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What kind of books do you write?
I’ve written in different genres, but I’ve found my niche in contemporary YA. I love to experiment with my writing, so I have lots of different ideas. But there’s always a romance!
Do you outline or just go with it?
My writing style has changed and evolved. In past manuscripts, I’ve been a “pantser” (just went with it). With my current WIP, I outlined it first. It really helped focus the story, this one specifically. It changes story to story, though.
What’s your favorite book you have written? Tell us a little about it.
Every book I’ve written has a special place in my heart. I love the one I’m currently working on. It’s a tie between a manuscript titled The Way to Grace and this one!
What do you find to be the hardest thing about writing? The best thing?
That first page. The first page is always daunting. It’s so blank! The best part of writing is hitting that grove, where you know the story is going somewhere. I really start to believe in a story at around 30K-40K.
When did you know you wanted to be a writer, and when was the first time you wrote a story?
Twelve-years-old. I finished my first novel-length story at eighteen.
What’s your favorite book you’ve read this year? And what’s your favorite book ever?
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
It’s a toss up between Voyager by Diana Gabaldon (really anything she writes) and My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick.
You also have a Bookstagram account on Instagram. What are your favorite kinds of pictures to take? Inspiration?
I love #copythatcover! Meredith of @fromlibrarywithlove is a huge inspiration and so sweet. I also love @latenightreading, @erinsummerill, and @pink_eye_pro.
When you take Bookstagram pictures, do you take them daily or a bunch at one time?
I usually take them one day at a time. Sometimes I don’t have time for this, so I miss a day. But my pictures are better, I’ve found, if I don’t stockpile them.
What’s your favorite color?
My favorite color changes with my mood! I love red, blue, green, purple! I love purple right now.
Do you have any advice for other writers out there?
Keep going. It’s a never-ending process, but it’ll be worth it (I hope) in the end. You meet wonderful people along the way and get to develop your craft. Every story is a story worth discovering.