I'm always happy to answer questions about myself or my books,
but please check below to see if I've already answered your question.
Will you send me a copy of one of your books to review?
I have openings on my Street Team! Feel free to apply. Otherwise, I don’t send out books to randos, I’m sorry! Heh.
Will you do an interview/contest for my blog?
I am free to do interviews, yes. You can request an exclusive interview with me here. If you’re interested in a contest, that will require more discussion to see what all it would entail from me. Contact me here and make your pitch!
Will you read my fanfiction/manuscript/query and give me feedback?
At the moment, I am not accepting manuscripts for feedback. I wish I had more time for it, but there’s just too much on my plate. Soon I will launch a freelance manuscript critique service for interested parties, but until then, consider finding yourself a good critique partner that is reliable and knows the craft. If you don’t know how to go about doing that, I recommend checking out Critique Circle and voicing your need, or searching the hashtag #cpconnect on Instagram or Twitter.
Where do you get your ideas from?
There’s no one place, but my brain is known to generate ideas at the most inopportune times, like when I’m just waking up from a deep sleep, in the middle of a church sermon, or in the shower. However, I can tell you I get lots of ideas from dreams, as well as real life occurrences that just jog something in my head and inspire me.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Practice, practice, practice. Read, read, read. And stick with it, even when you don't feel like it. If you want to make a profession out of writing in any capacity, it's takes ambition, dedication, and tooons of practicing the skill. Have you heard of the 10,000 hour theory? ;) Always be a student of your craft -- study, pay attention to what other writers do and how they do it. Then write. And write some more. It's my (humble) opinion that you never truly "arrive" when it comes to writing; you should forever be learning new ways to write better.
How do you combat writer's block?
This is a two-fold answer for me. When I'm being bad, I run away from writing and let myself be stumped because I'm straight-up intimidated. This is, naturally, ineffective in resolving anything. But when I'm being good, I have a myriad of ways to deal with writer's block: talk out the scene with my writer's group, force myself to do a writing sprint, try writing only dialogue, read a book, watch a well-written movie/tv show, or verbally act out the scene like my own mini improv exercise. In worst case scenarios, I take a nap. Sometimes lack of sleep is the only thing standing in my way!
How did you decide to self-publish rather than go the traditional route?
I chose to be a self-published author after researching every which way to go in publishing, and determined it was the best fit for me. I'd already found out through recent experiences that I didn't want to answer to anybody else when it came to my own aspirations, even if that meant potentially turning my back on fame and fortune. I may not sell as many books or make as much money per unit sold, but I have 100% control over my work, my life, and everything in between, and that's more important to me. It ended up being a good decision for me, as I can be very frugal when it comes to spending, so I managed to fork out less than $1k on publishing my first book. It was a lot of work (with many all-nighters, tears shed, and tight deadlines), but I did almost everything myself, or with the help of my husband. I set my own deadlines, we hired a friend to make the cover, I tweaked it myself for all the variations we needed, I made my own teaser graphics, did 95% of my own marketing, formatted the manuscript, sought out tips from author friends and influencers when I needed ideas about or help navigating certain preparations, consulted beta readers and my writing group for editing and revisions, and established my author platform online well before my publication date. It was HARD, and I made a lot of mistakes (i.e., turns out you HAVE to have the cover and the MS formatted before you can upload your book for pre-ordering). But I've also never experienced a fraction of this kind of fulfillment in any other career path. It may sound cheesy, but I was made for this!