Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic taking place, I wanted to do something special for my loyal readers and followers! So I put out opportunities to ask questions, and have completed a full-length Q&A for your enjoyment!
I hope the questions below shed some light on my writing for you!
Q. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A. I think this very much depends on circumstances. Certain books and scenes have different impacts on my energy levels.
Q. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
A. I definitely aim to be original. I get that certain things sell better and are popular, but I like to bring new adventures to life and consider different concepts.
Q. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
A. Change literally EVERYTHING about the first three Hathin books! Haha. Look, as my first book, Hathin was a struggling piece. If I could take the flare, experience and depth that thrive in Reborn and Rising (coming soon) and add it to the first three books, I’d be far more proud of them.
Q. How do you select the names of your characters?
A. This is one of the hardest things for me with each new character. I sometimes name characters based on research of name meanings or symbolism. In regards to the Hathin series, all of the angels and vampire names are pulled from intense research into angel name meanings. For example, the final primary antagonist of the series is Samyaza, a fallen angel known for being one of the Watchers, or Grigori. That is the exact role he plays in my books.
Q. How did you come up with Rouzzo Rascals?
A. I wanted something to shift focus on the children and a way to classify the books together. After looking into cute words that indicate young tiny humans, I finally settled on Rouzzo Rascals.
Q. What comes first, the plot or characters?
A. Actually, it’s a healthy dose of both. The general story idea comes first, and the characters begin to form. If there’s a lot involved in the plot, I’ll work together a chapter events outline so I know which primary events need to happen as the story progresses. In other situations I just let the story fall into place page by page.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
A. Alright so I tend to get dialogue heavy and I’m very aware of it, but cannot seem to shut my characters up! Also, several of my books have characters named Jonathan, or John. For those who don’t know, John is my middle name and has always been a staple I have used in my writing.
Q. Who is the author you most admire?
A. I know you want the name of authors who have influenced my writing (Douglas Adams, Eoin Colfer, Jay Asher, among others and Louis Sachar was a childhood inspiration), I have to say I’ve read writings of three close friends of mine (Sheila, Nicole, Brooke) who I really hope to see published someday. They’re incredible writers.
Q. Where do you get your creativity/inspiration for your books?
A. As I said earlier, music, people, and life experiences all play a major part in bringing my books and characters to life. As for creativity, I have always felt a desire to create and manifest new stories.
Q. Why did you choose to start writing?
A. I really don’t know. I have written stories my entire life. It was an elementary school teacher had the class all make up stories and I just never stopped.
Q. How did you come up with ideas of each book?
A. The Perfect Fan was inspired my love for music and the inspiration of my mother encouraging and guiding me in my life.
Some Planets Aren’t so Close to Earth was inspired by my friend Chris and a song he wrote called S.P.A.C.E. – Which I actually did a vocal cover of.
The Hathin Series was my first take at horror, gore, and supernatural themed writing.
Harry Flynnt was just me letting my ADHD metaphorically take over the pen.
Madison Avery was created to take me and my writing to a much darker place.
All of my book ideas came to me through different inspirations and experiences.
Q. Did you live some of these experiences?
A. Oh, absolutely. For example, Damien in Euphoria miserably worked in a call center, as I did at the time of writing that story. Some of his friends mentioned early on in the book were inspired by my actual friends.
Also, The Perfect Fan had some inspiration from real life moments and experiences as well.
A. I had been writing books since I was in elementary and middle school. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but didn’t know that I wanted to actually publish anything until I was about 21 years old.
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