1. How did you come up with the idea for your series?
I consider myself a gigantic nerd: I will watch or read anything to do with superheroes, and I actively involve myself in fanfiction. My friend and I were sitting on the school bus one afternoon discussing what the best superpower would be. I don’t remember how we came up with it, but all of a sudden we had this idea for a story: a badass heroine with the ability to control fire. Being a writer, I started brainstorming the second I got home and since then, I haven’t been able to get Hunter out of my mind.
2. What is your favorite part of the writing process and what is your least favorite?
My favorite would easily be those moments when I get so involved in a scene that I can’t stop my fingers from flying over the keyboard. It’s so easy to get lost in a moment, especially when there’s a good song playing or I’ve been inspired in some way. I also love it when I’ve put a story away for a while and I open it and forget some of the great scenes I’ve written or really hilarious parts. It’s also a good feeling to finish a book, even if it’s just a draft. When I read that last sentence and I sit back and know I’ve done something pretty worthwhile, it’s pretty special.
5. There is a very creepy and complex villain in this series, what are some of the traits that you love to hate in a villain?
Joshua has always been a challenge and a joy to write about. What I really love about Joshua’s character is his alter-ego: the Iceman. I love the way that Joshua uses the Iceman as an excuse for all the psychotic things he does, when really he does have control over the power, he just doesn’t have enough faith in himself. But whenever the Iceman comes out, it’s always so much fun to have a conversation between the two. In the sequel, there is more of the Iceman – since the secret is now out about Joshua’s power – and you get to see more interaction between them.
6. Why did you decide to become an author?
Because it doesn’t feel like a job to me. I do it because I can’t live without writing, so why not make a living from it? At the moment, I’m really just doing it for the experience and to get my name and my story out there, but eventually I’d like to be able to support myself with it. I just know that even if I can’t make money, I will always be writing.
7. What is the one book, movie, or image that never fails to make you laugh?
If I’m ever in the mood for a good laugh, I’ll watch A Very Potter Musical. For the people who don’t know – and are deprived of humor – AVPM is a fan-made musical about Harry Potter. If you are a life-long fan of Harry Potter like I am, you should most definitely watch it.
8. What is the one book, movie, or image that never fails to make you cry?
Forest Gump. I will always cry in Forest Gump. He’s just so beautiful… I just can’t…
9. What is one of the best pieces of advise that you have ever gotten about your writings?
I’ve had a lot of great advice, especially through self-publishing, because I’ve had the opportunity to talk to other authors. I think some of the best advice I’ve ever been given is to be patient. Self-publishing is a slow and rigorous process that takes A LOT of time, whereas things start to happen very quickly when authors get signed to an agency and then a publisher. It’s often frustrating when I have to work really hard just to get, like, 3 reviews on my Goodreads page, but it’s still worthwhile. So my advice would be to remember that sometimes things don’t just happen overnight. And while I wait for responses for reviews and things like that, I use that time to write and write and write.
10. Without giving spoilers, what can you tell us about your series that the synopsis doesn’t cover?
I will say that there are huge changes in Hunter’s character over the course of the series. I really believe its important for characters to go through trials and struggles before they become a person that readers can connect with. No one is perfect from the start, after all. Hunter has some really tough times ahead in the series – even tougher than the battle with Joshua – and I’m excited to explore the real hero that she becomes in the final book.
11. I have seen some fun little question and answer games as a part of other interviews so I thought it might be nice to try one. I’ll start the sentence, and then you finish it with the first thing that comes to mind.
(A) My favorite place to read is…
(B) One of the best gifts I have ever gotten was…
A guinea pig. I called him Cheese Please.
(C) I would like to spend more time…
Working jobs I don’t like but have to do in order to actually survive.(E) The world would be a petter place if…