Tell us about your recent Riptide release. What was the inspiration behind it?
Skin Hunger is the second book in my Escaping Indigo series. It’s about the drummer of the band, Ava—she goes to visit family across the country and ends up falling for a woman she meets on the plane. But Ava’s still trying to deal with her family and, across the country, her feelings for her bandmate, Tuck.
I had vague thoughts about writing something for Ava after I finished Escaping Indigo, and I also had some ideas about a book where the love interest was a dancer. Those two ideas kind of came together into Skin Hunger—I liked the thought of exploring different types of art and creativity, and how those things shape a person. I’d also recently gone home to visit family myself, and that odd feeling of no longer belonging to a place and the people there influenced a lot of how I wrote Skin Hunger. I wanted to write about realizing your life has changed, maybe while you weren’t looking, and wanting to find a place, people, love, that make you feel like you’re home.
What can readers expect when they read a story from you? What would you like potential readers to know about you and your books?
My books tend to be a little quirky or unusual, but they’re always as from the heart as I can write them. I always try to put as much thought and care and emotional honesty into my books as I can. I hope that comes across in both the characters and the writing.
What was the most surprising thing you learned about yourself while writing your latest release?
That I could write a book that wasn’t a standalone! I never had any plans to write a series—I thought Escaping Indigo would be a standalone novel. And it, and the rest of the books in the series, do standalone well, but I like how they’re all connected—obviously by the characters and their stories, but by the music theme and idea of finding a place to fit in. I really loved going back and getting to write Ava because I felt like I already knew her so well, just from thinking about her and writing her in Escaping Indigo.
How long does it take you to write a book?
For a first draft, usually between one and two months. Every book’s different, though. For revising through the first time, I usually take another two weeks to a month.
Describe your workspace.
I don’t like sitting at a desk chair, so my ‘desk’ is a narrow bookcase flipped on its side, and I sit on a comfy dog bed. It’s in front of a big window, so I get to watch all the Arizona wildlife while I work. Where I sit, I’m pretty much surrounded by books, so it’s like having inspiration at all sides. ;)
Do you ever get writer’s block? What do you do to cure it?
I don’t think I get it in the sense that I can’t write anymore? There’s always a fear that this time, whatever magic made it possible to write a book won’t work, and I’ll fail. But I’ve never not been able to write. I say this everywhere, but the best advice I ever got for writer’s block was to just write anything. Start typing. I don’t have to have an entire plot planned out, or even know who my characters are or what their goals are. All I have to do is write. Just one sentence, even. One sentence of anything. And then, all I have to do is write the next sentence.
What can readers expect from you in the future?
Right now, I have both a romantic fantasy and contemporary romance books published, and those are the two genres I’d like to work in the most. I have a few contemporary books planned, but I would also really love to write more fantasy. And maybe—hopefully—some science fiction, too.
Do you have a favorite quote?
Just one? Can I cheat and do two? I love this one from Alexis Hall’s Glitterland:
“I would have written myself into his skin if only I could, like a prisoner marking the walls of his cell, just to prove I was still alive and that I did not drift, untouching and untouched, through a universe of empty spaces and fading stars.”
And this one from Vanilla Sky:
“The sweet is never as sweet without the sour.”