1. When did you begin writing?
I first started when I was in the 5th grade. My teacher encouraged all of us to write and for me, I ran with it. For me, it was something to do for fun and to pass the time. I wasn't serious about getting publish until 2011. I was moved when I witnessed the final launch of the space shuttle Discovery. I made a promise with myself to get my work published so I could share it with fellow readers.
2. What is your new book about and when does it come out?
I'm currently working on an anthology for the first three books in my Phoenix Element series. I learned from my past mistakes and I owe it to myself and to my readers this. I am fixing scenes, adding new dialogue, and new scenes to bring new life to my series. I have to keep telling myself to not to rush, which was one of my mistakes back then. Let it flow like water. The new book is called Phoenix Element Collection, and I am knee deep in edits right now. I have four new scenes that I came up with the other night that I need to flesh out. I'm super excited about this project and I hope to have it released before the end of 2018.
Phoenix Element is about a teenager, Anya, who discovers she has magical powers. Anya thinks thinks this is amazing but a being from another level of existence is attached to her soul. This being is called Ashima, and she isn't nice. She wants freedom and for others to feel the same despair that she has felt. Kyle, who knows about these beings (called the Rayasha), has a mission to stop Ashima at all costs. Unfortunately, one of the measures to stop Ashima is to neutralize Anya.
Book one is the origin story mixed in with inner conflict within the main character Anya on how she should handle her new life. The second book focuses on the magic school known as Vane. With the third book, everything is on line as the battle hits its apex.
3. Not only are you a writer, but you also cook: tell us more about that!
Funny thing is, I was never really into cooking until I got a job doing it. I've been working as a cook for over ten years. It's fun to create something out of nothing, be it food or words. At least with writing, there isn't a risk of burning or cutting myself. Unless it is a paper cut. Not sure which is worse: a paper cut vs the serrated blades from a box of plastic wrap.
4. I use soundtracks to help keep me on track with books. Do you have any writing rituals to keep you motivated and in the mood?
I've made a soundtrack list for all three of my books. I should create a new one for this analogy. Thanks for the idea! Anyway, I try to play music that fits the scene that I am writing. I've googled "saddest song ever" a few times.
5. Okay, now the big question: Star Trek or Star Wars?
I still have my Star Wars poster from when I was a kid! I didn't discover Star Wars until I saw A New Hope on TV. I was then hooked. Since then, I've seen all the movies and played most of the video games, Knights of the Old Republic being my favorite. Especially with that twist! Just thinking about it makes me want to play it again. As far as Star Trek, I didn't get into it until a few years ago. I actually sat down and watched the entire series (including the cartoon). I like both, each has their own spark but deep down, Star Wars wins. Fingers crossed that the Solo movie will be decent, am I right?
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