Beyond the Book


When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve always loved books and telling stories. I had notebooks full of little stories and illustrations from
when I was as young as four and five. I decided to write my first novel when I was 12, and it ended up
being over 200 typed pages. From that point on, every birthday wish was that one day I would one day
be a published author, so I could share my stories with the world.

What advice do you have for writers?

Don’t give up. Persistence truly pays off, whether you apply that to bettering your craft, the sometimes
turbulent publication process, or in marketing your book. Rejection will come, but if you want success,
you have to be able to rise past the negative and keep going.

Tell me about your first published book. What was the journey like?

My first published book was Seers, which is book 1 of the Seers Trilogy. It was the summer of 2010 when
Kate and Patrick’s story fell into my head. I had mostly written fantasy novels up until that point, so this
story of guardian angels and demons was pretty new for me. I ran with the inspiration, though, and two
weeks later I’d finished the first draft. By the time summer ended, I’d finished writing the trilogy, and I
sent three queries out into the world. I went back to college, and the rejections started to trickle in.
Then, in November, I got an offer to publish the book. Seers came out in 2011, and it definitely changed
my life. It also gave me the confidence to pursue my dream of becoming a full-time author.

Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?

I’m currently working on two projects. The sequel to Esperance is my main focus right now, but I’m also
in the editing stage of the next Fate of Eyrinthia novella. It’s all about Iris, the Poison Queen readers
know and fear, and I’m really excited to share her story later this year.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I struggle with this question so much, because there are so many authors I love and admire! I feel like
my answers reflect this, because I often change my mind, haha. Today, I’m going to say Rebecca Zanetti.
I just love how she writes a romantic story wrapped with humor, heart, and action.

Favorite quote (doesn’t matter the source)

I have a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote framed on my wall: “Dare to live the life you have dreamed for
yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” This quote helped me take some of the
intimidating but necessary steps to become an author. It continues to inspire and motivate me. I’m a
dreamer for sure, and I love how this quote basically says: “You can dream, but you also need to work to
make those dreams come true!”

Favorite book/story you have read as an adult

Ahh, such a hard question! Today I’ll say “A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas. I just think it’s a
masterfully written book, and I love the characters and the story.

Favorite book when you were a kid

Oh gosh, I had too many favorites! Reading was my favorite thing to do, after all. Harry Potter probably
tops the list, but an honorable mention is “Talking To Dragons” by Patricia C. Wrede. I found a copy at a
thrift store when I was a kid, and I read it more times than I can count. It definitely expanded my love of
the fantasy genre. Dragons, secrets, swords, romance, humor, and magic—it completely swept me up
and ignited my imagination.

What’s your favorite spot to visit in your own country? And what makes it so special to you?

Most of my travels have been abroad, but I enjoy exploring the mountains in my own state of Utah. We
have some breathtaking landscapes in general, but I love the mountains.








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