What is the most difficult thing about being an author?
I think the hardest thing about being an author is finding the balance between considering your audience and not worrying too much about what people think. We write to share these ideas bouncing around in our headsâ€”to get them out there on paperâ€”so even though we’re telling stories that are important to us, we have an audience in mind. There’s nothing more exciting than getting a story into the hands of that audience and hearing good feedback about it, but there are going to be people who don’t love a story or don’t get itâ€”people it just doesn’t speak to. That can be painful, but you can’t try to please everyone, and you can’t let it stop you from writing.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
I’m really grateful that I had parents who read to me as a child, teachers who encouraged me and taught me to write well, and a husband who supports my goals, but I can honestly say that my critique groupsâ€”the Cache Valley chapter of the League of Utah Writers and UPSSEFWâ€”have probably made the biggest difference in my writing. They’ve given me the encouragement and the tough love I needed to push myself to get better and get published.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
I wrote this book on a dare from my husband. We were talking about the various paranormal love stories out thereâ€”vampires, werewolves, zombiesâ€”and I said it was unfair that ghosts don’t get love stories. He said he didn’t think anyone could write a ghost love story that didn’t end badly. I wanted a break from the more serious manuscript I’d been working on, so I said, â€œChallenge accepted.â€
What is the name of your new book? Tell us more about it.
My novel is The Haunting of Springett Hall.
It’s a YA Victorian mystery about Lucy, a ghost who doesn’t remember how she died or much about her life before. She only knows that she died trying to do something important, and that someone is still trying to stop her from completing her task. She has to solve her own murder, fix the mistakes of her past, and stop a necromancer to protect the rest of the people in the house. She has help from Philip, the only living person who can see her, but he’s also suffering from amnesia and may have been her enemy when she was alive.
What genre does your book fall under?
YA mystery or paranormal romanceâ€”it has some aspects of both.
What other books would you compared to?
I think readers who like Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series about teenage ghost hunters in London would enjoy this book, as well as anyone who likes mystery, romance, magic, and a bit of spookiness.
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I hope readers finish the book feeling like they just had a fun adventure in Victorian England. They may also come away with some thinking points about what love means and our responsibilities for the choices we make.
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
The Haunting of Springett Hall is published by Sweetwater Books, an imprint of Cedar Fort Publishing.
Where can we find your book?
My book is available in store at Barnes and Noble and Seagull books, as well as online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books and Things: