Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’m a trained oceanographer and a full-time lover of magic and history. I have loved books and writing from a young age, and my first published book was written during a long bus commute. I love to write, of course, but like to try new things as well–my most recent endeavors are broadsword, archery, and aerial silks, although baking bread with my young son is also a new favorite activity.
I have written four published books to date (in two series), and am planning on publishing my fifth in May 2018.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
My most recently published book is called Winded, and it is the second book in the Musings of Merlin Series. Each book in the series focuses on a different “element” (earth, air, water, fire), and this one was air. Ignition, the fire book, was the first in the series. I like keeping the titles of this series short and snappy, and I thought Winded could mean a few different things–it’s a layered title.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I like to write in a notebook (well, I don’t like the transcription to computer that inevitably follows, but I find my thoughts flow more easily with a pen). I use a fountain pen to reduce hand strain, and my ink is purple because why not? I love purple.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
This question! Too many to choose from, and any list I make will leave out important ones that have been lost to my memory yet still influence my sunbconscious. Tolkien, Lewis, Rowling are all the obvious biggies. As a kid, I loved Madeline L’Engle, Monica Hughes, Tamora Pierce, and Susan Cooper. And for the Arthurian side, the Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley is a perennial favorite.
What are you working on now?
The third and final book in the Breenan Series! It will be published May 2018.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Do it for the joy of writing, and write what you love. This is not a get-rich-quick business, so you’d better love what you do.
What are you reading now?
I just finished A Madness of Angels, or The Resurrection of Matthew Swift, which was incredible and original and inspiring (to me as a writer). It was hard to put down.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Book three of the Musings of Merlin Series is already in the works!
What is your favorite book of all time?
That’s too difficult! Although, the Mists of Avalon might be up there.