What new books have you released since the last time you visited DJ's Book Corner?
I have a new book coming out in July called Requiem--it's the sequel to my first book Lionhead. Here's a little bit more about it:
After a dangerous enemy descended on Lionhead weeks before, Riley Bale is left with an unshakeable feeling of impending doom. With Christian still on the loose and no clues pointing to his whereabouts, Riley and her friends must stay vigilant. In addition to fearing another attack, Riley also has to figure out which one of her best friends will join Christian’s cause—and both Ash and Oliver are beginning to reveal their dark sides.
A carefree trip to another shifter city, Requiem, might be just what they need to take their minds off of what’s coming for them, but it doesn’t go exactly as planned. Riley finds herself caught up in something bigger than she could have possibly imagined and this time she’ll have to face her enemies alone.
When you're not writing, what do you do for fun?
I'm sort of new to Los Angeles, so I spend a lot of my free time exploring the city. I love hiking, reading, and spending time with my dog!
When writer's block hits, what's the first thing you do?
I'm one of those writers that really needs to outline everything. If I don't have an outline or a plan for what I'm writing that day, I get stuck. So, the first thing I do when I get writer's block is brainstorm new ideas and work on an outline.
How do you handle negative reviews?
I'm not going to lie, negative reviews really get me down. I think I just have to remind myself that not everyone is going to like what I'm putting out there and that's perfectly fine. As a reader, it's important to remember that there are books you like and books you don't like. People are allowed to dislike your writing, but that doesn't mean you're a bad writer.
What's the best compliment you've ever received from a reader?
Someone once told me that they really love my characters and that's probably the best compliment I could ask for. I love developing characters and I'm glad that some readers have been able to connect with them on an emotional level. My stories are mostly character driven, so it's very important that readers understand their journey and what they're going through.
Publication Date: November 30, 2012
Genre: YA Fantasy
During a violent after school attack, Riley learns she’s being protected by forces beyond her control. She is tested and then invited to attend Lionhead Shifter School, which she accepts on blind faith alone, along with the desire to understand where her parents came from before they disappeared. Once Riley arrives in Lionhead, she not only discovers her true identity as a shifter, but appears to fit right in with the other new kids.
Riley quickly realizes that everything is not quite what it seems. Amidst an unusual hatred that arises between the two teenage boys she’s become closest with, Oliver Preston and Ash Plum, she must learn why the small island community has previously disallowed outsiders for over a hundred years.