I was born in North Alabama where I grew up. Looking back at my childhood, it's no surprise that I took up writing. My memories are playing dolls with endless story lines and imaginative characters or playing the SIMS and plotting their every move. When I was 12, I learned that I had a knack for words when my essay won a contest at school. But it wasn't until I was 15 that I truly learned that I could write fiction. In the middle of the vampire craze, I started writing Love for Blood. It was my first attempt at writing a novel and while the plot was full, strong and consistent, the writing itself needed a lot of work. Who needs to know grammar anyway? As I studied more about writing, I learned more about what I wanted to write as well.
Eventually my vampire romance faze ended and a new inspiration had come to me. Essence of Amara, a story of alien sisters who were separated. One lived as a human and the other grew up on Amara learning to kick some serious butt. I tried to co write it with my best friend Katie, but in the end we both became too busy and it became to difficult for us to collaborate together.
Then during college, I finished a project I had started my senior year of high school--Gemini of Emreiana. After I got married, my husband, who is a musician, started getting real work doing what he loves. So I took his lead and I decided I wanted to make my dream a reality and become an author. So I published Gemini of Emreiana. Now, I had always knew I wanted to go the self publishing route, but I should have done a little more research and planned ahead. Sure I did all the things you were supposed to do hired a cover artist, had the book edited--ish, and I let all my friends and family know so they would buy it. But if I wanted to reach a greater audience there was so much more I needed to learn. Such as, having the book edited and having it edited well and when it comes to a book cover and the interior there is an art in branding that will make you stand out. Not to mention how to properly advertise a release. So yes, I had a lot to learn that I didn't quite do with my first book; however, by the time the second book was due to be out, I had learned a lot from my own publishing experiences and from my college courses. So when Gemini the Heir released, I felt not only professional about it, but I earned more money too.
Now I'm working on my next goal to become a full time author. I hope to achieve this by next year, and we will see. Time has not been on my side lately and my days are consumed with long hours at work inhibiting me from doing the amount of writing I need to do. Still, I will strive to find a way to make this happen. What is so great about an amazing story if I can't share it with the rest of you and it stays locked inside my mind?