Great Summer Reads 2020 Countdown Blitz Day 8!
I have two rescue lurchers, so walking is a big part of my life. So is
singing and recording folk songs, and caring for my large collection of
2. What was the hardest part of writing your book, and how did you
The hardest part was actually gathering the courage to show it to
someone. I hadn’t planned on being a writer, so had no confidence in
what I’d written at first. Laying myself open to criticism—however
constructive and well intentioned—was terribly hard for me. Luckily, it
all worked out ok!
3. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
There are many places in the world I’d still like to see. The Great
Barrier Reef, for the fish and coral; the Maldives to swim with giant
Manta rays; and more of the US national parks because they’re so
4. Where do you get information and ideas for your books?
Many of my ideas come from watching fantasy and sci-fi films and reading
books in the same genres. I then let my imagination run and spawn new
ideas. If I need to research anything, I use the internet and I also ask
my fellow writers. The writing community is awesome and so helpful.
5. Tell us a bit about a future project you are working on? Do you have
any little sneak peeks you can share?
I’m currently writing a YA prequel to my Artesan series. I’m focusing on
Sullyan’s early life, how she developed her Artesan powers, and the
traumas and experiences that shaped her and made her the person she is.
It’s wonderful to be able to expand on characters in her past that
appear only briefly in my triple-trilogy series. For example, I’m loving
exploring her relationship with Fiann, the exiled Sinnian bard, and
discovering more about why he was exiled and how his experiences
impacted in her psyche.
6. Now that we've gotten to know each other, tell us a story of a
favorite childhood activity you used to do during the summer. It can be
long or short. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it's
yours. Tell us a story?
When I was a child, I was fascinated by butterflies and moths. My
parents and I used to love countryside trips and I would take along a
butterfly net to catch and identify any I could find. I then became
interested in breeding them and we made netting cages so I could rear
the larvae and watch them hatch into beautiful butterflies. I’d then
release them an watch them fly away. My biggest joy was spotting a
Purple Emperor butterfly on one walk – they were rare even then, and I
felt like some great, intrepid explorer for having seen it!