I chose to self-publish because I was eager to get the word out about my book. The writing process took place over the course of nine years, so it was exciting to get some momentum going.
How often do you write?
I write as often as I can. My goal is to write at least a page a day, but that’s not always feasible. I figure that a page a day will allow me to complete my novel – at least the rough draft – within a year’s time. I’d love to get the sequel to my debut novel, ‘Freshman Fourteen,’ out as soon as possible.
Tell us about some of your future projects?
As I already said, I’m working on the sequel to ‘Freshman Fourteen’ at the moment. It follows the same characters, with an additional character here and there to add something new to the mix. I’ll eventually write a third and fourth novel in the series, if not more, to at least follow the characters through their four years of high school.
What are some of your favorite books?
Some of my favorite books include those by Sonya Sones, who writes amazingly wonderful novels-in-verse, including ‘What My Mother Doesn’t Know’. I also love ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ by J.K. Rowling, ‘The Godfather’ by Mario Puzo, and the Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S.) series of books – fourteen in total – by a variety of different authors. There are too many more to name, but these are just a handful of my favorites.
If you could co-write a book with another author, who would it be?
If I could co-write a book with another author, I would choose Sonya Sones. I love how she can tell a story through short, sweet lines of verse.
What is the name of your book?
Give us a blurb
Navigating the halls of Kipperton High should be easy for someone like Margot Maples. She’s smart, sweet, and ready to start fresh. But with her best friend moved away, she’s stuck wondering just how to fit in. Making her transition more difficult is Max, who always knows how to push her buttons, Walter, her geeky suitor, Cassie, the girl who seemingly has it all, and Peter, her first true crush. So, life doesn’t go just the way she hopes. Join Margot on a journey through the beginning of ninth grade – a time when your reputation is determined by the most trivial of matters, including where you eat, how many friends you have, and – most notably – who you kiss.
Do you have any advice for others who dream of being an author?
My advice for others would be to write. I know it sounds cliche, and you probably already do it, but at the same time, we all get stuck in ruts (me included) and stop doing what we love for a bit. Always be passionate about what you love to do, and stick to it, whether you are an author, a blogger, a rodeo clown, or anything else in life. It’s important, and too many people let it slip by the wayside.
Tell us three fun facts about yourself
Three fun facts about me:
1) I have seen the Beach Boys in concert 6 times;
2) ‘Rocky’ is one of my all-time favorite movies, and I’ve run up the steps of the art museum where they filmed it (the “Rocky steps”) twice;
3) For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher and an author – and now I’m both!
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