#ASI: Laura Ag #Wattpad #author

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
So I’m a second year Biochemistry student at Warwick University in England. I have always loved science. In fact, I am not at all artistic or creative apart from with literature. I think that’s probably because I immigrated from my family to the UK from India in 2000 when I was 5 and I picked up English quite quickly. Other than that, background wise I’m pretty average. My immediate family consists of my mum, my dad and my younger brother and I have a typical humongous extended Indian family. So I suppose it’s also the slight lack of privacy growing up that meant ‘me’ time was in a book.

Discuss your newest book.
So right now, I’m working on my book ‘Cafe Rouge’ and as many of my reader’s know this started out as a ‘One-Shot’ (ie. a single chapter story) but then due to popular demand I decided to extend it into a book.At first I was only thinking of making this into a small short story to wrap things up nicely with a big, pretty pink bow but then as I started writing I started to want to intricate more things into it. I wanted to explore the characters and this concept of family loyalty more. Now, it’s over 200 pages on my Word document and still not over, so I guess that ‘short story’ concept is blown straight to pieces.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
I think any good author will tell you that their favourite place in the world is probably a library. I absolutely LOVED libraries as a child and my parents would take me each week to take out books. That’s really where it came from. Reading books and growing to want to emulate these authors who’s stories you loved so much. From that it was a leap of faith to writing. Of course, my English lessons at school caused me to write a lot and before they got too serious and focused on exams it was a lot about creative writing. I truly enjoyed those lessons and when those lessons did stop, I carried on by myself. Then it became about wanting to share my passion and that’s where writing for an audience came in. So my interest in writing was never sudden but rather a slow burn, who’s origin I cannot exactly pinpoint, that turned into a fire of passion.

What are your current projects? 
So currently I’ve got ‘Cafe Rouge’ to finish and after that I’m still considering what I want to do. I have some ideas but it’s really a toss up. It’s either going to be a romantic, magical type story with elements of supernatural in or I may start another series of books. Or it may not even be any of those.
Other projects are of course, the endless job of editing and while that’s on hold at the moment, when I get more time, that’s also a priority.

What books have most influenced your life most? 
Ohhhh, that’s a tricky question. I think every book you truly read, good or bad influences you and your writing; whether it’s ‘I’m never going to write like that’ or ‘I love how this author has done this’. Books that have truly influenced me and inspired me are psychological thrillers and romance. As strange as both those sound in the same category it’s true. I feel the thing they both have in common in the exploration of the mind. Sometimes in both cases the character’s mind may not be working rationally and I love having to think like them, to figure out what makes them make their decisions and how they react to situations emotionally. Now at least I read a pay less attention to the author and more on the book, unless there’s an author I truly loved.
When I was a teenager that person was Meg Cabot. Her ‘Mediator’ series was my all time favourite and I still to this day have the entire collection. The thing that struck me was the main female character was so strong. Strong but in a subtle way and I loved it. I loved everything about that character.
I also enjoyed a lot of her other books and I think that’s where I grew to love romance stories.

What inspired you to write your first book?
To be brutally honest, it was seeing other people doing a terrible job at it. My first series of books are BDSM featuring books and seeing abuse written as BDSM was not right. Not only because it’s wrong and no impressionable young person should be taught that being forcibly taken and smacked (no matter how hot the person is) is not BDSM unless it’s consensual or agreed upon beforehand. So immediately I wanted to write the community in a true (or truer) sense. But I wanted the stories to have actual storylines with character and relationship development as any other story would. So providing a more representative view of a BDSM relationship between character’s that could be seen as realistic was my target for writing my first book.
Which surprisingly people enjoyed and where I spanned it into 3 more stories.
Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?
So my main character in ‘Cafe Rouge’ is arguably Carlos Castellano. Carlos is a conflicted man who’s father runs the local mafia and who he is expected to predecease from. But Carlos isn’t the same cold, blood killer as his father and when Lola (the female protagonist) finds this out she challenges him on it. Thereby making him question his family loyalty and how far he’s willing to sacrifice himself in the process of making his family happy. So really the thing that he does which makes him special is a juggling act where; he wants to protect Lola, wants to protect the shreds of his humanity that are left but at the same time also wants to honour his family and stay loyal to them.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? 
The message is (I think) really a question for the reader. How much would you sacrifice of yourself for your family? How loyal would you stay to them, even if what they’re asking is compromising your integrity and your conscience?
Although it may seem like it, I’m exactly trying to say that love will make you turn on your family but more that you need to respect and love yourself enough to be able to stand up for yourself, even if it is against those who love you (or claim to).

Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book? 

Ah-ha. This caused a bit of controversy for ‘Cafe Rouge’. Unlike for my other books, I never had even a vague casting idea for the characters. I simply went by descriptions and in all honestly, I have yet to find actors/actresses that match (what I feel) are my character’s descriptions. When I asked several of my reader’s they all had very different answers and in fact, many said they just go by imagination too.

When did you decide to become a writer? 
I honestly don’t feel like I’ve ‘DECIDED’ (in definite) to be a writer at all. Although I write stories (and I suppose that therefore makes me a writer) I don’t think of myself as a ‘real’ writer. I still consider this my hobby and at the moment I’m happy with that. So to be honest, I haven’t decided to be a writer at all.

Why do you write? 
I think there’s many reasons. Firstly, for excitement. I live (what I consider to be) an average, boring life. I mean, sure I go out on the very rare occasion and let loose with my girlfriends but it’s not the same. And while I am grateful for the hand that life has dealt me so far, writing and reading are my sources of adventure and excitement. It’s my way of living another life, one that you may never be able to experience and this is pretty exciting.
Another reason for me is a sick sense of playing God. It’s pretty darn cool to be able to control ‘lives’ and control what you’re characters do. It’s like a far less cool, geeky, weird version of Sims. Seriously?!? I’m thinking we might have been separated at birth. 🙂

What made you decide to sit down and actually start something? 
Again, it was partly stemmed from the whole writing a good BDSM book but also because I latched onto an idea which I started testing out and I got really excited about it. And there’s nothing to loose, people like the story or they don’t. So I just started writing. And because I liked what I was writing and was interested in it, I was able to get more and more written generating more and more interest in the story.

Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time, definitely. No, actually, I think a few times my reader’s will probably say less than part-time.

What is the hardest thing about writing?
The most frustrating part is demotivation. Sometimes it just hits you and you just can’t force yourself to write even one sentence, even though you may have ideas about where the story’s going. So I try and think of something else I’m working on in the meantime and come back later to it.

What was the hardest thing about writing your latest book? 
I’m not an action writer yet despite that I want action in my story so it definitely very difficult for me as more of a romance writer to incorporate those bits of action in, even though it’s not my strong suit.

What is the easiest thing about writing? 
There’s nothing easy about it. But it can bring a lot of satisfaction. Especially when you can get two characters to fall in love and grow that relationship. Then to share it with readers and watch them getting attached to your story brings about a real sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

What book are you reading now? 
Right now, I’m reading a romance novel called ‘Me Before You’ since that is being produced into a film starring Emilia Clarke, Sam Claflin, Charles Dance, Jenna Coleman etc. And my friend leant me the book. It’s a light read as I consider most romance novels are so I tend to read a psychological/crime thriller along with it, to keep my interest on both stories and the psychological/crime thriller I’m reading right now is: Alone in the Dark.

What is one random thing about you? 
Argh, I’m so bad at these. I’ve never had acne. Even when I was going through puberty, I only ever had one or two little spots on my face. I would consider myself pretty lucky for that if I didn’t have eczema.

What is your preferred medium of writing? Pen and paper or strictly tablet and computer?
Computer. I’m a touch typer so as much as I like good ole’ fashioned pen and paper, I use it enough for my revision and if I wrote my entire story on pen and paper it would be considerably shorter. Typing I find I can just keep going and pad out my stories a lot more. I also use an online thesaurus and auto-correct is a life-saver so I’m afraid I’ve joined the 21st Century when I say I definitely prefer writing using a keyboard on a computer. Nothing wrong with going New School.

What does your writing process look like?
I would argue there is a process even if it looks like there isn’t. I tend to start with a basic story starting idea. So X and Y characters do this and they meet like this. Then I like to explore the background of X and Y, think about what makes them unique and compatible. Next I go through basic situations (or ‘scenes’ as I like to think of them as) between X and Y which will solidify their relationship and take them through to the end of the book. Usually these will only be 3 or 4 scenes at the start and I’ll have a definite vague idea of an ending I’ll want. Then I start writing and because I write in short stretches, when I’m in the shower or lying in bed, I ponder over the story and the next scene I want happening between the characters and slowly the story starts to build.
So there’s some structure to it but because many other things in my life are so structured, with writing I like to let it flow more organically. As I write the characters I get a better sense for them and what they would do, how they would react to certain situations and therefore, things tend to naturally build in my writing, taking me to places and scenes I may never have thought of at the start.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? 
Not particularly. When writing I often can’t just focus on typing since I tend to find I get more antsy so I write less. That means that as I’m writing, I tend to also listen to TV shows, occasionally glancing up at it as I’m writing, or listen to music. Most of my writing happens in bed where I’m more comfortable and relaxed too, so no shower writing I’m afraid. LOL

How important are names to you in your books? 
They’re important but I don’t think they’re a great focus of mine. Different people tend to have different connotations to names anyway. I chose ones that I feel sound right for my characters (taking into account their ethnicity and heritage), but I’m not particularly one to look into deeper meanings of names unless it relates to the story.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 
The most challenging parts are background research. It’s a pain but it’s important and it’s really what gives the story more realism. When an author sounds like they know what they’re talking about even if they don’t, to most reader’s that’s good enough and they will accept that. Especially because I like to set stories in the US and I grew up in the UK, there are gaps in my knowledge of the US government factions, politics etc. so for me research (although challenging) gives me the information necessary to make a realistic character. Research can be a pain, but it pays off in the end.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? 
I’m very into my motivational quotes. I have a rotating background on my laptop of motivational/inspirational phrases on pretty backgrounds to try and keep me focused. If pushed my favourite one has to be: This too shall pass.

What is your favorite book and why? 
That’s a horribly unfair question but I will try my best to answer it. I love a lot of books. A lot. And although I have bookshelves stacked with them, I don’t really tend to read a book (even ones I love) more than once. Well…maybe only the hot scenes in a few. But one book I absolutely adored and read completely more than once is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. It’s such a conflicting, though provoking book on your own morals, where there’s no character that’s completely ‘good’ or ‘pure’. For me, the psychology of it was incredibly deep and I loved unravelling it. I love unravelling it each time I read it. So in that regard, it is definitely my favourite book.  One of my favorites as well.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write what you want. This is a world you’re free to explore and worrying about things like the number of ‘votes’ and ‘comments’ in my opinion only lower your freedom as a writer and the quality of your writing. New genres will always pop up and if your writing doesn’t fit neatly into one or the other, don’t worry about it. Alternatively, if yours does fit solely into one then that’s fine to. It’s about finding what you love to write, writing it and then being able to proudly share it, even if there are some people that don’t like it. Good advice!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? 
Reading is the obvious one. But I also like to play netball with my university’s society team. When it’s summer I love going on long walks with my mum and since we live in the countryside, it’s absolutely beautiful. Shopping of course is another favourite love of mine and when I can get into the mood, I love cooking too.

From where do you gain your inspiration?
Sometimes, I’ll pull little bits in from other books I’ve read or want themes similar to them. But generally if it’s character behaviour, much of it is from the people around me. But I like to mix and match and try out different combo’s in my mind before committing it to a character. Mostly, inspiration for me is through going through scenarios of the books and character’s in my mind until I click with one and run with it. It takes a while and it’s not instantaneous but for me, that’s just how it works.

What would you say are the main advantages and disadvantages of self-publishing against being published or the other way around?
Well, if I ever get published I’ll let you know 😛

How do you market your books?
I’m a crappy marketer. I don’t market at all. I like writing and that’s what I do. I don’t do PR and Marketing but since I’m only on Wattpad as a small time writer and doing it as a hobby, it’s fine. I do the minimal amount of placing awareness on my books and frankly, I’m shocked myself as to why people have actually followed me giving my lack of marketing, though I am grateful. The writing speaks for itself.

What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews?
A person’s opinion is their own. I don’t tend to allow good or bad reviews to go to my head. And unless those bad reviews have constructive criticism on which I objectively look at and agree with, I would dismiss it.

Which social network worked best for you?
Again, crappy marketer-don’t use social media for my books.
Which famous person, living or dead would you like to meet and why?
Oh that’s a loaded question. I’m one of those weird, liberal people who doesn’t really have a role model. I mean, don’t get me wrong I am in awe of many people’s accomplishments and certain inspirational characteristics they have, but no one person is perfect and I don’t believe in idealising them to be. So my choice of wanting to meet Marilyn Monroe isn’t because she’s my role model or anything but it’s a well known fact that the girl knew how to have fun (maybe a little too much), and to have fun with Marilyn Monroe in arguably one of the sexiest Hollywood era’s.

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
I warn you now, this is a cop-out answer. But apart from my ‘favourite’ book Lolita, I don’t know which book I’d want to be the original author of. I’ve have a few ‘great’ books that I truly love like Before I Go To Sleep, Thirteen Reasons Why, 1984, Ender’s Game, Room (to name a few). Though I enjoyed them immensely, they’re not ‘me’. In that it’s not my writing style or tone so I can’t imagine having written anything like those incredible books and frankly, I’m damn glad I didn’t even try because their respective authors did awesome jobs on them. I don’t think that’s a cop-out. It’s one of the best answers I’ve had.

What advice would you give to aspiring writers? 
Learn yourself. Don’t be afraid to explore once in a while but really try and get to grips with what you enjoy writing and finding your ‘voice’. Keeping at it and persevering is also important as in any task you do. It may not be as easy as you first thought it would be and you may not be brilliant in the first book you write but as long as you keep at it, the only way is up.

How can readers discover more about you and you work? 
Check out my Wattpad profile with all my works for free on there

#ASI Openings

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Update, Reminder

First off, my newest novella (The Perfect Murder) is being released on Halloween! It is a satirical/Dark Comedy How To guide to committing the perfect murder told by an inmate of a women’s prison, as recorded by her psychiatrist. Originally it was titled, “The Monologues of a Murder,” but I like #TPM better. If you would like to be reminded so you can pick it up I have an event posted on my Author page

The Perfect Murder

Secondly, make sure to like my page because with the new release I’m randomly selecting five people for a free copy. AND it is the best place for the latest updates on my writing! I know it may seem like I am a flake as I don’t write much on here, but lately I have been posting more on my Author Courtney M. Wendleton page than ever! I even released some information about another new book that might be released in time for Christmas! I also love hearing from everyone, so drop in say hi and have a little chat.

Third, I am still trying to raise money to produce my first audio book. I have raised $100, but am still far from my goal. Every little bit helps, and I can throw in a free copy of one of my books as a donation prize over $10. you can find it at https://www.gofundme.com/fs48u8as Thank you soo much!

Naturally Luna 1

Also I am still open for Author Spotlight Interviews. As well as entries for Sanctuary Edits!


May #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 21 of 65 and 30 of 65 books read. I really need to start reading books from my TBR pile again! But I have the next Night School preordered and an ARC of RSVP From Heaven to read as well. I am a failure at diving into my long list of TBR.

May books:

Night School: Resistance

Pines non-CLTBR

Wayward non-CLTBR

The Last Town non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 6 non-CLTBR

Spearwood Academy Vol 7 non-CLTBR

My Camp NanoWrimo book, #LoveandDrugs has been sent off to a Beta Reader (no word back yet). If there is anyone interested in Beta Reading it, I would happily send you a copy for honest feedback!


I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is still open for new clients. Sadly I think my guest post author has backed out, but if anyone else would like to step up send me a message and we can talk. Any topic you would like, I don’t mind. Also still taking author interviews!

As you saw there have been some posts from my creative writing class and I’ll continue to post them. I have also posted my poems and there may be more in the future…I’m not sure as I don’t write them that often.

April #WrapUp

CLTBRChallenge15 and GoodReads Book Challenge Progress- 20 of 65 and 24 of 65 books read.

April Books:

Spearwood Academy Vol 3

Spearwood Academy Vol 4

Spearwood Academy Vol 5

Murderous Little Darlings: Non-TBR

Night School: Genesis

Night School: Legacy

Night School: Fracture

In other news, my Camp NaNoWriMo was somewhat of a failure and kind of not. I wrote 23,892 words out of a goal of 30,000. So I failed to make my goal but came very close to finishing. Can’t wait to see what I can do in July!

I continued #Musical Monday Reviews and will continue them into May. Sanctuary Edits is working with a second author already and still open for new clients. I also announced Guest Posts this month, but have not heard back from the one who contacted me yet. I am opening that spot up to anyone who would be interested, any topic you would like. Classes are going ok but I have just been out of it the last two weeks. I was really sick one day and haven’t caught up yet. Iit’s been a lazy, feel like “blah” last two weeks. I hope it gets better.

Let’s have a good May!

#Author Spotlight Interview: Jen Winters

Where are you from?
Right now, I live in a small town a few miles Northwest of Omaha, Nebraska called Valley. Awesome! Once upon a time we were neighbors…well state neighbors, I grew up in Missouri.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
I’ve written a crap-ton of books, but I only have one novel published and one novelette. My favorite? My current WIP is my favorite. I think that is true every time I start a new project, haha.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Absolutely! My best friend in middle school and high school was a writer and we started writing together. I don’t think I’ve stopped since then. That’s cool.

What are your current projects?
I am working on three WIPs concurrently. The sequel to Kissing Demons is called Falling Angels and the third in this trilogy is called Raising Hell. I also have a short story that doesn’t have a title I’ve been calling The Dragonswan Sisters that I am posting chapter by chapter to my blog.

What books have most influenced your life most?
Very interesting question. The most influential book has been the Bible. I got my degree in Biblical Text because I loved that book. Beyond that, Piers Anthony’s Centaur Aisle was the first time I experienced a love story and I’ve been reading them since. Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaimon gave me a love for blasphemous comedy and convinced me that God has a sense of humor. And Garth Nix’s Abhorsen Trilogy showed me how excellence in writing is an event in a reader’s life that won’t soon be forgotten. Interesting…I will have to check some of these out.

What inspired you to write your first book?
Don’t laugh. Wait, ok. Please laugh your head off. My Little Ponies inspired my first book when I was in high school. Yep. My Little Ponies. I didn’t even own a single toy and I had never seen a single episode of the show. I experienced them vicariously and that experience inspired me. I think that is a sweet inspiration to start with. And logical as you stated you were in middle school when you started writing. Who cares where your inspiration comes from, as long as you are inspired to write.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, but it becomes more apparent in Falling Angels, and is the entire point of Raising Hell and I don’t want to give away any spoilers. Shhh…I’ll keep your secret. lol

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Scrounging up the money to pay for the edit. I was dirt poor and I had been abandoned to life as a single mother by my ex. I did it, though. I found an editor who took payments, even if they were ten bucks at a time. That was the first book. The second one is killing me because I am doing something completely new to me: writing from a man’s POV. It’s been a challenge and I am currently waiting on a Beta reader to tell me if I’ve met it or not, haha.

What book are you reading now?
Aha! I am reading indie authors exclusively this year and I am reading Hidden Carmina by Adri Sinclair which is a better story and has better characters than Twilight. I loved Twilight, but this one is better in every way. I am also reading Nwa Pante Rising by Kawanee Hamilton and it is exciting, but I’ve only read the first few pages so far. Both sound exciting!

Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Good question. I suppose you can say I do, though it doesn’t feel like it. If I get stuck on one book, I just move on to one of my other works until the right words come to me. I am never blocked such that I stop writing altogether. Lucky!

What is one random thing about you?
My favorite words to say are flabbergasted, baffled, and befuddled. I don’t know why. I just like how they sound coming out of my mouth. It’s odd that they are synonymous and doesn’t bear thinking on. It is odd that they are synonyms, but you are right they are fun to say!

What is your preferred medium of writing?
I write both on my computer and in a notebook. Raising Hell is in a notebook right now, whereas Falling Angels is on Scrivener, and The Dragonswan sisters are on Word.

What does your writing process look like?
I sit, I write, I agonize over what comes next. I get up, I lay down and then I follow my brain around until I have an outline for what comes next. It’s not exactly a process that works for most people, but it works for me, haha.

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)?
I don’t think so. I mean, I write my sex scenes in the middle of the night, in the dark, with a silly grin plastered on my face and my cheeks burning with blushes. Does that count as weird? I think what makes it a little out of the norm, is writing those provocative scenes as if you were a kid sneaking porn in his room lol.

How important are names to you in your books?
I research every name I use. I am a firm believer in the meaning of a name influencing a person’s personality and life. I make up some names, but for the most part, I use names that mean something to the characters.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad?
I do read every review. I love the feedback, good and bad. I do not comment on them because I am not sure about the etiquette of that.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
*cough, cough* finding beta readers who can give a proper critique. Not to toot my own horn, but my betas get caught up in my stories and forget to critique. I do have a couple that are worth their weight in gold to me, though. I wouldn’t exchange them for a long night with Channing Tatum. Poor Channing, he’ll just have to find another way to spend his nights!

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future?
I paid to advertise on facebook. It was worthless. I will never do that again. I’ve wondered if it would be worth it…guess not.

What is your favorite motivational phrase?
I’ve had the same mantra for more than a decade: Be who you are. I sometimes stray from these words and it never turns out well for me, but as long as I am following them in earnest, I am happy. Right on! Be YOU!

What is your favorite book and why?
Allow me to be blunt with you. My favorite book is mine. I wanted to write it, I put myself into it, I made it be what it is, and it is by far my favorite book out there because it is mine. That is deep and amazing.

What is your favorite quote?
I’m not a quote person, haha. I have plenty of favorite scriptures, by far my most favorite is the original Greek of Philippians 1:21 Ἐμοὶ γὰρ τὸ ζῆν Χριστὸς καὶ τὸ ἀποθανεῖν κέρδος (For to me, to live is Christ, do die is gain). My next tattoo with be these Greek words. It’s a beautiful sentence and it sounds lovely when read aloud.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Yes. As a writer, I want to say, keep writing and write every day. As a reader I want to say, hire an editor.

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
I have a variety of interests, but the most current one is gardening. Love me some dirt. That sounds…dirty! lol

How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Kissing Demons
Kissing the Rain

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March #WrapUp

First, a quick breakdown of books I’ve read for my Goodreads and CLTBRChallenge15 book reading challenges. Both goals are set for 65 books by the end of December.


Beauty and the Beast

Highland Blessings

Blockade Billy

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Earth Angel

February- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Vol 3

March- The Time Machine

3 AM Non-TBR Challenge

To the Gallows Non-TBR Challenge

The Glass House

The Dead Girls’ Dance

Spearwood Academy

Spearwood Academy Vol 2


Started an editing company, Sanctuary Edits, and landed my first client. I also started classes for my bachelor’s degree and will finish my first two classes sometime in April. I have prepped for my Camp NaNoWriMo session, and announced the name of the book I’m working on. Author Spotlight Interviews are still open and looking for authors. Musical Mondays will continue until I am out of them.

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Author Spotlight Interview: Marie Saint-Louis

Where are you from? I was born in Kankakee, Illinois but in the late 70’s my parents moved our family to the Phoenix, Arizona (U.S.) area. Cool, I’ve been through Phoenix a time or two.

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite? In November of 2013, I began writing my debut book, RSVP From Heaven and the manuscript was completed in February. It will be available for everyone in March 2015! Awesome! I will be sure to be on the look out for it.

Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? While growing up, I was a voracious reader. Writing was something I did at school for assignments but rarely at home. I remember during elementary school years, my stories would always be one of the few posted on the bulletin board in the classroom.

While I attended college, I wrote research papers but still didn’t write much on my own for pleasure. It wasn’t until 2008, when I began a hobby of entering contests and sweepstakes. Luckily, I won two essay contests within a six month time frame.

For a local contest, I won season tickets to the Phoenix Suns (NBA) and concert tickets for an entire season. I was excited because my friends and I saw Beyoncé perform live while seated in a private suite. The other essay contest was a national one where I won a cash prize and a trip to New York City. That is awesome, not a big basketball fan, but still winning local contests feels pretty good.

What are your current projects? I’m already working on my next book in the RSVP From Heaven series. The second book, will take readers on more exciting journeys. One chapter will be about my experiences sharing psychic medium readings with guests at a Tattoo and Motorcycle event. My vendor table was alongside tattoo artists, piercers, and a seamstress sewing on various types of patches on the leather jackets for bikers. Readers will once again be introduced to compelling people seeking guidance or longing to be connected guests to deceased loved ones. It sounds really interesting, I’ve never met another medium before so I’m always interested to hear their stories.

What books have most influenced your life most? I love my favorite books which are a collection of the best short stories.

Some of my favorite books are? I tend to read nonfiction book based upon people’s lives. I just finished Coco Chanel by Axel Madsen Personally, I couldn’t get into that series, but my aunt loves it.

What inspired you to write your first book? My clients were constantly asked when I was going to write a book. Through the years, I’ve shared many of my true stories with them, but never thought of writing a book.
My brother encouraged me to begin taking a journal with me and writing about my experiences. So, I stocked up on notebooks and pens from the 99 Cents Only Store and began taking them with me everywhere. I kept notes on everything going around me, the people I met, and the spiritual readings which were the basis for the book. Authenticity is key to everything written for my readers.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp? I need to just need to clarify that my book is not a novel, it’s a true account of my life. There are several messages I hope readers take with them after finishing my book. Here are two of them.

We all have uncertainties about our life direction and purpose.

I’ve have the pleasure to meet and guide people from all walks of life; college students, teachers, accountants, police officers, surgeons and even adult film stars. All of my stories make for a more interesting experience for my readers.

Throughout the book, readers will witness people coming to me when they are searching for direction and needing hope. We all have been there before; when our relationships are breaking apart, we are unfulfilled in our careers, family members causing havoc, and wondering if relocation will give us new opportunities and a new lease on life.

There are many people having a similar struggle within their own lives. It may not be the exact situation, but they are hurting as much as you or even more.

Value your time with loved ones and make peace with them if you need to This is a big one for me.
What I hear from clients is that they wished they had spent more time with loved ones before they passed. I love the part in the book where I read at a festival for a young man from Detroit, Michigan.
Dion was unsure about having his first psychic medium reading but once he sat down, I read for him for over an hour. I still remember when I connected Dion to his deceased brother Bernard. At one point during the session, Dion looked at me and said. “Damn the last time I saw my brother we fought over something real stupid. I wish I could take it all back because weeks later Bernard was murdered.”
What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writing is definitely a challenge for me because I place a lot of pressure on myself to ensure my readers enjoy the book. I had to work through a great deal of apprehension, comparing myself to other writers, and self-doubt in completing my first book.

What book are you reading now? I tend to read from all genres and from a wide range of authors. I am currently reading, “A Stigmatist: Marie-Rose Ferron by Jeanne Savard Bonin. Marie Rose Ferron, often called the Little Rose, was a Canadian-American Roman Catholic mystic and stigmatist.
Do you ever experience writer’s block? I have quite a bit of material to use from my journals, notes, client interviews and audio recordings. When I experience writers block I take a few days off to clear my mind.
What is one random thing about you? I love taking long bubble baths.

What is your preferred medium of writing? I would say writing with sharpened number 2 lead pencils in notebooks from the 99 Cents Only Store. Old school, I like it!

What does your writing process look like? I write down details as they happen, which are the foundation of my books. Afterwards, I get busy in structuring the specific chapter and include the people I meet, the readings, and what is going on around me while I’m there. I want readers to feel like they are actually attending with me and have a front row seat!

Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? Yes, I find my best ideas come from writing on the back of store receipts, paper plates, and restaurant napkins.

How important are names to you in your books? I love names and you will see in my book, I usually ask for my clients name before beginning the spiritual session. Yes, I took time to research the names I decided to use in my book. . In the book, all names and descriptions, have been changes for confidentiality.

Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? When the reviews are posted I’ll probably read through them. I understand not everyone will like my book…whether it’s my writing style, word choice, subject matter, overall theme etc. but they are entitled to their opinion. On the other hand, if my book made a difference in people’s lives….that would be the biggest achievement ever for an author.

Did you impact another person’s life in a positive life? Yes. I believe that every reader will identify with one person who I read for in the book.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? I am working on being more patient and not expecting the process will be a smooth one. It took me hours to write my book synopsis and I still feel it needs improvement.

Did you make any marketing mistakes or is there anything you would avoid in future? I see marketing as a huge monster that I had to tackle in order to let people know about my book. I actually began marketing before the book was even written. Mistakes? Of course, spending so much of my time on social media posting and interacting with people.

What is your favorite motivational phrase? Today, my favorite motivational phrase is “Don’t Look Back…You’re Not Going That Way” That is a great motivational phrase. I feel that it is serious enough to be motivational, but whimsical too. I could see Rafiki (the crazy monkey from The Lion King) saying it.

What is your favorite book and why? Besides the Bible, I have a long list because I love to read!

What is your favorite quote? “God will not look you over for medals, degrees, or diplomas, but for scars.” Elbert Hubbard

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why? There isn’t one because I believe that all those authors were meant to creatively “give birth” to the concept and create those specific books. I think that is the best answer I have heard so far.

Do you have any advice for other writers? It’s important to write in your own voice. If you’re not being yourself, you’ll eventually will burn out. Once you find your voice continue to develop it. It’s the way you set yourself apart from the thousands of other writers out there. You message needs to be heard and writing in your own voice needs to come within and in order to capture the true essence of what you are expressing to readers. Write On!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing? I love to prepare different recipes from Internet sites or while watching Food Network. I’ve been trying to spend more time unwinding from my hectic schedule by walking outdoors, relaxing at a coffee shop, and spending time with family and friends.
How can readers discover more about you and you work? Later this month, I will have a personal website where people can visit and receive information regarding my progress on my second book, excerpts, contests, giveaways, personal appearances, and services.
My readers are valued and I want to be able to connect with them through my site. Well when the page is up, make sure to send me a link and I will share it here on my blog, so those who read this can find it.
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