1. The Lotus Effect is very imaginative and detailed. How long did it take you to come up with all the different concepts?
Many thanks! I came up with the main idea while I still lay lazily in bed, blearily eyed from a night long of strange dreaming. (I have very vivid and odd dreams to say the least). Anyways, I snatched up my laptop and started from there. With The Lotus Effect being my first real attempt at creating a novel, it took some time to plot out the story and characters into something worth reading, but I kept at it; one word and one line at a time. I also worked at Barnes and Noble during it all, so it took me about a year and a half to see it to completion.
2. I was checking out your blog and noticed something very interesting. You’re a pretty awesome fangirl! Please share with us some of the things you love to nerd out over?
I must admit, I do love all things fantastical and I LOVE creating things by hand. While growing up, I read and lived my share of fantasy. I immersed myself in R.A. Salvatore novels, I played video games until my thumbs had button indentions, (PC games included), I painted weird contraptions, glued together one too many Popsicle houses, soaked up as much ancient history and mythologies of other cultures that I could. I’m naturally curious about many things. Recently I’ve tried my hand at armor making, for conventions and such. (It’s difficult but fun!) As a child and even as an adult, I love learning. I love making things. I also love to be outdoors. (I’m an outdoorsy geek you could say.) I’ve always had an urge to get outside and create my own fantasies, be my own character in a story.
3. Which book would you say you’ve reread the most?
To be honest, I don’t believe I’ve ever reread anything recently. Children’s books I have. The story of Ferdinand (the bull)was my favorite! It had such an inspiring message that really stuck with me. I’ve listened to audiobooks of books I’ve read previously, say, Harry Potter for example, but no books. (Jim Dale was awesome!) There are just too many wonderful stories out there to experience for the first time. Although there are some series that I read a few years ago that I wouldn’t mind picking back up again. The Dark Elf Trilogy for example . . . or The Wayfarer Redemption series by Sara Douglass.
4. How did you come up with the idea for The Lotus Effect?
The idea first sprouted to life while in my Ancient Civilizations class in college. My teacher was from India and she spoke very highly of the symbolism of the lotus flower. Seeing its usage throughout different cultures in both art and architecture truly inspired me. The gears started turning then and have been spinning ever since.
5. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
Oh. Hmm. If I recall correctly, I believe the last time I laughed so hard I cried was when I played Cards Against Humanity with my family. It’s a truly horrible game, but some of the things that came out of my parent’s mouths were quite . . . memorable.
6. Where is the one place you have always wanted to visit and why do you want to go there?
I’ve wanted to visit so many places: Greece, Egypt, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand and Australia… I’m an ancient history lover and I think Greece would be a great place to start. It would be a wonderful feeling to visit the actual temples and places I’ve learned so much about.
7. Do you have any hidden or not so hidden talents besides writing?
I suppose I could say I’ve got a knack for Archery. I sleep with my bow under my bed and keep a quiver of arrows at my bedside should I ever need to fight off creepy night dwellers. And if that doesn’t work, I have a scuba knife and a baseball bat under there too. So what I’m really trying to say is that I have a special talent for being paranoid. (I like to think prepared is a better word for it.)
A more worthy talent would be that I’ve graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Computer Animation. I make stick figures pretty!
8. What is the best thing about being a published author?
Knowing that someone, a stranger, or even someone who lives halfway across the world is reading my work. I may not be able to travel everywhere I’d like to go, but it’s a joy to me to know that the characters in my books do.
9. What was the last really great movie that you watched?
There’s been a few and I used to be all for movies, but recently I’ve noticed I’m more excited for TV shows. REIGN for example . . . I’m quite addicted to. If it’s a sci-fi/fantasy show, I’ve probably seen it.
10. Without giving spoilers, what can you tell us about The Lotus Effect that the synopsis doesn’t cover?
The Lotus Effect is about a girl who must work past her flaws, look past the misgivings of others, trust her allies, have strength to continue forward on a path that leads to certain death, and grow into someone, despite these hardships, who is deserving of her status and title. She must face all these obstacles to understand what it takes to become a true hero.
It’s also about a young man, a Blacksmith Engineer, who must look past his need for vengeance, so together; he and Lily can fight and take back their city from the hands of the corrupt.
11. I like to do a short word game at the end of my reviews. I’ll start the sentence and you finish is with whatever pops in your head:
(A) The first Anime I remember falling in love with was… Sword Art Online. My brother recommended it to me on my birthday while we had hibachi/sushi dinner. Best present ever.
(B) If I could have any super power it would be…controlling water. Believe me; I’ve thought long and hard on this my entire life. I already suspect I may be a mermaid because of my insatiable love of sushi and the ocean so why not control water too? *Shrug* (Oh and if you want to get really technical . . . the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50-75%. Can you imagine the destructive power one would have if they were able to control that? Wow that got dark really quickly!
(C) If I had to describe myself in three words they would be…Whimsy, Driven, Goofball.
(D) I always laugh when… my father laughs so hard he starts choking. (Not really choking.)
(E) The world would be a better place if…people listen more than they speak.