Ink Rookie (Debut in March 2014)
Started when I was 13. Still working on mastering the art. (Probably always will be.)
Paranormal Romance, Horror Romance, Gothic Romance, Dark Fantasy Romance, Urban Fantasy (strong romantic elements), New Adult Romance, and that’s about it for now.
Sensual to Erotic Romance, Light to Heavy BDSM — depends on the characters and their individual preferences
MF and MM (so far — I plan on writing a few FF someday)
First Place in YA Romance NEORWA’s 2011 Cleveland Rocks Contest
I study everything I read. Here is a condensed version of the largest influences : Sensei (Joey W. Hill), the Pixie (Jennifer Blackstream), Fusanosuke Inariya, JD Salinger, Anne Rice (not her vampires — her witches), Marquis de Sade, Marie Hall, Terry Pratchett, Linda Winstead Jones, Lewis Black, Sylvia Plath, and Kim Dare. (These are all fabulous authors. If you have not read them, I advise you to run, not walk, to the nearest e-reader/bookstore.)
I began with classic literature and Anime fan-fiction. I did that for a long time. Eventually, I moved onto original stories but I still retain my love of blending several different worlds and themes to create one unified universe.
What was the first book you ever retold?
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton in sixth grade. It circulated my entire school. I even had some teachers ask to read it. Of course, I said ‘no.’ I really didn’t need my Lit teacher to know that I spent most of her class fantasizing about Ponyboy and Dallas engaged in a poly relationship/menage with Johnny.
What was the first book you wrote?
My first original story was some sprawling piece of crap about a dragon dynasty. I actually met my critique partner that way. She was the first person to read it and say, ‘Wow, it’s not crap. I mean, it’s crap. But it’s not crappy crap.’ That book is tucked away on a disk somewhere. I’ll get the courage to revisit it one day.
What was your first published book?
I was published by a small Canadian press at the age of 19. My short story should probably be classified as military fiction.
What is New Gotham?
New Gotham is my fictional city and the root of my debut series, a world where storybook characters come to life (or back from the dead.) New Gotham predominately caters to fairy tale villains. They live among us in a single haven city, located on the eastern seaboard of the United States of America.
What are the characters like?
Expect unique characters who have their good days and their bad days….just like the rest of us mere mortals.
What are the heroes like?
Villains. I write the bad boys who grew up into ruthless men.
What are the heroines like?
I tend to enjoy reading and writing about strong, independent women. That doesn’t mean that ingenues aren’t welcome in Sophie’s crypt. I’ve simply noticed that there’s always (at least) one woman holding a whip in the room and I’m usually more interested in telling her story. She’ll have insecurities and bad hair days just like everyone else.
What about New Gotham’s fairy godmothers?
Fairy godmothers are called storymavens in my world. New Gotham’s storymavens are collectively known as “The Witches-Who-Knit.” They’re very old and they’re very powerful. They like to think themselves exempt from the bad hair days that seem to plague everyone else in New Gotham.
What are the monsters like?
I strive to write monsters as they were originally depicted in mythology. I give them my own twist, but they usually retain a good deal of their original traits. (This makes them “Horror grade” monsters in a paranormal romance world. Beware.) As far as what kinds of monsters, that depends on what research I’m doing at the time. I like to keep things varied, so I rarely explore the same creature twice. A monster has to be the equivalent of a mythical Moby Dick for me to even consider a repeat. That doesn’t mean I haven’t written more than one werewolf, but no werewolf species in New Gotham is exactly the same.
What’s the ending like?
Most of the time, I end on a happy note.
What’s your overall goal as an author?
Tell a good story.
What about reader feedback? Does it help at all?
Immensely. I’m not sure a reader will ever know how thankful I am when they leave me a review.