1) What made you want to start writing? What is your earliest inspiration?
I wanted to write because I love to read.
In middle school my little group of dorky friends wrote stories about crushes we had, and even poems about our friends. Most of them were pretty terrible. Amazingly enough, I still have them all. I wrote even dorkier things that I will never speak of. . .
As far as fanfiction, I’d read so many and I thought to myself, “I can do that.” Having only written poems, short stories, and memoir previously, this is my first time writing a full book, so it’s been a challenge.
Toni Morrison said, “If there's a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” This was in the front of my mind when I had the ideas for STRONG ENOUGH and HARRY ON THE PRAIRIE.
I was surprised the idea behind STRONG ENOUGH hadn’t been done already. And HARRY ON THE PRAIRIE actually started out as a joke. I used to love the tv series “Little House on the Prairie,” and I imagined Harry in that frontier setting, farming, building a cabin, catching fish. All manly and sweaty. And I thought, “That’s HOT.” So I started that one to live out my little Farmer Harry fantasy, and it’s been delicious!
2) What do you feel is lacking in today's fiction? Whether online or mainstream?
Online, everyone self-edits for the most part, so a lot of stories need technical work with spelling, punctuation, etc. The ellipsis is seriously overused, as well as the exclamation point.
While I have read some incredible fanfictions online, it can be difficult to find something original. So much is cliché, and that gets old fast.
3) Your story Strong Enough has quite a following. What do you feel readers are drawn to the most?
Harry Styles, obviously. I would be nowhere without his angelic, yet simultaneously sexy face. Mhmm.
The sense of humor is original, especially considering the subject matter. The mood fluctuates from funny to serious, etc. The comments I get about people busting up laughing are still surprising to me, ‘cause I didn’t plan on this being a funny story. But I’m such a joker, I guess that part of my personality naturally started to show through.
I also think people are drawn to real characters. They are normal people doing normal things. There’s no drawn-out soap opera drama going on here. I think my characters behave like ordinary, flesh and blood people. They could be us, easily.
4) If you could collaborate with any author, online or mainstream, who would it be and what project would you like to do?
No one because I am the control freak of all freaks. #notevenlying
5) What intrigues you in a story to make you want to read more?
SMUT. Well, it doesn’t intrigue me, but I have been known to continue reading stories with shitty plots purely for a well-written smut scene.
Guilty pleasure: Dark Harry. Dark Harry on the verge of redemption. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.