When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
My first inclination of ever writing anything remotely close to a book would be the desire to rewrite the ending of Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume. I wanted to rewrite it. I wanted to be Davey! I felt her pain her loneliness and her experience with trying to move forward. Then the real moment came when I finally wrote a four-page poem. It was short story form.  From there it was short stories and out came Eyes on the Pryze 15 years later and the ink has yet to dry.

Where do your ideas come from?
Life experiences…trending talk… There is always a large piece of me in all that I write.

How long does it take you to write a book?
It took me 62 days to write my first book Eyes on the Pryze. Now it takes a little longer because I do so much more, literary industry wise. It could take me anywhere from 3 months to a year. Especially because I HAVE to write down everything whispered to me by the characters that come to me so I have about 17 books unfinished some just waiting for endings.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I used to free write but now I use the app Novel Idea.

How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?
I must be honest; my creativity has evolved immensely but genre wise I am stuck at the moment.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
Being able to write what you want and still appeal to a broad audience.

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
I have never had one. I just get in here I fit in. I think it’s hard for me to force the writing.

What is your latest release and what's next?
Hand Me Downs… my next will be the sequel Handed Down hoping for a summer release. I also have a newly established co with a colleague starting a children’s book publishing home. So be on the lookout for Brand New presents Happy Moon Publishing.


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