I can’t seem to avoid it for some reason. I was raised on fantasy and science fiction by my avid fan father, as well as Dungeons and Dragons. And, my family is known for their interesting intuitive abilities, something I share (I read Tarot and have been told I scare people LOL). So, paranormal characters seem to be the norm for me. I’ve tried writing non-para and have succeeded a few times, but most of my work falls under the supernatural umbrella.
Tell us about an educator who made an impact on your life.
My first grade teacher, Mrs. Redmond. I was ill when they did the first year assessments at the end of kindergarten and was placed in a remedial class when I began school in September. I came home crying every day to my mother because they wouldn’t let me read. When she finally convinced the principal to let me switch classes, Mrs. Redmond handed me books and books and books. I loved her for it and will always be grateful to her for understanding.
I can write pretty much anywhere, but typically I’m in my basement office, surrounded by books, or in my kitchen at the breakfast nook with cats curled up on the bench beside me.
What was it like seeing your book cover for the first time?
The blue of Family Magic is now iconic to me and makes me happy every time I see it. I even look for clothes, nail polish, jewelry, anything that matches because I love it so much. The bright yet paranormal feel of the book, paired with the soft feel of the swirly vines and the powerful font is 100% Sydlynn Hayle, the lead character. So, naturally, I adore it. And stare at it, I admit, for long periods of time with a grin on my face.
What book most impacted your life?
It was a Nancy Drew mystery when I was twelve years old, but don’t ask me the title. The book itself isn’t the important part, though I remember enjoying it immensely. Instead, it was the trigger that told me I could be a writer. When I finished reading it, the little voice in my head whispered, “I can do that.” And I’ve been writing ever since.
What is your favorite writing spot?
On the soft, fuzzy bench of my kitchen nook with a couple of my cats curled up beside me, a fresh cup of hot coffee and my pug, Jelly Bean, at my feet. Heaven.
What are your “must-haves” when writing?
Coffee, my computer, post-it notes, my favorite pen, dayplanner to log my wordcount, headphones so I can listen to rain or bioneural beats while I write. And the voices. J
Her mom’s a witch, her dad’s a demon and she just wants to be ordinary. But, when an insidious evil comes after her family, Sydlynn Hayle has to choose to be the normal girl she craves or step up, embrace her magic and save her coven from disaster.
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