Saturday, June 18, 2016

#Author #Interview. . .A Matter of Time. . . #BookBoost



A Matter of Time
By Michael J. Bowler
Genre: Romance, Thriller

The world’s greatest evil stalks the world’s greatest ship, and the only one who can stop him hasn’t been born yet. 

Jamie Collins is a junior at Santa Clara University in 1986. He has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin - nightmarish memories that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912. 

When Jamie discovers a foreign cell in his blood that links him to the famous vessel, the two timelines begin to overlap and he realizes an unimaginable truth - something supernatural stalks the ill-fated ship, something that will kill him if he can’t stop it first. And the only way to stop it may be to prevent Titanic from sinking.

But even if he can figure out a way to do that, should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? And what about the lady he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with? As her destiny becomes entwined with his, Jamie discovers the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.


Author Bio

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in Northern California. He majored in English/Theatre at Santa Clara University, earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and a master's in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Michael taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities. When Michael is not writing you can find him volunteering as a youth mentor with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, and hopes his books can show young people they are not alone in their struggles. 


A Conversation with Author, Michael J. Bowler


1. Tell us how long you’ve been writing?

I’ve been writing stories all my life, since elementary school. I recently found a story I wrote in the fourth or fifth grade. It made me laugh.

2. Why was it important for you to write A Matter of Time?

Since childhood, I’ve been fascinated by the story of Titanic. The many strange coincidences and the perfect storm of everything going wrong that could go wrong almost gives the impression Fate decreed from the get-go that this ship would sink. Also, the personal stories of various passengers are by turns fascinating and heartbreaking. When the ship was finally found in 1985, A Matter of Time began unfolding in my mind. I combined incidents from my college years with the sinking and created this mash up of genres–thriller, romance, and fantasy–that might excite some readers and irritate others. I originally wrote this story as a screenplay, but a few years later James Cameron’s “Titanic” came out and I knew another movie about the ship was unlikely to be made. I spent a number of years, while working full time, turning that script into this book. 

3. When you’re writing, how do your characters personalities come to you? 

My characters usually start out with traits or personality characteristics that I possess or have seen in people I’ve encountered throughout the years. As the story progresses, these characters take on personas all their own and make choices I wouldn’t always make and diverge quite a bit from the person I initially pictured as the inspiration. Scenes within the story precipitate specific reactions from each character and, like I said, over time each character tells me what he or she wants to say or do.

4. If you could live the life of one of your favorite characters from any of your favorite books, (besides your own), which character would you be and why?

That might be a tossup between Peter Pan and Huckleberry Finn, two of my favorite characters of all time. I’m also partial to Frodo of Lord of the Rings. These characters all choose to do what’s right, rather than what’s easy, even Peter who comes across as self-centered, but when push comes to shove he helps Wendy in her in time of need. Huck Finn went against everything society taught him about slaves when he helped Jim escape. And Frodo stepped up to carry the ring of power when no one else would or could. All three represent a kind of freedom from the constraints society of all ages tries to place on us, and I guess I like running my own program.

5. What’s next for you?

I have two completed novels and am writing a third one. The first is an action/adventure/urban/contemporary story aimed at the teen market and anyone who likes realistic superhero movies such as “The Dark Knight.” It has been professionally edited, and is currently being shopped around to agents and potential publishers. So far, there’s been no interest expressed by either. The other book is a contemporary drama/fantasy about two brothers, the older of whom is autistic. The autistic brother disappears one day and the younger brother blames himself. After five years with no trace of the missing brother, something happens that changes the younger brother’s life forever. It is being edited right now and then I will shop it around, too. The new WIP is a teen-centric mystery thriller. While self-publishing clearly works for some authors, it has not proven successful for me, so if no agent or publisher is interested in any of these new books, they will remain unpublished. 

6. What does writing do for you?

Writing allows me to articulate thoughts and ideas and feelings that I think are important, especially for teens and young adults. I love the creation process and having characters take on lives of their own. I love the revision process because I’m OCD about tying up every loose end and paying off every character or plot thread introduced within the storyline. Sadly, I notice in many current films and books that there isn’t such a focus on keeping characters consistent and/or tying up loose ends. It’s not hard to do, no matter the genre or storyline, so I guess it’s just a symptom of laziness or inattention to detail on the part of the writer and/or editor. Fortunately, my editor keeps me on my toes.

7. Why should a reader choose your book to read?

I think with all of my books they will see ideas and situations they haven’t experienced before, or in the case of ideas, haven’t come across often. I tell stories that hopefully engage both the mind and the heart of a reader because those are the kinds of books I always loved growing up. My five-book Children of the Knight saga has engaged teens and adults alike because it crosses over into so many genres and deals with such a wide variety of characters. A Matter of Time mashes up a seemingly unworkable series of incidents and time periods, but the strength of the characters and their relationships carry it beyond its fantasy underpinnings into something memorable and heartfelt. 

8. What character presented the most challenges in A Matter of Time?

Jay was probably the most difficult because he is sarcastic and self-absorbed and treats Jamie unfairly, but I didn’t want him to be a “villain” in the piece in his self-absorption. My hope is that he’s redeemed at the end and readers have come to understand that he’s not a bad person, that his actions are a result of the hurt he felt at being rejected. 

9. What do you do to relax?

I go to the gym and workout or take walks or go hiking or read books. 

10. What famous author’s work would you say your writing style matches?

I think this is my biggest strength and biggest drawback as a writer – my style isn’t like other authors, and agents find that fact off-putting. They seem to want books that look or sound like that of some bestselling author because those are easier to market. I tend to think cinematically while writing. It’s like I’m a film director laying out all the camera shots so the audience won’t be confused by what’s happening. Those who have read my books comment that they enjoy being able to visualize everything that’s happening on the page and have compared my books to “reading a movie.” But this style, as mentioned, is off-putting to agents and most publishers.

11. What other interests do you have besides writing?

I do tons of volunteer work with kids and teens and I like going to the movies when I have time.

12. If you invited us to dinner, what meal would you prepare?

I’d make something vegan or vegetarian, most likely, because that’s what I eat. Salad, of course, would be served, and I would probably make vegan lasagna as the main course, with ice cream or frozen yogurt for dessert. Vegan lasagna is the bomb! J



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#Book #Blitz. . .Ghost Hope. . .#BookBoost #Giveaway


Ghost Hope
Ripley Patton
(The PSS Chronicles #4)
Publication date: June 15th 2016
Genres: Paranormal, Thriller, Young Adult

Olivia Black does not feel safe. Nightmares plague her sleep and haunt her days. If she has to endure one more minute stuck in a safe house in rainy Portland, she’s going to lose it. When Mike Palmer sneaks off to find her sister Kaylee without her, it’s the last straw. She has to do something.

Then Palmer’s hackers find the Dome on a satellite feed: dark, abandoned and smack in the middle of the Oregon desert three hundred miles from where it started. If they can reach it before anyone else, they can crack the computer systems and access every piece of information on PSS the CAMFers and The Hold have ever collected.

But in order to do that, Olivia must return to the origin of her fears in a race against all the forces that have ever pitted themselves against her. She must unravel decades of deceit to reveal the true origins of Psyche Sans Soma to the world at last.




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EXCERPT:

“Olivia!” My mother’s voice jolted me awake.

I sat up in the rental van’s passenger seat, wiping drool from my cheek. Chase and T-dog’s Westfalia had stopped in front of us at a massive gate rising out of the darkness, topped with barbed wire and sporting several Danger: High Voltage and No Trespassing on Federal Land signs.

We had arrived at Umatilla, and I’d fallen asleep, like I always did in a moving vehicle, before I’d explained to my mother that I’d lied about our destination. We were not on a scenic over-nighter up the Columbia River Gorge. That had just been a cover story.

“Olivia Anne Black,” she said, pointing at the gate. “What is that?”

“Um—I don’t know,” I stammered. “We must have taken a wrong turn.”

“Is this the motel?” Grant asked groggily from the back. It sounded like I wasn’t the only one who’d taken a nap.

“No, it’s not,” my mother answered testily. “What the hell is he doing?”

She was referring to T-Dog, who had gotten out of their van carrying something bulky under his arm. When he set it down and started fiddling with a controller in his hands, I realized it was one of those personal drones. Suddenly, the little thing lit up and went whirling into the air, kicking up dust and flying over the gate. On the other side, it dipped down and stopped, a green light flashing on its undercarriage as it hovered over some kind of control panel. As I watched, a green light began flashing on the panel too, like they were communicating with one another. Because they were. T-dog was hacking into Umatilla. He was breaking into a federally-owned chemical depot.

I could feel my mother turning toward me, a question in her eyes, her lips parting to ask it.

Headlights, high and wide, flashed in the rearview mirror, blinding me. They were barreling down on us, but I only heard the rev of the engine just before the crunch of impact.

The whole van jerked forward, shoving us toward the back of the Westfalia and stopping only inches from its rear bumper.

“What the—?” Grant yelled, and I heard cries of alarm from Passion and Samantha.

My seatbelt dug into my waist and my shoulder, but the airbags hadn’t deployed, so that was good.

In front of us, T-Dog scrambled back into their van and slammed his door. The gate started to open, the drone hovering on the other side, still blinking green.

There was another crunching sound and a slight tug backwards. Then, more revving.

“Hold on. They’re coming again,” my mother said, jamming the van into drive and laying on the horn like a mad woman. We couldn’t go anywhere. The Westfalia was right in front of us and some lunatic was behind us, gearing up to rear-end us a second time.

“We have to go through,” I told my mom, gesturing at the gate.

“I know,” she said, glaring out at the windshield and revving our engine now. “Get out of my way, you two. What are you waiting for?” she mumbled under her breath, laying on the horn again and not letting up.

The vehicle behind was almost upon us. I could hear it coming.

Up ahead, T-dog glanced at me in his side view mirror, but it was too dark to read his expression. Had he and Chase set us up? Was this their doing?

The gate was open wider now, maybe wide enough for the Westfalia, but would it be enough for our bigger van?

“Hold on,” my mom said, glancing in the rearview mirror and slamming her foot on the gas.

I braced myself, this time for impact from the back and front, but it didn’t come.

We surged forward, gently kissing the back bumper of the Westfalia, both of us racing through the still opening gate. I heard a horrible sound, metal screeching against metal, and sparks flew in a shower away from us as the huge closures of the gate scraped down both sides of our van.

As soon as we were free and clear, Chase veered off to the right and pulled to a stop. As we drove past, I could see T-Dog holding the drone remote out his window, working it frantically, trying to close the gate before our attackers made it in. But he wasn’t fast enough. The pick-up truck that had rear-ended us roared forward, squeezing through just like we had. For a moment, I thought it had a really weird hood ornament, but then I realized it was the drone, flying low and toward us in front of the truck.

“Get higher,” I murmured to the little thing. As if hearing me, it did, rising above the front of the truck only to plummet a second later just as the vehicle overtook it.

And then it was gone, sucked under the huge wheel of the big truck with a soft crunch and a shower of shrapnel spraying from its undercarriage.

“Stop the van,” I told my mother, but she’d already turned and was pulling up alongside the guys.

“Who is that?” I shouted out my window at Chase, pointing at the truck as it pulled up, headlights blinding us all, the gate clanging shut behind it.

“I have no idea,” he shouted back. “But I think we’re about to find out.”

A truck door slammed.

A dark form moved, crossing the dusty swathe of its high beams, and a man emerged, tall, wrinkled, and tan, a long rifle dangling from his right hand.


Author Bio:
Ripley Patton lives in Portland, Oregon with one cat, two teenagers, and a man who wants to live on a boat. She doesn't smoke, or drink, or cuss as much as her characters. Her only real vices are writing, eating M&Ms, and watching reality television. 

Ripley is an award-winning short story writer and author of The PSS Chronicles, a young adult paranormal thriller series. The first book in the series, GHOST HAND, was a semi-finalist for The Kindle Book Review 2013 Best Indie Book Awards and a Cybil Award Nominee. 

The second book in the series, GHOST HOLD, was released in September 2013. 

The third book in the series, GHOST HEART, was released in October 2014. 

And GHOST HOPE, the final book of the series will be released in the Spring 2016.

You can find out more about Ripley and her fiction on her website at ripleypatton.com.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

#CoverReveal. . .Saven Defiance. . .#BookBoost

Today is the cover reveal for Saven Defiance (Saven #3) by Siobhan Davis. This cover reveal is organized by Lola's Blog Tours

Saven Defiance is the third novel in the Amazon bestselling Saven Series by YA sci-fi romance author Siobhan Davis. This series is exclusively available on Amazon and free to download if you are a Kindle Unlimited customer. Find the whole series on amazon here.


Saven Defiance
Saven Defiance (Saven #3)
By Siobhan Davis 
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: August 22, 2016

About the Book:

THE TRUTH ISN’T ALWAYS EASY

I’ve promised to protect those I love.
But someone is lying to me.
Will I discover the truth in time to save him?

With war looming in outer space and the Earthen government forced into hiding, the battle for ultimate world domination is only just beginning. 

Having accepted her identity, Sadie sets out on a daring quest with her friends, which takes them deep into alien territory. Fraught with tension and danger, the journey is not an easy one, especially when previous adversaries become new allies and cherished friends become suspicious opponents. 

As the heirs unite in a bid to restore peace to the galaxy, powerful enemies, determined to exact retribution, surround them on all sides. When hidden agendas and shocking revelations come to light, the fallout is massive. 

Sadie’s love life is a tangled, messy affair. While one relationship is embraced forever, another spirals out of control, threatening to destroy everything. Determined to do the right thing, Sadie will fight hard to protect those she loves. 

But there are some battles she cannot win.




You can find Saven Defiance on Goodreads

You can pre-order Saven Defiance here:

- Amazon






Excerpt:

Note: This is an unedited excerpt and the final published version will be slightly altered. 

Ax and Izzy are ascending the walkway into the belly of the ship, and I trail behind them. A welcome, familiar face is waiting to greet me at the top of the steps. Fern leans against the railing, her usual sunny face obscured behind a blanket of worry. Spotting me, she brightens for a nanosecond until she takes in my transparent ‘prisoner’ status. 

She skips toward us with purpose. “What the hell?” She pierces Haydn with a murderous glare, planting her hands on her slim hips.

“Don’t. Interfere.” He growls out a warning as he pushes past her, hauling me along for the ride. 

I shrug my shoulders as I eyeball my friend. “Don’t ask me for an explanation. No one is even speaking to me.”

“This is completely ridiculous, and totally unnecessary,” Fern yells as she stalks behind us like a miniature tornado.

“Babe,” Rylan says, stalling on the steps above us. “Let’s just get to the cabin and we’ll clear everything up.”

Haydn snorts and shakes his head. I deliberately impale him with my penetrating gaze, willing him to look at me so he can absorb the full glare of my frustration. But he’s as stubborn as ever, and he pretends not to feel my eyes burning a hole through the side of his skull. As I continue to stare at him—noting the ashen pallor of his skin, and how his once shorn hair has grown out, now curling and twisting around his ears and over his neck—I wonder if I’ve ever really known him at all. Or if he has ever truly known me.

Because if he did, he would know not to fear me. That there’s no need to treat me like this.




Siobhan
About the Author:

Siobhan Davis writes young adult science fiction fantasy romance books, and she is the author of the Amazon bestselling True Calling series. The first book in her new Saven series was released in December 2015.

A self-professed teenager forever--at least when it comes to books, music, and films, Siobhan is totally addicted to teen fiction and superhero/blockbuster movies. She loves baking, shoes, bags, makeup, anti-wrinkle cream, anything pink, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, and Robert Pattinson (definitely Team Edward).

Before pursuing a full-time writing career, Siobhan forged a successful corporate career in Human Resources over the last twenty years. She resides in the Garden County of Ireland with her husband and two sons.


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You can find and contact Siobhan here:

- Blog
- Amazon


Sample chapters, quotes, reviews and book excerpts are all available to download from the authors website

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#Interview #Spotlight. . .Worth Dying For. . . #BookBoost


COMIN' AT'CHA
Proudly Presents. . .A Book 'Spotlight'
Featuring Author, Kory M. Shrum


Worth Dying For
Dying for a Living Series 
Book Five
Kory M. Shrum

Genre: Supernatural Suspense, Paranormal Thriller
Publisher: Timberlane Press
Date of Publication: May 2, 2016

ISBN: 978-0692705322
ASIN: B01C0PFMJ6

Number of pages: Print, 435
Word Count: 83K

Cover Artist: John K. Addis


Book Description

A supernatural suspense novel about a snarky anti-heroine and her motley crew trying to stop the unstoppable. The fifth novel in the popular Dying for a Living series, Worth Dying For picks up two months after the events of Dying Light. 

The gang is in New York and much to Jesse’s surprise, they are all still alive. Jesse, Ally, Rachel, Gideon and Maisie have managed to stay off of Caldwell’s radar for months. But when your enemy can control minds and teleport, there isn’t a safe place in the world where you can hide. They have a plan for stopping his genocidal reign, but it will require a 2500-mile road trip to Cochise, Arizona, the abandoned military base where it all began.




Shrum's writing is smart, imaginative, and insanely addictive! I have begun to think of her books as my Kory Krack. I beg of you to pick them up. You will NOT regret it! ~ Darynda Jones, New York Times Bestselling Author of the Charley Davidson series

This book and author are now among my favorites! Wow! I might be a little partial to this story because I love morbid comedy, urban fantasy, and a good mystery. I'm also a big fan of original ideas, since they're so rare anymore. But this one has it all! ~ Angela Roquet, author of the Lana Harvey Reapers Inc. series.

Shrum is a master at blending a breezy narrative with genuine weight to story and characters. Hysterical, moving, and fascinating all at once. ~ John K. Addis, author of The Eaton

Excerpt: 

“So what’ll it be?” I ask her. “Water? Juice? I don’t think we actually have Gatorade, but I can walk down to the store.”

“Water’s fine.” Ally falls back against cushions and grins up at me. A light pink blush spreads over her cheeks. She finger-combs her hair. “My hair is so pretty. I love my hair.”

I snort. “I love your hair too.”

“What else about me is cute?” she asks.

“Everything.” I fluff the pillow for her and search the room for a blanket. I yank a red velvety throw off the back of a chair as Gideon slips out of the bedroom and passes me on his way to the mini fridge. He grabs one of the wrapped water glasses from the bar above.

“Grab us one too.” I have zero problems assigning tasks to other people. Sometimes I wonder if it was a mistake going into death-replacing. Sure, I was a great death replacement agent, and dying for other people is cool, but I’m really good at bossing people around.

It’s like a calling.

Gideon fills two water glasses with some fancy bottled water from the fridge and hands me a glass. I don’t dare remind him that Ally vowed not to drink this water yesterday. She ranted about the effect of plastic on the environment for ten whole minutes. I could’ve reminded her that the planet is about to explode anyway, but that meant Gideon would’ve won the argument and I’m Team Ally all the way.

I put the glass of water in her hand. What she doesn’t know won’t hurt her. “Here you go. Drink up.”

She waves her water around. “I just feel so good, you know?”

I smile. “I can tell.”

She runs a hand through her hair. “It’s a new year. A new beginning. And we have a great plan for kicking Caldwell’s butt.”

“We do.”

“And you’re so cute and you kissed me.”

With arched eyebrows, Gideon closes the bedroom door behind him. Thankfully, the sound of the television comes on, affording us some privacy.

I sink down onto the sofa beside her. “I’ll do it again if you want me too. I’ll kiss you a million times.”

She bites her lip and I’m about to lose it. I lean forward to kiss her but she starts talking again, so I hang there mid-smooch, lips puckered.

“Life is so good right now. No one is stabbing us, burying us alive, beating us up, or kidnapping the dog,” she goes on, her voice echoing inside her water glass. Her face pinches. “That means we are probably about to die.”

I press my lips together and sigh. “Don’t say that. You’ll jinx us.”

It’s difficult getting her to sit up, but I manage it. I want her to drink this water. I tilt the glass toward her lips, encouraging her.

“This is good,” she says and frowns at the water. “Is this tap water?”

“Yep.”

“Because I’m not drinking that $15 water Gideon bought.”

“It’s tap,” I say again. “You’re just too drunk to taste it.”

Ally shrugs and finishes the glass. Then she hands me her empty glass.

“You want more?”

“No,” she grins. “I want something else.”

“We’ve got chips, but that’s about it. And Rachel can’t close a bag to save her life, so they’re probably stale.”

She shakes her head, grinning.

Then I realize what she’s saying.

“Oh.” I smile. “Okay.”

She crawls over the pillow between us and pulls herself into my lap. She straddles me, wrapping her arms around my neck. She kisses me once on the cheek, probably a missed target rather than a sweet gesture, and then manages to get my mouth the second time.

She pulls back. “God, is it you or is it really hot in here?”

“We’re still wearing our coats.”

She laughs and looks down at herself. “Oh. Right.”

I reach up behind her and pull her jacket off. “Better?”

She snuggles up to me. “You’re still hot.”

“Thanks for noticing.”

“Let me help you take your coat off.”

“Okay.” I let her attempt to pull off the jacket, but it’s not really going anywhere and she accidentally pulls my hair twice. So I help her get my jacket off and throw it over the arm of the sofa. One of the throw pillows falls to the floor with a poof.

Ally doesn’t stop there. She slips her hands under my shirt, giving me a curious look. “Is this okay?”

I try to find the voice to tell her it’s more than okay. She would have been naked an hour ago in the grubby bathroom of some bar if she wasn’t such a germaphobe.

She is so beautiful. Her eyes are bright, reflecting the lamplight. Her face is flushed from the alcohol, her smile lazy. Her eyes half-closed. My heart pounds in my chest, thudding against my ribs so hard it hurts.

“What’s wrong?” A frown creases her face and I think she can hear my heart throbbing. “Don’t you think I’m pretty?”

“Don’t be stupid.”

I reach up and pull her down into my arms. I kiss her, even more deeply than I did on the balcony. I slip my hand under her shirt and unsnap her bra with one twist of my fingers.

She gasps in my mouth and the sound of it makes my whole body shudder.

“Lay down,” I command.

She laughs, surprised, but her voice goes all deep and breathy. “Yes, sir.”

I climb on top of her, positioning myself between her legs. I kiss her neck and she squirms, bucking her hips up against mine.

“Do you love me?” she asks.

“More than anyone.”

“Are you sure?”

I cover her mouth with mine. “Please stop talking.” I pull back. “Unless you want me to stop.”

“No, no.” She grabs the front of my hoodie, twisting it up in her fists and pulls me down on top of her.


About the Author:

Kory M. Shrum lives in Michigan with her partner Kim and her ferocious guard pug Josephine. She is very fond of naps and foods made of sugar, which is, as you can imagine, a deadly combination. But she tries to compensate for her extreme physical laziness with her overactive imagination. She's an active member of SFWA, HWA, and the Four Horsemen of the Bookocalypse, where she's known as Conquest. She's the author of five contemporary (and somewhat dark) fantasy novels in the Dying for a Living series: Dying for a Living, Dying by the Hour, Dying for Her: A Companion Novel, Dying Light, and Worth Dying For.

Dying for a Living has over 190 5-star reviews and is a free ebook.

When not writing, she can be found teaching, traveling, and wearing a gi. She's very likely to tempt you to an ominous tarot or palm reading--anything spooky-foo to pass the time until Guardians of the Galaxy or Sherlock return. She's not-so-secretly dying for the next season to begin.




Chatting it Up with Author, Kory M. Shrum

1. Tell us what you do to get in the mood for writing?

Step 1 for getting into the mood is to get a beverage. This is usually coffee or tea, because I’ll be the first to admit I’m addicted to caffeine. Then once the tasty beverage is on a coaster beside my computer, I turn on Pandora and select a music station to suit the mood of whatever I’m writing. My favorite stations are Nine Inch Nails, Florence and the Machine and BeyoncĂ©. As you can see, I have eclectic taste. 

2. When did you know Worth Dying For was the right story to be told? 

Well, Worth Dying For is the fifth book in my Dying for a Living/Jesse Sullivan series. So this far into the series, everything that’s happening is built upon the events of the early books. I was too young to know anything of the sort when I began Dying for a Living (Book 1). I started drafting it around 23-24 years old. I wrote two books that I ended up throwing away. But they say third time is a charm! So when I was about 25, I tried again, taking the story in a different direction and that’s the one that stuck. So I guess that’s the closest I can to knowing it was “the right story”.

3. Knowing all that goes into being a writer, what is the one thing you do not like about the process? 

The self-doubt. When I’m drafting, I’m constantly questioning myself. Is this the right direction? Am I doing this right? Is this book stupid? Is this scene stupid? Is this whole idea stupid? What am I doing? I’ve found the only way to get over this is to keep writing and editing until the doubt goes away.

4. If you could live inside any of your favorite books, which story would you choose to live?

This no doubt will change over time. If you’d ask me five years, I would’ve said something different and in five more years, I’m sure I’d also have a different answer. But for now, I’d love to be in Stephen King’s Mr. Mercedes or Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling. Both feature charming detectives solving cases. That’s what I’d love to be doing right about now.

5. Are you content with where you are now in life?

Absolutely! I bought my first house in September and I’m getting married in four months. Life is pretty good!

6. How many years have you been writing?

I’ve been writing seriously since about age 22-23. So ten years.

7. Why should a reader choose your book to read?

They should only choose it if they like sassy/snarky women who handle their business. Also, if they are fans of paranormal/supernatural themes.

8. What character presented the most challenges in Worth Dying For?

Rachel was a hard one to pin to the page. She is very head strong and can’t be made to do something she doesn’t want to do. 

9. What do you do to relax?

I watch movies and play Sims.

10. What famous author’s work would you say your writing style matches?

Probably Stephen King, as I read him the most out of any author. But I tend to focus more on plot/action and less on description.

11. What other interests do you have besides writing?

I’m currently learning French which is really cool. And I love having an excuse to bake something. Otherwise, it’s traveling, reading, and loving my pug.





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