Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
I’ve been an author for a long time, but only recently got serious about actually publishing my work and sharing it outside of my group of friends.
I currently have three books out:
Ironbound Kisses through Dreamspinner Press
Seeking the Storyteller with Briana Lawrence
And an erotic novella under the pen name Destiny Dawn, called Blushing Apples
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Ironbound Kisses is a gay romance fantasy tale centering around Thomas, a young man who is hired at a local circus. He’s looking for a simple job to fill his time and make him enough money to live on, while not being so boring that he wants to leave. What he isn’t expecting is to fall for the strange young man who lives in the circus manager’s trailer that everyone insists doesn’t exist.
The inspiration for this novel honest came back in college, some time after I’d seen Cirque De Sol myself. Researching and stepping into that world seemed like fun, and I’ve always loved tossing a bit of fantasy and mythical creatures into our world.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I tend to write while I’m at my day job, during my breaks. I write really well when I have a very limited time to work on things and I can shut out the rest of the world with headphones and random quiet music.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
As I was growing up, I read every book I could get my hands on. I developed a taste for fantasy and have a very soft side for exploring the myths, lore and legends of other cultures. As for specific authors, it varies and there’s really too many to name. I did, however, have a love for L.J. Smith, Laurell K Hamilton, Stephen King, R.L. Stine, Peter David and many others.
What are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the sequel to Seeking the Storyteller and a sequel to Blushing Apples. I have some ideas for a sequel to Ironbound Kisses, but nothing too concrete yet.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I’m still learning all of that, so sadly I don’t have an answer yet.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Just write. Worry about being perfect and advertising later. You have to write first, because if you don’t have a written piece, you have nothing to start with. Take care of all the other stuff after that.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
Don’t try and follow the trends. Vampires are in and then they’re out. By the time you finish your book to the trends, they’ll be over. So just write what you write, trends aren’t a thing to be raced after. They’re a thing to happily fall into.
What are you reading now?
I am actually between books at the moment and delving into the world of comics, following Teen Titans and Grave Impressions.
What’s next for you as a writer?
I’m always writing and always working on stuff. I’m sure there are many new books in many different genres in my future.
What is your favorite book of all time?
This one is really hard. But I would have to say the Death Gate Cycle by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman.