Title: A Raven's Touch
Bullied through high school, seventeen-year-old Justice St. Michaels is grateful for the help of her best friend Moira O’Fhey. Their only wish is to graduate high school, leave the sleepy town of Fallingbrook and all that happened behind them. The Heavens have other plans. Between growths on her back and being involved in explosive school fights, nothing seems to make sense. When an unexpected encounter with Darien Raventhorn causes worlds to collide it exposes the truth about Justice's real identity. To avenge a family death, Justice must embrace her birthright, and slay a demon before all Hell breaks loose.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
I didn't so much decide, more so obeyed a desire. I've been writing since I have been able to pick up a pencil, so it's something that I'm compelled to do. Even when I think my writing it garbage, something in me says keep going. Perhaps it's a compulsion or obsessive disorder, or passion. Hard to say.
Who/what are your writing inspirations?
Definitely Philip K. Dick, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Ray Bradbury, George Orwell, John Wyndham, and a few more.
What are your favorite genres to read?
I'm a fan of horror, paranormal thrillers, and science fiction. I absolutely couldn't stop reading horror as a young person. My mother was aghast when I'd bring home all these books with blood, and frightening covers. For some reason she thought this would warp my mind, but it only inspired me. My current story is YA paranormal with a dash of fantasy. The second book will take it that next step further and push the fantasy element and have a horror inspired theme.
Favorite writing food / snack?
Tough question! I love writing snacks, well, snacks in general. I like a variety of things and it depends on my mood. Most often it's fruit because it's on hand, like bananas, oranges, apples. When I actually take the time to prepare I tend to make my own popcorn with ketchup powder (it's a Canadian thing). If I'm feeling extra fancy pants, I go to my local T&T (asian grocery store) and get Bánh C?m. This delicious Vietnamese 'banana cake', even though it's nothing like said cake, is rather sweet, but the texture is soft and firm at the same time. I have to admit, living in Toronto does have it's advantages when it comes to food, I've experienced a lot of treats from around the world in my backyard.
What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?
That I am a lady with a big dream and that they can come on this journey with me through my imagination. I hope they are touched by my characters and feel along with them.
What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?
I cannot for the life of me write an outline. I've tried many times, but it doesn't work for me. I have to feel the story, tells me what should happen next, and it sort of blossoms before me.
If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?
Write every day. Even if it's on a napkin, get the words out, and make them mean something to you.
Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?
No, but I did buy a snuggie. I love this thing. I realize I look nuts in it, but is it ever comfy!
If you could collaborate with any other author(living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?
Stephen King and Peter Straub. Both of them would blog my mind with their magic. I'd love to do something with Philip K. Dick, but I'd be afraid he wouldn't really be a co-author kind of guy.
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?
Probably a librarian. Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by books?
Coke, Pepsi, or?
Neither. I love Canada Dry Gingerale. It always makes me feel comfortable.
What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?
I first wrote my story between the ages of 14-16. Fast forward 20 years and I'm re-writing this story again. I'm still as excited to finish it. I've waited 20 years and it's a long time coming for A Raven's Touch to come to light.
Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you?
I'd have to say it's a combination of Justice and Moira. I based Moira on my best friend, so it's funny how I've become her and she's become me as well.
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