Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.
Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.
When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.
When she finally learns the truth of her families deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.
1. When did you start writing?
I started writing probably around the spring of 2010 after I jokingly said to someone, 'I know so much gossip I should probably write a book.' They said, 'why don't you?' I never put much thought into it and then one night I sat down, started writing, and never stopped.
2. Can you tell us a bit about 'The Wanderers' and your inspiration for it?
The Wanderers is a paranormal romance that follows a young girl, Ella, on her journey of starting college and trying to leave the past in the past, but of course we all know the past always come back to haunt you. Just when Ella thinks she has everything under control that's when it all starts to unravel. Nothing is ever what it seems and she is constantly finding herself looking over her shoulder because she just can't shake the feeling that someone is watching her. Paranoia sinks in and Ella realizes she can no longer trust anyone. Not even her own family.
The inspiration for The Wanderers came from me wanting to do something different. I've read so many books and noticed how most of them kind of blended together and they were becoming too predictable. So I tried to think outside the box. I started with an outline, characters, and how I wanted the story to go (but of course that changed several times while writing). I sat down and just started writing. Writing for me just seems to come naturally. I can sit for hours and hours and just write and write. I always had fantasies when I was younger so I guess this my way of having them come to life.
3. What three words would you use to best describe 'The Wanderers'?
Different, intriguing, and awesome!
4. Is 'The Wanderers' a stand alone novel or will this be part of a series?
The Wanderers is a series. I'm not sure how many will be in the series but I can tell you the second installment, 'Reborn' should hopefully be out this summer. Currently working on rewriting and revising the third and the fourth one is partially started.
5. Can you tell us about your other books?
My first novel, 'The Hairdresser Diaries', is not what I would call your typical romance book. When I think of romance books I think of those books you find in the grocery store with Fabio on the cover which is why I hate to categorize my book with them. For my first book I chose to start with what I knew. Yes I am a hairdresser and yes the main character in the book is one as well, but that's because it was easy for me to write about a job I knew how to do. The main character Tatum is not your typical girl who gets easily wooed. She doesn't believe in the fairy tale ending and is constantly finding herself in self-destructing relationships. Having the almost perfect life - great friends, family, job - Tatum still feels something is missing, but what is missing is the one thing her heart wants most and the one thing she denies herself out of fear.
I have several other books in mind and my fingers are just itching to start them. My next one (I'm hoping) will be a Trilogy called 'The Dark Queen'. It's going to be a dark twist on Snow White. I already started the first half and can't wait to get going with the rest, but I told myself I would finish book three in 'The Wanderers' series before I dove into anything new.
6. Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment?
Currently I am working on book three in 'The Wanderers' series and when I'm finished with that one I am going to take a minor break from that series to start a new one that I'm a little excited about.
7. Other than your own, what are your favorite books?
I LOVE 'The Vampire Academy' series and I am so excited for the movie to come out! Of course love Bloodlines as well. A few of my other Favorites would be - Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick, Sweet Evil trilogy by Wendy Higgens, The Immortals by Alyson Noel, Fallen series by Lauren Kate, Shadow falls series by C.C. Hunter, The Twilight saga, The Covenant by Melissa Darnell (I think that's right?), and The House of Night series by P.C. and Kristin Cast - just to name a few.
1. What's your favorite treat?
That's hard because I'm not really big on sweets, but I do usually tend to swing toward Ice cream. Moose tracks Ice cream with magic shell, delicious. Oh and cake, but mostly yellow cake. Don't like chocolate cake. I know, I've already been told I'm weird for not liking chocolate cake or any chocolate baked goods - minus brownies.
2. Favorite place to read or write?
I'm a night time reader so I would have to say my bed, but if it were my choice I would say the beach. I don't really have a favorite place to write because I pretty much write where ever and when ever I can, but I do prefer to have a TV nearby. I can't sit in quiet, it drives me nuts. The noise of a TV or music in the background helps.
3. If you won the lottery what would you most look forward to spending the money on?
Vacation, vacation, and more vacation! I would just travel for a while. It's always been a dream of mine to travel to different countries and exotic places. And of course tons of shopping for new clothes and new shoes to take with on vacation.
4. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
California. I know it sounds silly to have my choice of anywhere and I pick California, but I lived on the East coast all my life and I hate the cold! I want to live somewhere warm. Most people would say a private island, but
I would get bored after a while. I need social interaction every once in a while so I prefer to live somewhere where I know there are other people close by.
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