I’m a novelist, a publisher, a poet, a graphic designer and sometimes-musician. I grew up in Washington State among the deep forests and low-hanging clouds; clouds so thick, they became a dense canopy, immobile for months at a time, casting valleys and mountains into pensive, rain-drenched silence.
Since I was 10-years-old, I have lived in Los Angeles, CA. It is a land of sunlight, smog, cement and rainbow haze. Needless to say, it’s grown on me. 😉
I have a deep and abiding love of the world. I believe in a direct path, one that was laid out in my heart from the moment I was conceived; something embedded in the DNA that you just can’t fight. DNA. Destiny. Isn’t it all the same?
Either way, this writing thing, it’s in the blood. I am set on living my dream, not waiting for someone else’s permission to do so. Life is short. It is fragile. It is so very, very priceless, and I will not live with regrets.
I also love to help those I meet along the way. I am very much a philanthropist, and I am happy to hear from other authors, readers, bloggers and writers. I am very thankful for my writing career and humbled by the success I have experienced so far. I am excited to share my journey with you, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Jung/Briggs Myers personality test: I score INTJ or INFJ, usually within 1% or 2% variation between Thinking and Feeling. As a general rule, I don’t take personality tests very seriously–people are far too complex to be summarized by a series of letters–but for those who are interested, those are my results. You can take the test yourself here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are you working on now?
Ferran’s Map is finally finished and I am working on the 5th book of The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, Krait’s Redemption. The fifth book is fully outlined and will be epic! I am very excited about continuing the series. There is a lot to Crash and Sora’s story that is not yet resolved. I’m also writing several short stories to add to the world. I’ve also started a new series called The Dragon Pearl. You can check out the website here.
Have you considered writing a typical fantasy story? You know, with elves and dwarves and such?
Honestly, it doesn’t really interest me. My imagination is a little crazier than that, and I think elves/dwarves have been overdone. However, I do write a series about dragons, dragon hunters, dragon riders, etc. It’s a lighter, faster read than The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, though just as rollicking of an adventure, if I daresay myself! You can find out more information here.
How long have you been writing?
I finished my first book when I was 13. It was about 800 pages long, and I’ve been writing ever since, so that makes 13 years now. It’s amazing to say I’ve been writing The Cat’s Eye Chronicles, in one form or another, half my life.
When did you decide to become an author?
I’m not sure a “decision” was ever truly made…it was my dream for years but I denied it for a long time. I started writing very young and won my first award when I was 13. But when I went to college, I felt obligated to pursue a more lucrative career. I changed my major several times and finally went into Creative Writing, because it was the only thing I felt good at. I’m glad I made that choice. It definitely gave me the tools to better my writing and further my career. Looking back, I’d say I was always destined to become an author, whether I acknowledged it or not. I can’t imagine my life without writing.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up reading Tamora Pierce, Robin McKinley, Brian Jacques (Redwall!) and J. K. Rowling. Today, my favorite authors are J. V. Jones, Robin Hobb, George R. R. Martin and Neil Gaiman, to name a few. I find myself not reading quite as much as I used to. Full-time writing consumes a lot of time!