Is your family supportive? Do your friends support you? My family and friends are extremely supportive of me. My husband lets me lock myself away and write endlessly on weekends while he hangs with the kids. And my family and friends are my biggest fans and are great about spreading the word about my books.
Do you plan to publish more books? Yes, the second book of the Secrets of Shadow Hill series, The Prophecy, comes out November 19th, and I’ve just completed the first draft of the third book in the series. I am also at the final stages of completing my first New Adult novel and am very excited for it to be released in the Spring of 2014.
What else do you do to make money, other than write? It is rare today for writers to be full time…
What other jobs have you had in your life? My “day job” is as a 3rd grade teacher. I feel like I have two dream jobs. I have the blessed opportunity to work with kids to see their potential and to find confidence in learning. The best part too is that I get to teach these young kids how to write, and watching them find their inner author is a gift.
If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Mantoloking, NJ. I love the shore and have so many amazing memories there. I’m a sap.
How do you write – lap top, pen, paper, in bed, at a desk? I write on my laptop, wither at a desk or in bed. There have many times, either on a run or right before falling asleep, where a great scene comes to me, and I take out my phone and type it all.
Where do you get support from? Do you have friends in the industry? I get support from my family and some authors who I have met over the past year. Ashley Chappell has easily been my biggest support in the writing world, and someone who I respect a lot. She’s an amazing writer!
How much sleep do you need to be your best? If I get a solid six hours, I’m good to go. I’m a morning person. Unless I had wine the night before.
Tell us about your new book? What’s it about and why did you write it? I have two books in the Secrets of Shadow Hill series that are out, Always and Forever, and The Prophecy. Always and Forever was released November, 2012, and The Prophecy, November 19, 2013.
I began writing the series because I had stories about wizards invading all of my dreams for months, and decided to sit down and out them into novels. Always and Forever begins with your introduction to Ava Fox and her twin sister Hannah as they discover they are descendants of a powerful wizard coven, Shadow Hill. A Chosen One, named Dalton, and his partner Aiden have been sent by the Grand Wizard of Shadow Hill to protect the girls from an evil coven out to capture them. The safety of the world depends on Ava’s return to Shadow Hill.
The Prophecy follows Ava and Dalton as they face many dangers and challenges.
They fight to keep all that they love safe while grappling with intense emotions. Ava struggles with her past as she is thrust into this new magical life filled with heartache and fear. Time and again Ava’s loyalty and strength are put to the test as she fights for those she loves. The Secrets of Shadow Hill series have many surprising twists and turns as more and more secrets of Shadow Hill are revealed.
““Listen, you had better get back home. I will walk you out of the woods, but you should not come here at night anymore, it is not safe.” he said.
Just then I realized that he was not from Bricktown, not even New Jersey. It sounded like he had an Irish accent just like my mother’s. His words flowed off of his tongue like a gentle stream.
“Thank-you for your concern, but I am familiar with this area. I’ll be fine. Where are you from anyway? I haven’t seen you here before,” I asked.
I don’t know why I didn’t feel more scared of this stranger who acted so curiously. He had the opposite effect on me making me very calm.
“I am visiting family. My name is Dalton.” He answered shortly and grabbed my arm and started to lead me back through the forest. His grip on my arms sent unexpected chills through my body.”
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Genre - YA Romantic Fantasy
Rating – PG-13