The hero of your story, The Orchid Keeper, an alien world. What attracted you to fantasy and specifically that world? I have always loved fantasy books. As a child that would be the first books I ran to in the library that my mother and I spent so much time in. MY mother not only for fostered a love for everything that has to do with books and me, she also fostered a vivid imagination. and as I grew up and realized I also had a love for writing I suppose it was just natural that the fantasy genre is where I went. I also write horror but that's for a different interview. I truly enjoy building worlds and creating characters in a fantasy world.
What is your main character, Cora’s, greatest strength? What is her greatest weakness?
First and foremost her weaknesses are drugs alcohol and partying. In The Orchid Keeper some fantastical things occur to possibly change that. In that book we find out how strong her weaknesses are...can she change it? You'll have to check out the book to find out. As far as her strengths, I believe they surface towards the end and they will become more apparent in the series that will follow soon.
If you were to be transported to an alien world, what three things would you bring with you and why?
I will use my own world, Osipia. In a world so intricately connected to flora and human souls I would bring a plant and flower field guide, since the plant life on Osipia kinda mirrors Earths. I would want a diary/journal to sketch what I seen and to write down my experiences. Last but not least I would want to bring my best friend because she would also be completely enamored by such a wondrous world. Being pantheistic would foster an amazing appreciation for such a place.
What’s next for you on the writing front?
Completion of two works in progress. The first book in The Osipian Chronicles, The Fading Light, of which The Orchid Keeper will eventually be rebranded as a prequel novella to. Also, I will be participating in NaNoWriMo and writing a collection of all my short story fantasy and horror shorts. It will be called Chills and Thrills, an Anthology. I recently completed a horror short called Haunted House Arrest, which will debut in The Ghostly Writes Anthology very soon.
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