20 Questions

20 Questions…not really. How about 10?


1.  When did you start writing?

I always made up stories as a kid, but it wasn’t until middle school that I began writing them down. I even asked for an electric typewriter for Christmas one year. (My family didn’t own a computer until I was near the end of high school). Unfortunately, during college–and afterwards as a teacher–I never had time to write for myself, but in 2009 I finally started again . . . this time, with a laptop and an iPad. 🙂

2.  What do you write about?

I’ve written a little bit of everything, from  scripts to magazine articles, but fantasy is my passion. I’ve been drawn to the idea of fantastical worlds grounded in reality my entire life, and those are the stories I want to explore. As to why I write for young adults — it just feels natural to me.

3.  Do you have any advice for writers?

If I’ve learned anything on this journey, it’s this: DON’T GIVE UP!! It’s going to get tough. It’s going to hurt. You’re going to cry and sweat and scream. But if you have a passion for something . . .if you have a dream . . .then keep at it. Set goals for yourself and don’t let anyone, including yourself, talk you out of what you know you’re born to do.



4.  How would you describe yourself?

Well, that’s a difficult question to answer. I’ve been called “one of those creative types”. I’ve been deemed “bohemian”, “weird”, and a general “goof ball.” And you know what? I have no problem with that.  I love living outside of the box. I’m a geek. I’m an Anglophile. I’m a Jesus follower. I’m a wife and mom. That pretty much sums me up.

5.  What is most important to you?

Well, that’s easy. Jesus. I’d be nothing without Him. Next would be my loving and supportive family, both immediate and extended. My husband, who is my soul-mate and my best friend. My biological son, who is the sunshine of my life. My adopted son, who has opened my eyes to many amazing things. And after that, my friends, my church, and the amazing opportunities God has given me.

6.  Do you have hobbies?

I’m really, really into science fiction and fantasy, and I read and watch a ton of it. I used to collect X-Men comic books until my wallet hurt too much, and I had to stop. I tend to acquire things linked to the United Kingdom in any way, and I won’t even begin to go into my obsession with Disney.

7.  What activities interest you?

Anything related to theatre. I’m a theatre geek and proud of it. I’ve acted, directed, stage managed, and designed. Musical theatre is awesome. (And I spell theatre the “proper” way. It’s difficult for me to write the American spelling). I spend my fair share of time on social media. I love, love, love cosplaying. There is just something about researching a character you like, creating a costume for them, and getting to wear that costume to a convention where other people enjoy doing the same thing.

8. What are your favorite books/authors?

Goodness! There are too many to count! As I child, I read anything I could get my hands on, from The Secret Garden to Black Beauty. It was CS Lewis that opened my mind to fantasy when I was in fourth grade. The Chronicles of Narnia solidified my love of fantastical worlds. J.R.R. Tolkien’s works deepened that love when I was in middle school. In high school, I grew to adore Shakespeare and Victorian literature, especially Jane Austen, but I spent all my money buying Mary Stewart’s novels about King Arthur and Merlin, as well as Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman’s Dragonlance series.

As to my current reads…there are so many fantastic young adult authors out there that I can’t name them all, but Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, Maggie Stiefvater, Veronica Roth, Stephenie Meyer, Steven Lawhead, and Richelle Mead definitely make up a good section of my YA bookshelf.

9.  How about your favorite films/television shows?

Pretty much, if it’s science fiction, fantasy, or superheroes…it’s probably on my favorites list. The Princess Bride is my go-to classic, but all the Tolkien-based films rank high as well. I love most everything (with the exception of a few) that Marvel Studios has done, and if it’s got Disney linked to it, I probably like it.

As to television, the same criteria applies, but I also have a bit of an obsession with British television, especially dramas. Sherlock, Broadchurch, and Downton Abby are all favorites of mine, (ESPECIALLY Sherlock), and I have been a loyal fan of Doctor Who since I was in middle school and the public television station first brought Tom Baker’s 4th Doctor into my living room every Saturday night. I remain as big of a fan today as I was then. (And yes, I adore Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor…in case you wanted to know).

10. What are your favorite places to go? Or want to go?

Disney World. Enough said. I’ve been going since my honeymoon, and it never gets old.  Dragon*Con in Atlanta. Hands down, one of my favorite places to go every year.  I’ve been to South Africa, Russia, France, and the Bahamas. Places I want to go? The United Kingdom, specifically London. Ireland. New Zealand.

**Update** I’m so blessed and lucky that I can finally say I’ve been to England and Wales! Now, to hit Ireland and Scotland, and I’ll be a happy girl. If I didn’t live here, I’d live in the UK, hands down.