How often do you write? And when do you write?
I try to write every day, usually in the early morning or late at night (since I do have a full-time job.)
Do you have an organized process or tips for writing well? Do you have a writing schedule?
I’ve tried working to a detailed outline, which I’ve found incredibly valuable, but most of the time, I usually just work toward a vision of several key scenes that need to be in the novel, filling it out along the way. The key, I think, is being conscientious enough to finish the first draft. Once you have the first draft, warts and all, you can edit your way into a polished gem, but you have to have the first draft.
Sometimes it’s so hard to keep at it – What keeps you going?
I’ve often asked myself whether this whole book-writing this is worth it. My husband, I think, had the best response of all. “What else were you planning to do with your time?” He knows me. He knows I’ve been writing since before I met him. He urges me to have patience. After all, I’ve only been published for a year and a half, and it sometimes takes people years to become an overnight success.
Have you met any people in the industry who have really helped you?
Absolutely. I’ve met many other authors online. In addition to moral support, I’ve received lots of publishing and marketing tips that have helped me reduce the time needed to learn the ropes.
What do you hope people will take away from your writing? How will your words make them feel?
I hope that readers will be different for having touched, however briefly, my fictional worlds, that their worldviews are expanded, their empathy for others is deeper, and they’ve emerged a better person.
Alone for a millennium, since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears to be at an end when her consort’s soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.
Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampire, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.
Furthermore, Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the icrathari and the vampires.
As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: what is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?
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Genre - Fantasy, Paranormal
Rating – PG-13