I asked and she answered....
Q1 WHO DO YOU LOOK UP TO AS A WRITER/AUTHOR?
I admire them all if I'm being honest with you. I fell in love with reading as I watched my mother read when I was a child. She was always reading Cassie Edwards novels and I was never allowed to read them for obvious reasons of course. So— she took me to the library and I fell in love with reading, but not with fiction. I fell in love with non- fiction. I went through a huge Cleopatra phase. It wasn't until I started reading in high school that I fell in love with fiction. I think all Authors and Writers all alike deserve to be admired. It's not easy creating a story. I can't name one; I would have to name them all because it takes a lot of work like I said to create a story so I applaud them all.
Q2 WHAT BOOKS HAVE INFLUENCED YOUR LIFE THE MOST?
I didn't feel that life changing feeling until I read 'I Love You to Death' By Natalie Ward. I've lost almost 30 people in my life and I'm only 28 years old so that story touched my soul and my heart. She nailed every feeling on the head. If you haven't read it yet, you should.
Q3 WHAT MUSIC INSPIRES YOU TO WRITE?
I'm a lover of music, but I have an amazing group of people that contribute to helping me find songs with what I'm writing at the time. But to name a few Sia, Des'ree, Three Days Grace, One Republic and Kelly Clarkson.
Q4 DO YOU HAVE A SPECIAL FOOD WHEN WRITING?
*Laughs* Yes! Pepperoni. I have to always have pepperoni and I feel so lost without it.
Q5 WHERE AND WHEN DO YOU PREFER TO DO YOUR WRITING?
At night when the house is quiet and my family are asleep. My writing area is in the corner of my bedroom; I constantly get yelled at by the hubby for my quick typing and the keys clacking away.
Q6 HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THE GENRE THAT YOU WRITE IN?
I don't really have a particular genre that I write in. I have works out in erotica and Talania will be my first full novel published and as you know it's contemporary romance. I have Fidelity coming out soon as well and that is adult dystopian. Next year I will be writing YA under a pen name too. So really I don't have one certain genre I write in.
Q7 WOULD YOU CONSIDER WRITING ANOTHER GENRE?
Answer is in question number 6 :)
Q8 WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS STORY?
This is not a secret. I've been open about Talania from day one. Talania was completely re-written. Same character names different stories and personalities. I was sitting and having a chat with one of my online best friends and we were talking about heart disease and cancer. And while we were talking the names Evelyn and Tristan kept creeping into my mind. Then memory loss. Then cancer — it was like something was telling me I had to write this story. So I did and I think it was the best thing I ever decided to do.
Q9 ARE EXPERIENCES BASED ON SOMEONE YOU KNOW, OR EVENTS IN YOUR OWN LIFE?
Oh you just had to go there huh? Yes, some things in the Strictly series are based off of my life growing up. I can't say, but yes in Strictly Stuck and Strictly Stripped a bit is based off of someone or something. Talania not so much, but I have a heart disease story in the works that is based off alot of my real life.
Q10 IF SO, WHAT WAS THE OUTCOME?
I'll let you know when it happens.
Q11 WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF WRITING THIS BOOK?
Oh goodness, all of it. Every-time I opened it up to write more I would cry. It's very emotional; I spoke with family and a few other cancer survivors so as I was writing I would think about it all. See I can't even answer this properly because it's just sad. And the fact that I incorporated memory loss and the way I bring back memories in Talania kept breaking my heart.
Q12 WILL THIS BOOK BE PART OF A SERIES?
Very good question. I have a lot of very lovable characters in Talania. I wasn't going to say anything, but everyone knows I'm a series lover. So— it's open ended for more writing if I decide I would like to continue with it.
CAN YOU GIVE US A LITTLE TEASER?
Sure! Talania heads off to the editor tomorrow, but I'll share a bit with you.
Talania - Evelyn Snip
The sound of quiet is almost the worst sound there is. When your own breath bounces off the walls echoing in your ears like your own personal hell. I need noise. I need noise for a billion reasons, but the main reason I need noise is so I don't hear the sound of the chemotherapy machine with it’s steady hum. When it's quiet it reminds me of that sound. That sound is my own personal hell. I need loud. Loud so loud it would be deafening to anyone else.
Also, here is the first teaser trailer for Talania - A trip down memory lane.