I started writing bizarre and quite terrible novels for my friends when I was in the 6th grade and I just kept on writing ever since, but when my mom was diagnosed with cancer for a second time, I decided if it was something I wanted to do, I needed to do it now, for tomorrow wasn't promised. So I did! I started the Bloodmarks Saga and I was lucky enough to meet an amazing editor Amy Quale of Wise Ink Publishing and we hit it off! She not only made my novels better with her editing skills, but was also a cheerleader on the way.
What inspired the storyline for the Blookmark Series? The unique werewolf characters we meet? The diverse settings offered?
I did a lot of research on mythology and werewolves and the Celtic world, and then I twisted it into the world we live today. I wanted the reader to feel the connection to the truth of them, while allowing the legends to morph into new worlds to be discovered. Imagination changed a lot of things, because history is fuzzy as to why a lot of historical places or carvings existed, so its fun to add new perspectives.
How do your organize your time when working on a new book - writing, research, pre-marketing, etc.?
|Review coming Nov. 30th|
While this is labeled YA, there is a lot of darkness, violence and physical passion included. What age group do you recommend?
I typically recommend 13+ depending on their interests and reading level. The saga does fit into the YA standards and though it is dark and violent and passionate, it isn't outside the norm for the category. When parents ask me that question, I ask what their child has currently been reading, that gives me an idea of their taste, to know if the darkness would be off-putting to that young reader or not. I certainly would never want a reader or their parents to be surprised. I have been at book signings with these young readers and they never cease to inspire me, they find the parts of the novel that helped them cope with life, friendship, loss, love . . . all of it. Books are places to learn, be inspired or find a friend when you need one. I love hearing from them what their favorite part was. One reader told me "I love Ashling's sass!".
Any advice for young authors wanting to write books in this genre?
|Review coming Dec. 6th|
What would you most like readers to know about you?
Will there be any new books in this series?