How long have you been writing?
My whole life I've loved writing, and was always dabbling. It was difficult though, because my priorities were a little 'too focused' on work. I lost myself a bit. Circumstances changed and I re-introduced myself to my first love again. It was a re-awakening, you could say.
What inspired you to write your first book?Honestly...heartache. Not over a boy, but over the loss of my business. I started daydreaming more, trying to escape the dark place I was at. It came to me then, and eventually I started writing it down.
Which of your characters do you relate to most and why?Definitely Wesley, even though he's totally rich, and a male---he resonates with me. There's a fragility to him. By all appearances he has it all, but still feels lost. He's searching for something. That's where I was when I was writing too. Lost, scared, and complicated...not a rich boy though LOL!
What is a secret about you that nobody else knows?Hmmm...I'm terrified of bridges. I never mention it to anyone, partly because I don't want people to think I'm a nutter and mostly 'cause I don't want to jinx myself! Great, now I'll be extra nervous next time I have to cross one.
If your real life as a teenager was a Young Adult book, what would you, the main character, be like?Pretty weird. My life, like me, is colorful. I can tell you that she would be nerdy.
What book have you read too many times to count?Jane Eyre. It's my favoritist of all time!
What is the best piece of writing advice you ever received?You won't please everyone and you shouldn't try, or expect to. Write from the heart.
What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating Finding Summerland?How hard formatting is. There's like a different type of formatting for everything...from ebooks, to paperbacks, etc. It's mind boggling!
What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Play in my garden with the vegetables and sing to my sunflowers...usually John Denver.
Are any of the things in your books based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?Hard to say...the lines get blurred. Sometimes I think mermaid might be real ;)
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?The prologue was fun. It's actually part of a later book in the series, but I threw it in for fun because I loved it so much I wanted to share it right away. I felt like so much of the first book is about setting up the story, I wanted readers to get small morsels of things to come. There is such a different dynamic unfolding between Wes and Wyatt, it was a nice change of pace for me.
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About Finding Summerland
After his brothers recent disapearance Wesley Rochester wished he could just fade into obscurity. Searching for closure, he's haunted by visons. Consumed with decoding the messages, he begins turning dangerously deeper inward. Enter an intriguing, 'not quite' human stranger, who mysteriously arrives just as he feels all hope is lost. Together they begin to realize that their destinies are intricately tangled in a drama reaching far beyond the realms of the wold they know. Discovering the secrets plaguing wesley since childhood are no coincidence, and everything he believes is shattered. Captivated by her, he must decide between the life he has and the one he'd forgotten.
'Finding Summerland' is like 'Twilight' in the sense that it is a supernatural, coming of age romance—but has a genre bending, metaphysical element and a much deeper rabbit hole. Follow the journey of two star crossed souls as they explore who they are and the ties that bind them. Enter a world intentionally forgotten. A place buried by history, where only the chosen are aware of its existence. A place covenants are made and broken, where myth leads to truth and forbidden love threatens to destroy or be destroyed, becoming just another casualty in their shadow war.
The introductory novel in a series of five, called 'The Ameryn Chronicles'—but compelling enough to stand alone—'Finding Summerland' is sure to be savored by anyone craving to stretch the bounds of ordinary imagination, edgy enough to engage readers who enjoy unravelling a mystery, and sweet enough to grab onto the hearts of the romance lovers! Where legends breathe and dreams are alive. A 'trippy' journey to a new reality.