FAQ

Are you working on a new project now that The Malediction Trilogy is complete?

Yes! But it’s not at the stage where I can discuss it in detail quite yet. But hopefully soon!

Can I interview you or have you write a guest post for my blog?

Send me an email! I love doing interviews, but please check out my FAQ before sending me your questions. Original questions get original answers 🙂

Do you do school/library visits?

I’m happy to present at schools/libraries that are local (Calgary area), but I’m unable to travel to due to time and financial constraints. I am available for Skype chats at no cost.

I’m a book blogger/reviewer/fan, will you send me a copy of your book?

No. Requests for review copies should be directed to Angry Robot Books. 

What inspired you to write Stolen Songbird?

Stolen Songbird was somewhat inspired by a dream I had about a city covered by rubble, but mostly it came swimming out of my imagination. I wrote a guest post about it here!  The mountain in the novel IS inspired by a real place, and I wrote a guest post about it here.

Why did you decide to write about Trolls?

I get asked this question a lot! I didn’t begin writing Stolen Songbird with the intention of writing about trolls. They sort of created themselves as the story grew in my mind, and the backstory of who they are and where they came from developed as I wrote. I know many readers picked up on the many, many clues I left as to what the trolls really are, but don’t get too comfortable thinking that you have them all figured out

Is Stolen Songbird part of a series? Do I have to read your books in order?

Yes it is! Stolen Songbird is the first in The Malediction Trilogy. The sequel is Hidden Huntress, and the third novel is Warrior Witch. I highly recommend you read them in order.

Did you plot Stolen Songbird before you started, or did you make it up as you went?

I pretty much made up Stolen Songbird as I went. I knew how I wanted it to end, and lots of the things that happened along the way, but it was an organic process. I had to write outlines for the second and third books, though, which was quite the challenge for me.

What is your favourite novel?

Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. The characters in that book are so real… If I can instill half that much life into my books, I will feel as though I’ve done my duty.

How much research do you do for your books?

Not too much before I start writing, because I find my plots get bogged down as I attempt to cram in everything I’ve learned. I tend to do my research as I go, looking for information as I need it.

Describe your writing process.

I don’t have a consistent process at this point, because each one of my novels has been written under different life circumstances. Stolen Songbird took quite a long time to write, because I was going to school full time and waitressing at night. Hidden Huntress took about a year to draft and edit, and I have a couple manuscripts that will never see the light of day that only took me only a few months to write. I don’t like to plot novels – I prefer to see where the story takes me, which often requires a lot of editing and rewriting. I am very critical of my own work, so I spend a lot of time self-editing before I let anyone else read my writing.

Who is your agent? How did you sign with her?

My agent is the fabulous Tamar Rydzinksi of the Laura Dail Literary Agency. She “won” my full manuscript in Miss Snark’s First Victim’s Baker’s Dozen contest. You can read about that here.

Where do you live?

I live in Calgary, Alberta.

Will you read my manuscript?

I wish I could, but I barely have enough time to write my own books! There are lots of online sources where you can meet critique partners like Absolute Write, Book Country, and Critters – try them out.

Will you donate a copy of your book to our library?

Unfortunately, I have to say no. The primary reason is that the cost of postage is so high. But I am happy to send bookmarks.