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As a kid I believed that the treasures in my mother’s jewelry box were magic amulets that would give me immeasurable power and that old books could transport me to secret worlds. As an adult, not much has changed.
Born and raised in Northern Manitoba, I grew up drawn to the darker side of literature. Vampires were my first love but that soon branched into ghosts, werewolves, demons, angels, and anything else that might make you sleep with the lights on. I began writing at thirteen and completed my first novella at sixteen — a broody vampire romance.
My early influences were Christopher Pike and Anne Rice. Current obessions are Maggie Stiefvater, Lauren Kate, and Gillian Flynn. Hopefully, one day I can create a story that will haunt a reader’s dreams like their stories did mine.
Can you tell us about your debut, Midwinter, in 45 words or less?
The day Avery Belmont was born her father disappeared. Now after seventeen years, Avery returns to her hometown and awakens the dark family secrets he left behind. Secrets that connect her to the caustic and handsome Drew Montgomery. Secrets that probably should stay buried.
If you had to compare Midwinter to a current or past TV show, which one would you choose?
Maybe a YA version of Charmed.
What genre would you categorize Midwinter as?
It’s a YA paranormal.
What was your favorite scene to write?
The first kiss is always a favorite because I love, love, LOVE writing kissing scenes. But really any scene where Drew gets to be himself and banter in his Drew-like way was a highlight. He’s such a blunt and sarcastic character that says things most people wouldn’t, which is great fun to play with as a writer.
Do you have a favorite quote from the book?
“I know it’s our first date, but would you mind going rogue with me for the rest of my life?”
When can we expect a cover reveal?
Late summerish/early fall. I can’t wait!
Standalone – but you never know.
Are you currently working on anything else?
Always. I’ve got a YA biopunk retell that I’m very excited about and a YA paranormal romance I’m pitching as Katie McGarry’s Dare You To with a supernatural twist.
What theme song would you give Midwinter?
Ever After by Mariana’s Trench “I could be your perfect disaster, you could be my ever after.” Epic!!
What are Avery and Drew’s favorite and least favorite thing about each other?
Avery’s favorite things about Drew are his confidence and arrogance and ability to not care what people think. Her least favorite things are his confidence and arrogance and ability to not care what people think. (Does anyone sense a theme here?)
Drew’s favorite thing about Avery is her willingness to see the good in people, even if they don’t deserve it. His least favorite, her humanity and all the complicated emotions that go with it.
What has been your best experience as a debut author?
Having other people be excited about my work. Stories and characters spend so much time in an author’s head that it’s scary when they are let out in the world, but talking with readers and having them excited to read your book or adding it to their TBR on Goodreads is a great feeling. Plus meeting other authors. The writing community is so wonderful and welcoming.
What other debut are you most anticipating?
Great question! There have been so many fantastic books this year. I haven’t read SUMMER OF SUPERNOVAS by Darcy Woods yet, which just came out in May so I think that will be my swoony beach read for the summer. As for up and coming titles, I’m excited for GENESIS GIRL by Jennifer Bardsley and THE WEIGHT OF ZERO by Karen Fortunati.