At the moment, I snatch a few minutes here and there. I’m a mother to a busy two-year-old, a wife and also a self-employed editor and proofreader. I have very little time for myself, but I do try to squeeze in some writing when my daughter naps, or in the evenings. Before my daughter, I was writing whenever inspiration hit me, sometimes churning out 5000 words in an afternoon.
I love the urban fantasy and paranormal genres. What appeals to me most is the seemingly normal setting of a city or suburb, and having these supernatural creatures roaming around, walking among us. Wouldn’t it be amazing to think that a werewolf or a Sidhe could be serving you coffee or packing your groceries? In my Dark Series, I really played with this idea – I have Valkyries who run a bar and club.
Maybe it was egotistical of me to think I could do better, but I think I set out writing a book in an attempt to rewrite the wrongs of Twilight. I got the idea for Half Blood (the first in the Helheim Series) while out for a walk. Indi (the main character) just popped into my head, and as I walked, she developed and so did the other characters. It took me three years, eight revisions and a number of rejections from agents and publishers to really refine her and the story, and get it to a place I liked.
Whenever I have an idea for a book, I try to think of ways to make it different – often by doing the complete opposite, or by putting a twist on it. In Half Blood, Indi is a half vampire/half human hybrid. Instead of being targeted by werewolves (as many might think would happen), she is actually coveted by werewolves – her blood is the only thing to allow them to survive and thrive.