How long have you been writing?
Basically as long as I knew how to. Honestly, I remember being excited about writing stories back when I was in grade one, and thinking they were amazing. I always won the creative writing awards in elementary school. I've always been writing.
But I've been treating writing like a second job since about 2014, if that's what you mean ;)
Why aren't you traditionally published?
I would love to be traditionally published. But there are a lot of different things you need to do in order to be traditionally published. Like first get the attention of a literary agent, who get hundreds of queries a week. It's just as hard as getting the part for a movie, after auditioning with thousands of other people. After sending queries out for my first two books and only getting two rejections and no other replies, I realized I could do it myself.
If you don't want to self-publish, you don't have to! You do what you want to do. There are a lot of perks to self-publishing, but the best perk of all, is that people get to read my work! That's why I write, after all. For people to read it. (I also write because I love it, but you know what I mean...) And it made me sad waiting on replies from agents, while my books sat on my computer, and no one got to meet the characters within their pages.
Self-publishing is the same as artists who release music without a record label. They want people to hear their sound, so if they can do it themselves, then they will.
Self-publishing doesn't have to be something that you always do, either. I'm starting to get back into Querying, and hoping that I can get an agent for my next book, Tickets to Karasvale, and get it traditionally published.
What ever happened to New Aura? Weren't you writing a sequel?
Yes, I did write a sequel, and I started on the third one as well. What happened is a really long story, but I ended up going with a different publisher from Calypso, hoping to make my next book more widely available. That didn't happen, and it was actually next to impossible to get a hold of it. I won't get into the nitty gritty of it all, but I made the decision to have it unpublished. If you look hard, there might be one or two online bookstores that still have one available, but other than that, you can't get it anymore. It wasn't something that I was hoping for, and I even had New Aura up on the books page of my website for a long time before I finally made the choice to take it down.
Since unpublishing New Aura, I had written other books that I was more proud of, and wanted people to read those more.
I also realized that releasing trilogies is hard as a self-published author. In order for Dark Aura to sell at all, every reader looking at it would have had to hear about and have read and enjoyed New Aura before that. Since I don't have a large following to begin with, I thought that at this point in my career, it made more sense to only release stand-alones. I thought it would be better to have books that didn't have prerequisites. ;)
You can still read New Aura online for free here although I think the last few chapters are missing. (if they are, and you want to read them just let me know.) The whole New Aura fiasco really did seem to take a lot out of me regarding Becca and Chance's story, but I wish I could revisit it at some point. But right now I do feel like it's better for me to focus on other books.
Who's your favourite author?
That's a tough one. I don't think I have one favourite.
I really like John Green and Victoria Schwab. Kasie West writes the BEST YA romance, and Holly Black always comes out with something a little different from her last book, which I always enjoy. Her Curseworkers Trilogy is highly under-rated, and if you haven't checked it out yet, I recommend that you do. It starts with White Cat ;)
Sophie Kinsella will always get a laugh out of me, and Erin Morgenstern wrote my favourite book, The Night Circus. She really needs to publish something else because I'm dying to read something else by her!
But yeah... Sorry, I don't think I can pick just one. :)
When's your next book coming out?
I don't know! I was going to self-publish my next book, Tickets to Karasvale, in 2019, but have since decided to try out other avenues. I'll keep you posted.