When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I guess I didn’t really consider myself a writer until I started getting positive feedback on my first book. Before that, I might mention that I’d written a book as a side note when people asked me what I did, but it wasn’t until that first book was published that I started proudly proclaiming that I was a writer.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
I’m not sure about a movie, but I think the Magicsmith series would make an excellent television show.
What is your favorite childhood book?
Hands down, Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? by Dr. Suess. I can recite the whole thing from memory.
Who are your books mostly dedicated to?
My family. Without their support, I never would have made it this far. Seems only fair I give them a piece of the glory.
Is there any writer whose brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?
Bradon Sanderson. I love the unique worlds and magic systems he creates, and I’d love to get a look at his brainstorming process.
What inspired you to write this book?
Casting Shadows is all about the buildup of stress and conflict that comes from people focusing on what makes us different rather than ways we are the same—something I think it’s important for us all to keep in mind these days, and always. In my books, those differences are shown through peoples’ abilities rather than the color of their skin or the place they were born. The base conflict, humans vs fae, was set up from the very beginning, but this book also explores the treatment of paranaturals, the people trapped in between those two extremes. They are neither human nor fae, and so are vulnerable to both sides. All this is building up to my next book, where my main character will use her unique position to try to build bridges of communication between these groups in an effort to foster understanding and cooperation before it’s too late.
What can we expect from you in the future?
I currently have two new books in the works.
The first is book 5 in the Magicsmith series and will be the culmination of Alex’s story so far. She’ll have to face some hard truths and put into practice all the lessons she’s learned up to this point. This book will mark a turning point in the series. It is the climax of the original character arc I designed for Alex when I started writing book 1, A Drop of Magic. It will also be the kick-off for the next overarching story arc and set up Alex’s new status quo.
The second book I’m currently working on is a spin-off novel set in Alex’s world following a new main character who will be briefly introduced in The Magicsmith Book 5. This offshoot will be published between books 5 and 6 of the Magicsmith series, and will hopefully develop into further novels depending on how it is received.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
After the publication of my first book I had a contract, a deadline, and people writing to tell me they were eager to read my next book, asking when it would be out, telling me to write faster. It was a wonderful feeling, but also very stressful. So the biggest difference to my writing process has been speeding it up. My first book took years to polish and revise. Now, the turn-around for my books is only a couple of months from start to finish. Casting Shadows is the fourth book in my Magicsmith series, and it was published exactly one year after the release of my very first book, A Drop of Magic. That’s four books in one year!