Briefly: Author of Archetype
Hometown: Santa Cruz, CA
Based In: Mechanicsville, MD
Favorite Read: Anything with a steamy, angsty, conflicted romance in it.
Pet Peeves: Self promotion on social media without a single personal thing to say in between, then stalking me to follow.
If You Weren’t a Writer You’d Be…An office admin for two men with seventeen restaurants between them.
Author Crush: Karen Marie Moning
Up Next: The sequel to Archetype, Prototype, on-sale July 2014
When you think back to your teenage years, what book-related memories emerge in your mind?
V.C. Andrews and Stephen King. My dad and stepmom used to get so annoyed with me because, even though I’d read them to tatters, if I had an Andrews book in my hand, the chores were not getting done. And I’ll never forget when my grandmother saw me reading Misery by Stephen King. She swore I was going to hell for reading that “trash.”
Do you think you could have written a book like Archetype say five, seven years ago?
No. Definitely not.
What words of advice would you like to share with a new writer who’s looking to write a novel set in the Dystopian world?
Consider every detail and how it affects not just the immediate characters, but the balance of the world.
What are your thoughts on publishing trends? Do you think that certain genres will outdo each other in terms of totally dominating readers’ attention?
I think for the most part, readers get bored with the inundation of whatever happens to be the current hot genre. I used to read a lot of paranormal romance, but these days I don’t have the patience for it. I’m burnt out, but it won’t last forever. I’ll get bored with these dystopian sci-fis I’m reading and return to paranormal and urban fantasy. I think that’s the same for a lot of people.
What have you found to be the most effective methods in promoting your book?
Social media has been really beneficial, but it’s a lot of work. I don’t want to be that author who only self-promotes. I want to be active and real with everyone, and I think that’s been the most successful part. I talk to people, which isn’t the case for a lot of authors.
Prototype, the next book in your two-part series, already has a release date. What was the writing and editing process like for it? Would you say it was less organic than Archetype?
I would absolutely say it was less organic, and the irony is that it took longer to write it than Archetype. I enjoyed a lot of aspects in writing Prototype, but found it more difficult. I wish every novel was as easy to write as Archetype had been. That was more of an out of body experience and sort of fell onto the page without a single plot point. I plotted Prototype and nothing worked the way I expected. I think, though, that a lot of my issues stemmed from the pressure to write a worthy sequel. I personally think Archetype is the best thing I’ve ever written, so how was I supposed to outdo myself? I’m not sure I did, but I still wrote a pretty kickass sequel.