When I pitch The City of Veils, I tell people it’s basically a YA-Fantasy-meets-Batman. To that end, I wanted to make sure that Brynna didn’t just talk about being a vigilante, girlfriend got out there and beat up some bad guys. The problem, of course, is that Bruce Wayne has […]
When I do world building in my fantasy books, I explore it from the point of view of my characters and flesh it out as I go. Around the second draft is really where I nail down what’s possible, impossible, and how things impact one another (and more importantly, how […]
The Demon Spring trilogy has a few different themes that I had fun playing with. There’s Anya’s abuse-victim-breaking-free storyline. Cam’s push to get her best friend to become more than he is. And Jack’s slow reclamation of the new man he is after his wife’s death. For he and Anya, […]
When writing a book, I like to take real situations and give them a fantasy twist to explore them. For example, in Empath I used a giant fire-breathing dragon to dive deep into anxiety and mental health. In my new urban fantasy trilogy, Demon Spring, I wanted to write a […]
One of the fun things about Urban Fantasy is that you get to blend the real world with the mythological one. For my forthcoming UF trilogy, Demon Spring, I really wanted to craft a magical system that was global in nature. At the same time, I wanted to be extremely careful not […]
Being such a student of history, of course Lexie would want to know everything about history as it pertained to magic. Gavon, of course, is more than willing to oblige, telling her the story of the brief magical experiment that ended with […]
When my mom was reading Spells and Sorcery, she asked me who Gavon McKinnon is based on. In truth, he’s really not based on anyone. But he’s exactly who Lexie needs the night she finds out about magic. Panicking, Lexie’s eager for any kind of normalcy, and Gavon, with […]
Because of Magical Law, Lexie comes into her powers at fifteen. Because of Aunt Jeanie, Lexie didn’t know magic existed until the night before her fifteenth birthday. So, as she tells Gavon, she has zero frame of reference for how to use magic.