How long did it take from first to final draft?
I was so inspired by my idea that I spent every waking moment that I wasn’t at work writing, so I finished my first draft in four months. Then, I attended several writer’s workshops. I had friends, beta readers, and family members read my first draft. Then, I began editing and revising which was a longer process. It was close to a year from the first draft until the final copy.
Why did you write this book?
I always wanted to write a book. I have a notebook full of hand written ideas. When this idea came to me, I just couldn’t get the characters and plot out of my head. I started writing and couldn’t stop.
Did you have trouble coming up with the title?
Yes! My original title was “Imbalance of Power” which I loved, but I realized sounded more like a textbook than the title of a young adult paranormal novel. I spent a long time brainstorming before I came up with “In Shadows of Magic”. The title is part of a line from a pivotal moment in the book.
Did your characters ever try to take the story in a different direction?
I had a pretty solid outline when I started writing, and I didn’t stray too much. There were a few scenes that my characters did indeed take control of!
How did you celebrate writing ‘The End’?
I went out to my favorite restaurant with family and friends.
Is there any beverage or dish a constant in the book or your life?
My favorite cuisine is Italian. Next summer I plan to go to Italy and finally sample some real Italian food!
Can you give me the recipe of your favourite dish?
Look delish! I think I would like that too. Shoot I might even try and prepare it one day.
Can you tell me something about yourself none has ever heard before?
I’m an open book, so there isn’t much that no one has ever heard. A few fun facts: I make jewelry. My favorite games are Scrabble and ping pong. I love Taylor Swift, and her song “Fifteen” reminds me of characters in my book. I love animals, but I’m definitely a cat person. My black and white rescue cat is cuddled up on my lap right now as I type this.