Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

I’m sure I’ll add to these as we go along, but here are some of the most commonly asked questions I hear—and I’m happy to answer them!

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Where do you get your inspiration?

Everywhere! I’m an incessant question-asker (a trait I get from my mother), a chronic dreamer, and like most authors, a notorious eavesdropper in public places. With these qualities, I’m pretty much guaranteed to get a new idea whether I’m out and about or sitting at home listening to some new music from my favourite artists. Music is a huge trigger for new ideas. A snippet of a scene, the tone/atmosphere or a world…whatever it may be, it’s likely the soundtrack came first. But I also love to lose myself in other people’s stories. Video games, films/television, reading: it’s all fodder for the next book.

Who are your favourite authors?

A list too long to name, of course, but I do have a few auto-buys when their new books come out: Alice Hoffman, Charles de Lint, Kate Sparkes being three at the very top. I also adore Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Jacqueline Carey, Ursula le Guin, Bill Bryson, and the Bronte Sisters.

My all-time favourite book is The Blue Castle by LM Montgomery.

Who is your publisher?

I am a very proud independent author, so I publish myself. I founded Raven’s Quill Press in November 2013, and it’s a brand I’m proud to keep building and evolving. I have nothing but respect for traditionally published authors, but I love the control I have over every element of the publishing process. It’s challenging, and sometimes frustrating, but always rewarding.

Who does your covers?

I have been incredibly lucky in all of my cover designers.

The original Meratis Trilogy covers were done by Kevin Lester back in 2013/14. The Cadis Trilogy was illustrated by Jeff Brown. The Meratis Trilogy boxset was done by Aaron Randall. The Nayis Trilogy was designed by Chris Reddie.

The Invisible Entente series was made by Ravven.

What made you want to start writing?

I feel like I’ve been writing short stories ever since I learned how to put one letter after another.

That’s a lie. I have the grade one school journals that clearly show a complete lack of motivation in telling any kind of story. But sometime between grades one and three something tweaked (or maybe snapped) in my head, and I started telling stories and writing plays with a friend of mine. We’d come up with lengthy adventures for our two female heroines, getting them into all kinds of scrapes. I loved coming up with new ideas and losing myself in fantasy worlds for hours. So it just kind of…happened.

do you do book club appearances?

I would absolutely be interested in showing up to your book club, either in person or online! Meeting and interacting with readers is one of the joys of my job, so any opportunity to do so would be a high point of my week. Feel free contact me to set something up.

where can I buy your books?

I produce all of my titles in ebook and paperback format. The ebooks are available via all major retailers. Paperbacks can be purchased via Amazon, or directly through my online store.

What are you working on now?

Oh gosh, there’s always a book or ten in the works at any given time. I would say your best bet to find out the latest is to sign up for my newsletter. I tend to gush about my works in progress in email form.

I hear your greatest inspiration is your wonderful husband. Can I have him?

Chris, please go away. I’m working.