FAQs + Fun Facts
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
When I was younger, I wanted to be a veterinarian. Having worked at a vet hospital for about three years, I’d update that to vet tech. Techs spend much MORE time around the animals and much LESS time around the people.
Plotter or Pantser?
Definitely a plotter. My anxiety demands plans at all times (although it doesn’t always get its way). Plus, I find that when I have an outline to go from, I don’t have to follow it, but if I get stuck, it points me in a direction until I find traction again.
Where do your ideas come from?
EVERYWHERE! And I don’t mean that as a cop-out. I devour TV shows, movies, books, conversations, etc. and I’m an avid people watcher so I’m forever wondering how things would’ve gone differently if this would have happened to a character instead. Most of my stories begin with a “what if” or “why” question.
Can I get an autographed copy of one of your books?
Of course! If you’re local to the Indianapolis area I schedule several events throughout the year where you can stop by my booth for an autograph and a chat. If you’re not local, send me an email and we’ll work something out.
What are you currently working on?
Several things (because one project is never enough… insert eye roll here)… first and foremost, I’m hard at work on the third book in The Hellbound Trilogy. It’s still in the early phases, but if you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, or sign up for my email newsletter, you’ll be the first to learn about it! I’m also tinkering around with a few short stories, additional outlines, and a few other projects I’m excited to share later this year.
What books are on your reading list this year?
Well, my goal is to read 75 books (down from the 101 I managed to complete last year) so here are just a few: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus, and Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson.
How do you get inspired to write?
See above about where my ideas come from… People watching and a lot of wondering “what if?”
How do you deal with writer’s block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. If I get stuck somewhere in a story (which doesn’t happen often because I’m a plotter… see above), I grab another project and work on that for a bit to loosen up my brain.
Who is your favorite fictional couple, and why?
Princess Buttercup and Westley from The Princess Bride. They have a healthy mix of true love, romance, humor, and adventure in their relationship… what more could you ask for??
Do you write full time?
Nope! I’ve always had a full time job while authoring on the side, from a copywriter for a remote control toy company to a marketing associate for a financial company, an associate marketing manager for a consumer products company to a project manager for a pharmaceutical company. It forces me to make time to get my writing done, which is a better alternative than leaving it up to my wandering and (very) easily distracted brain.
17 RANDOM FACTS
I have had four knee surgeries, one every year in high school.
At one point during college, I was fluent in German thanks to four consecutive semesters.
My middle name is McGee in honor of my paternal grandmother (it was her maiden name).
I was born with a point on my right ear that I've always lovingly referred to as my elf ear.
The Princess Bride is my favorite movie of all time. At one point in my life, I could say every single line along with the movie. Probably still can.
Until I graduated high school I was embarrassed to admit that I liked country music.
I love looking up the meaning of dreams.
I firmly believe I could only shop at Target until the end of time and be perfectly content.
Despite having a pretty solid vocabulary, I rely on curse words with frightening regularity.
There was a point in my life where I had difficulty coming up with things to write about… now I can’t shut it off.
On long solo road trips I pick a song to memorize to pass the time (to date "Look At Me Now" by Chris Brown took the longest).
I DETEST lateness.
I have the terrible habit of writing scary scenes when my husband is out of town and I’m home alone.
I LOVE driving, but it’s the only activity that makes me irrationally angry (I never get angry… seriously, like ever).
I think anger that lasts more than a few minutes is a waste of time and energy.
Every year I wait as long as I can to listen to Christmas music. I usually only make it to Halloween.
When I drive under a streetlamp and it flickers or turns on/off I’m convinced there’s a ghost nearby