Q. What words of wisdom do you have for emerging writers?
A. My words of wisdom for an emerging writer is to fall in love with the process. Enjoy the small parts of the process because every little thing you do matters. From writing down notes, editing, and telling people about your book, make sure you enjoy every part of the process so when people see your excitement they'll want to be a part of it.
Q. What will be your next book?
A. The Parish Prophecies
Q. Why did you become a writer and when did you know or feel like you were a writer
A. I became a writer in the 4th grade. I remember my teacher gave an assignment with a variety of words listed and we had to create a story using those words. I wrote the story and when the teacher gave me my assignment back she asked if I got that story from somewhere. I told her I didn't and she said it was really good. That's when I felt like a writer.
Q. What is your favorite book/books?
A. The Bible is my favorite book because it's the one book that can help you in every aspect of life. Also, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
Q. What or who influenced your development as a writer?
A. R.L. Stine's Goosebumps and Fear Street books influenced me as a writer. My friends and I collected all of those books when we were in elementary school.
Q. What is a little known fact that will amaze your readers?
A. The little known fact that would amaze is when I was 22, I had a full time job working overnights in a warehouse, while taking college courses during the day, while working a part time job after my classes and having an internship at a record label. I was really trying to figure out what I was good at and I was definitely doing to much, but I was dedicated to figuring out my gift. I'm glad I went through all of that because I figured out that writing was my passion.