Location and life experiences can really influence writing, tell us where you grew up and where you now live?
-I grew up in the suburbs of northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC. My father is retired Navy and my mom was a stay-at-home mom. I grew up in a household that nurtured creative abilities as well as emphasized the need for education. I think that is why I wound up as an engineer with so many hobbies. My mom taught me to sew at a young age, and my dad let me play with his tools in the garage. It was a fun household, often covered in glitter.
I still live in Springfield, where I was raised. My husband, who also grew up here, and I bought a house a little over two years ago and have settled in. I work as an engineer for the Navy while he works at the Pentagon.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
-Boy, I wish I knew. It sounds cheesy, but I don’t know where most of my ideas come from. I often find myself cooking when a random train of thought comes rolling through my brain and I go “huh, that’s an interesting concept.” From there I usually obsess about it until I can flush it out as a viable idea, or dismiss it completely.
What is hardest – getting published, writing or marketing?
-Writing is by far the easiest. If you had asked me in July, I might have said publishing is the hardest. I sent out tons of agent queries and only got canned responses in reply. Now that I have chosen to head down the “self-publishing” route, I’ve discovered that that isn’t so much the case anymore. By far the hardest thing is marketing. There is a massive amount of information out there on the internet and no one to direct you. It’s very overwhelming to even think about where to start.
What marketing works for you?
-I’m trying to figure out the whole marketing thing as I go. It’s a big, scary world out there with millions of outlets. I’m just trying to figure out what works for me and where I fit in to it all.
Do you find it hard to share your work?
-I did at first. Now I don’t find it hard to share by passing files along or something. I do, however, still hate reading my own work out loud. It’s a fear I’m working on getting over.
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Genre - Urban Fantasy
Rating – PG - 13
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