books) and then comes a chapter by chapter break down. I don’t always stick to the plan, but I find it helps to have something to fall back on during those bleak moments when you wonder what the hell you’re doing. Which, as every writer will tell you, is often.
2. What inspires you to write?
Literature, Poetry, scenery, places, people. Mostly I’m inspired when I’m out there in the world living my life. Going to new places, seeing new things and meeting new people is the best cure for the dreaded writer’s block.
3. Writing is considered a dream job by many, but what if you were granted the opportunity for a true, magical ‘dream job’. What would it be and why?
I think writing would be my dream job. Right now, I work a regular job too, so it would be great to give that up and just stay home and write all day long. I’ve always wanted to be a writer so there’s nothing else I’d rather do really.
4. You are standing on a stage, addressing a high school auditorium of teenage creative writers. What advice would you impart to them about the craft and the career path of being a writer?
About the craft, I would say, be sure to write. It’s sounds obvious but it’s common for us writers to avoid writing. Also reading is very important. As for the career path part, I would say, don’t read reviews, never give up and never let anyone tell you that you’re not going to make it. That’s for the writer to decide and nobody else.
5. You’re stranded in a snowed in cabin, well stocked up on food, but no internet. What is on your emergency book shelf?
I would have Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte and all of the books that are sitting at home on my shelf waiting to read! What better time to start?
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Any other news or updates you would like to share?
I’m continuing to work on my Bite Nights spin off novel featuring angels. The first three chapters are now available to read on Wattpad!