What was the inspiration for your story?
First of all, thank you so very much for spotlighting EERIE on The Wonderings of One Person! The premise for EERIE came from my childhood fear of the dark and the stories I used to tell myself at bedtime about creatures that lived in the shadows—creatures that could be good or bad.
The real inspiration for Eerie happened when I moved to Alaska from Florida in 2008. I was ….surprised. Culture shocked, really, and everything that I saw and heard and experienced became sort of magical. My imagination took flight, and I knew I wanted to write about paranormal creatures in The Great White North. So when I began to write a sort of love story between the creatures in the shadows and a lonely girl, I knew this ancient creature would have a home in Alaska with a mission to do something big. In a nutshell, that’s where Eerie originated.
What kept you going throughout the writing process?
It would have been easy to throw in the towel at several, several points along my journey to get Eerie published. What kept me going was I knew I had a great story that resonated with a lot of readers. I knew it would never be the perfect book for everyone, but I knew it was a story I wanted to share—from Hailey’s struggle as a bullied teenager to the strange Alaska campus at Bear Towne University and the paranormal creatures who live there—I knew I had to share this adventure!
Who is your most meaningful character and why?
I love Giselle, who is sort of Hailey’s personality opposite. Both girls have been bullied their entire lives, and each have coped in their own way, which drove their personalities and character. Where Hailey is an overly nice girl, Giselle pushes everyone away. She’s a very angry, very standoffish student.
Everyone avoids her. Except Hailey.
Sure Giselle’s cranky and witty and supernatural, but she’s also just a lonely girl. The dynamic between the two is both hysterically funny and deeply moving. Giselle added a dimension of comic relief and surprising realism to the dark supernatural world of Eerie, which is why she’s my fav.
Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?
I hope to have the second book in the EERIE series available by the end of the year.
What motivated you to start writing?
This is a great question, because there wasn’t a clear-cut “reason” that I started writing. I just always wrote. It started with a journal I’d made from school tablet paper I’d stapled together when I was in second grade. Then I started writing short stories somewhere around the fifth grade, and I was always—even throughout my career in the military—writing…something. My first book-length work was a memoir. My second was EERIE, which is the first to see the light of publication. Growing up, I always thought I’d be a doctor or a chemist. I ended up being a chemical engineer.
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