1) First, tell us about yourself – where you live, your family, and those sorts of details.
I live in Southern California and have all of my life. My wonderful husband and I have two beautiful sons that keep us super busy and on our toes. All of my time is spent on my family. And when I'm not keeping them entertained, I find a few minutes here and there to write!
2) How long have you been writing?
I've always loved writing. However, it wasn't until I took a creative writing class in college with a wonderful professor that I truly unlocked some of my ability. My professor is actually the one that drove me to start writing novels.
3) Do you have a favorite place to write?
Before I had my baby, I would stay up until 3 or 4 in the morning writing in the quiet of the playroom. Now, however, I sneak in some time downstairs while the baby is sleeping. I think my ideal writing spot would be anywhere I could see it raining, though!! Since rain doesn't happen very often where we live, I'd get very little writing done!
4) Why did you decide to write Chasing Flames?
Actually, this book was created out of frustration. I had written my middle grade novel, Dragon Wars, and was trying to get an agent for it. I received quite a few responses praising the book, but in the end they want novels geared toward young adults. So, I decided to try my hand at a YA story!
5) Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
Adam! Adam is so mischievous and a total smart ass. There is a lot of my husband in this character.
6) How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
My true least favorite character doesn't show up until book two actually. His name is Sigmund. Without spoiling too much of the plot, I will say that he is just a pompous, arrogant jerk! However, in this book, I'd have to say my least favorite is Mr. Morrano. He is one of Aydah's teachers and is inspired by a teacher I had in high school.
7) Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?
I am a very anal editor!! I go over my books many times with a fine toothed comb, but that is never enough. No matter how many times I go over my work, I am bound to miss something. So, that is where Melissa Ringsted comes in! She is the editor for Anchor and has done a great job.
8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Spend time with my family! I am either playing with my son's, volunteering in my older son's classroom, doing something Scout related, camping, or just plain hanging out and enjoying my boys - and yes, I include my husband in the 'boy' category.
9) Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read when I can and it isn't as often as I'd like! I love Tolkien, George R. R. Martin, Ken Follett, Stephen King's Dark Tower Series, and I've grown to be a fan of Alicia Michael's and Stacey Rourke's work!