Ever since I can remember, but probably around the age of 11 or 12, I began writing stories. One was a story about a little girl with a dream of becoming a figure skater in the Olympics. I think this was inspired by the 1992 Olympics and I was fascinated with figure skating. I still have the story. It's awful. But hey, I was 12.
Then I gradually moved into darker stuff and dabbled in poetry. I also (when I was 16, I think) wrote a series of short stories about a ridiculous hillbilly family. I think it's called The Donners. I still think it's hilarious.
I didn't write for most of my 20s. I was married and caught up in being an "adult." Then I tried to write a novel but lost interest. It was called Press Play. I might go back one day and finish it. Then, in 2013, I started what I thought would be a short story called The Devil You Know. I got to 40,000 words and realized there was A LOT left of the story and it would be enough to fill three books.
And that brings us to today and the Black Shadows series. I initially published The Devil You Know in 2015 but learned so much in the past few years that I decided to improve the book cover and marketing and re-launch in January 2018. The second in the series, Shadow House, was released in May 2018. The third, Eternal, will be out August 24, 2018. (I can write and release books faster now that I've completed my English degree at UCF and have more time to write. Go Knights!)
I love the magic of writing. You start with a spark of an idea and it grows into three books' worth, over 200,000 words. Isn't that amazing? The thing that continues to both mystify and delight me is the fact that they practically write themselves. OK, let me clarify. It's hard work. But, somehow, it's as if that world and these characters exist in some other dimension and I'm just tuned into it, writing down what I see and hear. I love it and I'm going to be doing this until the day I die.
Here's a picture of me in my car: