1. What is your name/pen name?
2. What do you write? Genre?
I write Young Adult science fiction and fantasy.
3. Tell us about yourself?
I was writing little stories—even in crayon—from the time I learned to read, or so I’m told =). I got back into writing as an adult by starting out doing role play, first based on the TV show Roswell and then on Harry Potter. It was a fun, creative outlet, and my muse kept nudging me to get back to writing original stuff. I’m from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, where my wonderful husband and I share our home with our mischievous cat. I’ve earned a graduate degree in Psychology and work at a local residential facility serving autistic children and teens. In my spare time, I also sing in a praise band, Chalice Sounds. THE MIRRORMASTERS, my debut novel, is now available. On October 25th, 2016, my short story, "First Wife"--a YA retelling of the biblical story of Leah, Jacob, and Rachel--is slated for publication in Month9Books' upcoming IN THE BEGINNING charity anthology.
4. What prompted you to pitch your book in #Pit2Pub?While querying, I’d been taking part in twitter pitching opportunities for about a year or so, and when I discovered #Pit2Pub, I couldn’t resist trying one more time to connect with the right publishing home for The MirrorMasters.
5. Tell about your #Pit2Pub experience.
It was a blast! It’s always fun to check out everyone’s pitches and support others by retweeting, so it made for an exciting, fast-paced event. I received favorites from several publishers during the day and was especially thrilled when the owner and Editor-In-Chief of Clean Reads, Stephanie Taylor, favorited two of my tweets. I had previously submitted THE MIRRORMASTERS to her back in 2013 (when Clean Reads was known as Astraea Press) following an online pitching event, though it didn’t work out at the time. As I’d done quite a bit of editing on the novel since then, I resubmitted right away, noting that I had made significant revisions. A few weeks later, I woke up to a lovely email offering a contract.
6. Which publisher did you sign with?
Clean Reads, and it’s been such a wonderful experience! The Clean Reads team is so friendly and responsive, and their covers are AMAZING. I absolutely love my cover design for MIRRORMASTERS. My fellow authors are truly helpful and supportive of each other, so it’s been fantastic!
7. Tell us about your upcoming book.
Leah Ellis never knew why she was found abandoned on the beach at two years old. Content with her adoptive family and small town life, she hadn't thought much about it over the years. That is, until her life takes a bizarre turn when she begins seeing images in mirrors she can’t explain--cloaked figures using powers that manifest like lightning bolts, or flash-frozen beaches on another world beneath a purple sky.
She practices mirror-gazing, driven to understand these images and their possible connection to her forgotten past, and discovers that it’s kind of addictive with its wild, boundless power coursing through her veins. Soon, she learns to control what the mirror shows her.
When new neighbors move in, Leah is shocked that they're dead ringers for the people in her visions. According to Brian, with the gorgeous ice-blue eyes, and his father, she is a MirrorMaster--an alien with a gift that lets her travel through mirrors, even to worlds light years away. Her birth parents sent them to take her from Earth back to her homeworld of Jantyr, a planet she doesn’t remember. They’ve searched for her ever since she disappeared.
But Leah’s long-lost birth sister, a sorceress, activated an ancient device to trigger a cataclysm on Jantyr as a bid to consolidate her own power. Leah must return to Jantyr, master her newfound ability in order to locate and wield crystals that will disable the device, and thwart her sister’s plans. Otherwise, the destruction will consume the entire galaxy, including Earth and everyone she loves.
8. When is your book scheduled to be released?
It’s available now! It was published 4.20.16 and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and ITunes.
9. What is at the top of your bucket list?Wow, I hadn’t really yet given much thought to coming up with a bucket list, but since my husband and I both love cruises, it would be great to one day achieve as many sea miles as my grandparents did. They loved going on cruises, too, and they had at least 250,000 miles at sea with their favorite cruise line.
10. Parting words for other authors?
Perseverance does pay off. Keep writing, keep editing, keep querying, and find a really good critique partner and betas to help you get your manuscript in shape. Once your manuscript is ready, Twitter pitch parties like #Pit2Pub can be a great way to connect with industry professionals interested in your work.