Can you tell us about your books?
I’m a hybrid author of both critically acclaimed traditionally published and Amazon bestselling independently published books for all ages. My fourth YA, SPARK (which B&N recently listed on their “2016 YAs with Irresistible Concepts: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/teen/10-2016-ya-books-with-utterly-irresistible-concepts/) will release with HarperCollins in May.
Last year, I independently released FIFTH AVENUE FIDOS (humor / romantic comedy), as well as PLAY IT AGAIN, the adult follow-up to my traditionally-published YA romance PLAYING HURT. In 2016, I released my first SA (senior adult) novel (for fans of THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL), MILES LEFT YET.
What are you currently writing?
I’ve been focusing my indie / e-books on short reads lately. My FOREVER FINLEY SHORT STORY CYCLE is releasing once a month throughout 2016. Each short story in the series is a stand-alone that takes place in the quaint small town of Finley, with a title that reflects the month of its release. Because the stories are stand-alones, they can be read in any order, really, and at any time. (If the synopsis of the January story piques your interest in March, go for it! You’ll be able to jump right in and enjoy the story all on its own, without any prior knowledge of what took place in December.) On their own, each story paints one picture, but when read together, the entire year will create a different picture. (And come on—our TBR piles stretch so high, sometimes, it just feels really good to be able to start and finish a satisfying read in one sitting.) The first three stories in the series—COME DECEMBER, JANUARY THAW, and FORGET FEBRUARY—are live now.
My middle grade novel, THE JUNCTION OF SUNSHINE AND LUCKY, is currently up for four readers’ awards (including my own state’s Mark Twain Award). Because fans of the THE JUNCTION have asked for a new story, I’ve also recently released my first e-short story for young readers: WORDQUAKE. I had a ton of fun with that one.
How long have you been a published author?
My first book was a YA—A BLUE SO DARK. It released in 2010. Before I published a novel, though, I’d also published short stories, poetry, and literary critical analysis in university journals.
If you could give any piece of advice to unpublished writers what would it be?
Write every day. I know a lot of authors cringe at that advice—many published authors say they don’t. But by “writing,” I’m not saying you need to have a 5,000-word output. I mean you should do something to further your writing. Read a new author. Do some research. Outline your project. Do a character sketch. All that absolutely counts. Do something literary / writing-related every day.
Who are your favorite authors?
This might sound a little weird, but given the opportunity to read a book by an author I’m really familiar with and one that I’ve never heard of, I have a tendency to grab the book by the author I don’t know. It’s really important to keep introducing yourself to new voices, new techniques. Keeps your own writing fresh.
What are some of your favorite books to read again and again?
I’m an old lit major so…JANE EYRE. Anything by Jane Austen.
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