1.What got you into writing / what made you sit down and actually start something?I was inspired to write poetry after my senior English class in high school. I wrote over one hundred poems that summer. I had the idea to write books for a while. After that summer I thought I needed to try writing books. I first handwrote my book and then typed it on my computer. I was later introduced to Wattpad and from there I just kept writing books.
2.What is a usual writing day like for you, how is it structured?I write at night, usually from about 11pm to 4am. Before writing I have an outline and I try to finish a chapter a night, but sometimes if the chapter is longer or has a lot going on it can take a few nights. My main problem is trying to stay off social media and write for longer periods of time.
3.Do you get writers block? If so, how do you overcome it?I don’t want to jinx myself, but no. I have nights I’m too tired and don’t want to write, but I never get blocked due to my outlines.
4.Are you a plotter or pantser when it comes to writing a story?
I’m very much a plotter. My outline goes from the beginning to the end and sometimes while writing my characters will change up the story and I have to rewrite my outline before continuing.
5.Are you traditionally or self-published? Right now I’m published with Limitless Publishing, a small publisher. I do want to query my other books and see if I can get an agent and a bigger publisher for some of my other novels due to my dream of going to Hollywood.
6. What was the publishing process like for you? Any advice to aspiring authors?I was rejected over and over for my YA and NA books by agents and some publishers. Sydney’s book made it through #Pitchwars on Twitter a few times, but never got past the query stage. That was until September 2015 when Limitless favourited my tweet and later gave me a contract.
7.What has been your highlight since becoming a published author?
I love sharing my book on social media. I can’t wait until people start reading it. I love reading reviews.
8.Can you share a little of your most recent book with us, including genre and targeted audience?The current book I’m writing is the third and final book for Sydney West. Sydney’s first book, SHADES OF SYDNEY, comes out January 12th and is about a college girl who goes to Malibu for summer break and enjoys partying/one-night stands until she meets a certain hot surfer. The genre is new adult contemporary romance. The target audience is mostly college-aged women, but I think anyone who loves NA will enjoy my novel.
9.What tip would you give to new authors when trying to build a fan-base / get followers and market their books? (What to do and what not to do.)My tip would be make friends with fellow authors. Get on social media and post a lot. Even if no one “likes” or “retweets” just keep doing it. One day it will pay off so never give up.
10.How long on average does it take you to write a book?It depends on the book. I’ve finished some in a couple months. So far I’ve written eleven books and rewritten a few of them in the last five years while going to college. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m hoping to get more done.
11.Tell us about the book cover/s, how the designing came about, whether you had much input etc.My publisher Limitless Publishing was in charge of my cover and got TOJ publishing services to make my cover. I did fill out a questionnaire and shared pictures of what I wanted my cover to look like. My input was taken in and I love my cover.
12.Apart from writing, what do you do in your spare time?I read a lot, watch TV (mostly reruns of Friends), hang out with my cats, and go to rock concerts (I have a bad addiction to concerts). I’m also working on scripts inspired by my books and hoping to make them into films.