Hi Zoe. It's awesome to have you over. With the Beauty and the Beast movie just hitting the big screen the timing for your book "Beastia" is perfect. What is your story about?
It's a dark, edgy retelling of Beauty and the Beast. A mean girl from Chicago finds herself the bullied when a madman kidnaps and transforms her. Her journey leads her to discover her own self worth, and about love and what true beauty really is.
At what point did you know you wanted to publish a book?
From the moment of conception, I knew I had something special. This book and especially the characters have driven me rather relentlessly to have their stories told. It doesn't help that I've had some avid and encouraging fans too, who have fallen in love with the characters as much as I have.
Is your home a place of order or chaos?
I consider myself a messy artist. It usually reflects my state of mind.
What genres do you write in and what inspired you to write in these genres?
I write YA especially, thriller, science fiction and fantasy. I think it's because I'm a bit of geek to be honest. Some of the best sci-fi and fantasy has been released under the YA umbrella in recent years. I grew up reading the greats like Pierce, J.K. Rowling, books like Speak, and so many others. Obviously, I can't name them all. I loved them so much. It was natural for me to start writing and searching for my own voice.
What is our favorite drink?
Mountain Dew is my beverage of choice.
What is your writing place like?
Sometimes, it's a crammed corner in a noisy Spanish cafe, but usually it's on my couch with the music blaring.
What's next for you as an author?
I'm hoping to share the other stories I have to tell. I've been writing since I was a kid. For me, it's all about the stories, and I'm excited to finally share them.
Thanks for taking the time to hand out.
I totally couldn't do this without you, the readers, and those special encouragers along the way. Thank you so much for letting me share Beastia with you! Also, thanks to Night Owl Reviews for this opportunity.