What’s the story behind the story? What inspired you to write Freakishly Human: The Rise of Jayden?
I wanted to tell a story about everyday people and their everyday problems-broken hearts, ailing family members, leaving behind friends- and how those things seem like they are enough to break them. But then when the impossible is thrust upon them, they rise to the occasion, overcome adversity, and become heroes to us all.
If you had to pick theme songs for the main characters of Freakishly Human: The Rise of Jayden, what would they be?
Young MC, “Bust A Move”
What’s your favorite genre to read? Is it the same as your favorite genre to write?
I like to read a lot of different things, but Fantasy and Sci-Fi are what get me the most excited. I also love a good adventure. The first four books I plan to write will all be Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy, but I have some ideas bouncing around for a thriller as well.
What books are on your TBR pile right now?
I am currently working my way through the “Sovereign of the Seven Isles” series by David A. Wells. I am hoping to finish that in time to catch the release of “Marqued” by Lauren Duell.
What scene in your book was your favorite to write?
I have always been a sucker for an underdog who comes through in the end. Because of that, I really enjoyed writing Doug’s entrance into the major battle. He had been dismissed as someone who couldn’t help, but ultimately, he played a key role in the battle’s outcome.
Do you have any quirky writing habits? (lucky mugs, cats on laps, etc.)
I like to have a salty snack (Goldfish crackers, or pretzel rods), a Monster Energy Ultra Zero, and some quiet. I know a lot of authors have a playlist they listen to when they write, but I can’t do it.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I love the quote “The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you are made of, not the circumstances.” It reminds me that life happens, and how you react to it comes from within.
If you could choose one thing for readers to remember after reading your book, what would it be?
We all look at life through our own lens. Sometimes, what we initially believe to be a curse becomes a gift in the end. It is all about perspective.
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