1. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME AN AUTHOR?
I've loved writing my entire life and my entire family are writers at heart. From the age of nine, I was taken into foster care and I needed a distraction to escape the real life situation happening around me. At first I began to write songs, wanting to be a singer when I grew up and then, when I was appointed a library monitor in my primary school, I feel completely in love with books. Come age fifteen I wrote my first novel and have continued to write stories throughout my life.
2. TELL ME MORE ABOUT YOUR UPCOMING BOOK RELEASES
Cloaked Shadows is a classic YA Fantasy 'chosen one' tale of a twenty-year-old girl named Ikena who finds out that she is magical. In Nevera, it is the law that once a magical you must report to the Sentinel palace, leaving your homes and loved ones forever to serve as a pawn in the army, battling against the Sinturi - treacherous beings of dark magic who have vowed to overrun Nevera and kill any human or Sentinel in sight. Cloaked Shadows is available to preorder now.
Caught Undercover is a coming of age adventure tale that revolves around a young boy called Matt Carson who finds out that his parents were secret agents and have been taken by a villainous group who were targeting agents of the W.E.A. Matt must train with the agency and become an agent himself if he is ever to see them again, but is it already too late? Caught Undercover is being published with Austin Macauley and will be available in 2021.
3. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
I would tell my younger self to not worry about what other people say. I was bullied briefly in school and it always made me doubt myself, becoming riddled with anxiety each day, and consumed me. I didn't want to talk about my books or about my writing because it wasn't the 'teenage' thing to do, at the time it was all about sports and looking your best for social media. Even now I struggle to post what I want, and I find myself having a constant battle over not deleting posts that don't get many likes for the sake of everyone else's approval. I've come to realise that the only approval I truly need is of my own, and I'm working on telling myself that every day. Be true to yourself and good things will follow.
4. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO OTHER AUTHORS?
My advice to other authors would be to make real connections in the community. If you make real connections, encourage other authors and join in on discussions, other's will do the same to you.
5. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE CHILDHOOD BOOK?
My favourite childhood book would have to be The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. I had bought all three books after the first film came out and was so immersed in the story I must have re-read the entire series every three months.
6. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS TIME?
I see myself as a published author with a few more books out. I'd like to think that, by then, I would have gained a little bit of a social media following and fan-base for these books and continue to work on compelling pieces of work.