CORRECTION! Carolyn’s name was misspelled in the previous publication of this author interview. I most humbly and abjectly apologize for my error.
It is nice to meet you! Tell us a bit about you where are you from and other than writing what else do you enjoy?
Hello back! I’m originally from Southern California, but I now live in Central Florida! Writing is my number one passion, but aside from that, I enjoy of course reading, baking, swimming, scuba diving, and lounging at the beach with my family.
How did you start writing? What was your inspiration to create?
I started writing from a very early age, so early that I wrote my first short story at the age of six! It was a super short two-pager, but it was that first brush with storytelling that had me fall in love. I’ve written since. My inspiration to create was always there, and my mother saw it early on, so she fostered it with a vengeance. She would always buy me writing tools—journals, fancy pen sets, calligraphy kits, felt-tipped pens (because I loved to doodle in the stories too), troves of writing pads, and all other manner of stationary. On top of that, she also surrounded me with hundreds of books at home because she knew I loved to read. Her overwhelming support of my interest in literature and writing really helped to shape me into the writer I’ve become today.
Who is your favorite author, is there anyone out there that inspires you?
There’s way too many to list but here are some who have REALLY inspired me growing up and still to this day: Lewis Carroll, Edgar Allen Poe, Shakespeare, Richard Matheson, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Nora Roberts, and J.K. Rowling.
What genre do you enjoy reading? What’s your favorite book and why?
I love psychological thrillers and mysteries best. Something about those really gets me going. I love to consider the big “why” behind the character’s actions, and I love a good tale that makes me think throughout and long after the story’s over.
Have you ever thought about writing in a different genre? If you could, what genre would you like to dabble in?
My first novel is an Urban Fantasy / Paranormal Thriller, but I really have a soft spot for non-fantasy mystery! I’m working on a hometown mystery now with elements of women’s fiction. I’m super excited to branch out beyond fantasy fiction!
Are you a “plotter” or a fly by the seat of your pants “pantster” as a writer?
I’m a die-hard plotter. I love to plan ahead and really map out disasters *evil laugh*. However, my characters sometimes seem to take over the story, and before I know it, I’m in left field. I still use my planning notes to keep me on relative track. It really helps me with the process to have a set of tracks already laid, even the train derails and becomes a runaway. With the tracks already in place, I can always find my way back. 😉
So… where can we get your books?
I’m all main places books are sold! Here’s some links to where you can buy IMMORTAL DESCENT:
AMAZON (for paperback)
AMAZON (for ebook)
B&N (for paperback)
Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Personally, I think that having a big ego really doesn’t help anyone, writer or not. Sure, you can know yourself and be confident but letting your life be led by your ego is not very genuine. I’m the real deal.
I think we should always remember where we come from, while never forgetting to realize how far we can go.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
I’m a “neck-deep” researcher, meaning I go all in. I LOVE learning new things so at times I might even get carried away in my research. I believe in genuine details for a story, and so I am thorough in research efforts. I do it throughout the writing process. Sometimes I’ll have to pause from writing to research, and that’s okay because it’s fresh in my mind and it’s the right time to get the information I need. This process does take longer, but it works for me.
What’s your writing schedule like?
In the past, it was somewhat erratic as I tried to find my best process. These days, it is somewhat intermittent. I’ll have months where it is steady and regular—2000 words a day. Then I’ll have months where it is just not happening, and I cannot get the right words to formulate. On top of that, I can be an impulsive writer as well, drilling out 5,000 words or chapters at a time in one sitting. When writing IMMORTAL DESCENT, the first half took me almost a year to draft (in spurts), then the second half of the book was a whirlwind, and I wrote it in less than three weeks. With the second installment, I’m far steadier and clipping along to where it will have only been a few months, start to finish.
Where would you like to travel to and why?
I have always wanted to travel to Japan! I studied Japanese for two years in college and loved it. The language is comprehensive but beautiful. I also admire the music, culture, and food too. It would be a real joy to visit Japan and add that to my list of travels. I would love to write a novel set in Japan one day.
Thank you so much for the opportunity! 😊