Q: What books/authors have influenced you and why?
A: I admire Dean Koontz for the integrity he holds for his books and characters and his ability to imagine such extraordinary and delightfully disturbing stories. Classics such as Jane Eyre and The Scarlett Letter inspired me to write about strong-willed and independent female protagonists. And, of course, I cannot omit the series that initiated my love of reading and encouraged me to open my imagination to new and fantastic worlds – Harry Potter.
Q: Tell me about your protagonist. What’s your favorite trait and/or weakness?
A: My favorite trait of 21-year-old Aubrie Lander in The Affliction is her stubbornness. She is determinedly independent and resistant to receiving help from others. Her guarded demeanor helped protect her from an alcoholic mother and the aftereffects of the death of her first love, but becomes her biggest weakness when she meets Gabriel, an enigmatic but handsome stranger persistent in his efforts to break down her walls.
Q: What are your current/future projects?
A: I am currently working on a sequel to The Affliction! I couldn't help developing more of Aubrie and Gabriel’s story. In the future, I would like to continue writing romance novels, paranormal and not, and also undertaking a back-burner project on an emotionally abusive, controlling relationship.
Q: If you could go back in time and give yourself advice, what would it be?
A: When I started to write The Affliction, I didn’t brainstorm or plot anything beforehand, I simply just wrote and let the story develop. If I could go back, I would map at least the major ideas and progression of events, which would have saved time adding and deleting pieces that did or did not work with where the story ended.
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