Frequently Asked Questions
When will your next book be published?
I think this is my favorite question to get. It means you want more! (And what more could an author want??) I’ve started working on the next book in The Shore series, but I have absolutely no idea when it’s going to be ready. As soon as I have more details, I’ll let you know!
How long did it take you to write The Shore?
When I actually started putting pen to paper, it took a little less than a year to write The Shore. I like to take road trips, and before I started crafting words, my mind would bounce around plot lines, character names, etc. I knew the story would take place in the Outer Banks and the lead characters’ names would be Ryan and Cody before I knew much more.
It was around the end of April 2014 that I started writing. Then I took a trip to the Outer Banks because it had been too long since I’d be back and I wanted to refresh my mind with the surroundings. (And, well, who wouldn’t want to visit OBX?) The first draft was finished the end of August. It took some time then because my beta readers found some flaws, wanted more information, etc., and about a third of the story was re-written or adjusted. The Shore was finally published March 31, 2015.
Did you always want to write a book?
The short answer is as Madison would say: Oh, HELL NO.
My mom was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2008. When it came back in 2013, I started one of those pages to keep friends and family updated on how she was doing. My updates became very anecdotal and I had a few people tell me, “You should write a book.” One of those people was my dad. I guess that’s where everything really started.
Growing up, I wasn’t a avid reader. It took me until my adult years before I really started finding my nose in books. Of course, they were all romance novels, too. (Thank you, Theresa, for introducing me to S.C. Stephens’ book Thoughtless, because that was catalyst!) As I read various books, there were times I’d think, “I could write something like this,” not really comprehending what it actually took to write a full-length novel.
I guess you could say between those two things, my curiosity was piqued. Once I started writing the words flowed fairly easily. And in a lot of ways, it was extremely cathartic. Many road trips, several spring rolls and a LOT of changes later, The Shore was born.
What advice do you have for first-time authors?
I’ve often thought about a writing a blog post on this question. As I was starting to write The Shore, I did a lot of research on how to write a novel, how to self-publish a book, what to do, what not to do, etc. I appreciated the fact that other authors provided much of the path they took (and included pitfalls to watch out for), and I’d like to do the same. Jamie McGuire’s post for writers was huge for me. (Thanks Jamie!)
Someday I’ll write that post, but in the meantime my biggest piece of advice is this: find the person you can completely be yourself with to help you bounce ideas, read what you wrote, etc. This person will be okay with digging into the brain of a serial killer, sex, talking about the hard topics (abuse, racism), opinions or characteristics you would fight against (not every character is going to be loved). Find that person, that friend, that will support you and not look at you weird when you want to start talking about whatever your topic may be.
What was the scariest part of publishing your book?
Without question, it was that people I knew would now have a window into my thoughts. Into my brain. Was it weird that my parents read sex scenes I had written? You better believe it! But it wasn’t only them – it was friends and colleagues and people I don’t even know. There’s a level of trust that’s given when an author gives their writing to the world. A trust that those who receive it will care for it (and hopefully love it). Knowing everyone can see what you’re thinking? Yeh, that’s scary.
How can I get a signed copy of your books?
You can request signed copies here. Once payment is received, I’ll sign the book and get it shipped to you right away. It’s that easy!
Who is the little boy in the header image?
To be honest, I have absolutely no idea. He was at the beach with his family and I happened to snap this picture. Don’t worry, his mom was standing right behind him. I just thought it was a really cool picture – this little boy contemplating the massive Atlantic Ocean in front of him.
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