FAQ

Here’s simply a fun page of facts and questions to get to know a little bit more about me and my books. Oh wait, I’m sorry, is that not what FAQ stands for?


Q&A
about books

How many books will be in the Walking Shadows saga?

There will be five books total although while they all take place within the same fictional world they’re all standalone novels. Each book follows a different character’s path.

How many books will be in the Otherworld series?

I never know if I should call this series a trilogy or not. There will be three books total however the last book will actually be more of a prequel (but it must be read last or else it’ll totally spoil the first two books).

What else do you have planned?

Well first of all my writing schedule is pretty fluid so I can’t tell you for certain their release dates just yet but besides the two main series (Otherworld and Walking Shadows) I have a few standalones planned that include a historical fantasy, a science fiction/space opera, and a paranormal romance. Other than that only time will tell!

Will you be distributing ARCs of your books? What about signed copies?

If you are a book reviewer with a blog or channel then please feel free to contact me for a Kindle eARC to review! I only have so many to give out but definitely contact me if you’re interested.
If you’re interested in purchasing a signed paperback of any of my books they’re $25 each (only available for U.S. readers for now unfortunately because of shipping costs) and paid through PayPal so email me and we can set it up!

What’s the best way to get in contact with you for professional inquiries regarding your books?

Honestly email is the way to go. But feel free to message me on a social media because I check those daily as well (although email remains more convenient personally when it comes to professional conversations).


Q&A
about Talis

Did you always want to become an author?

Ha. No, not seriously anyway. True I wrote my first book in first grade, a fictional short story in fourth grade, a bit of other half-committed dabbling over the years, but other than that all the writing I did was strictly essays, case studies, and research papers. My only real venue of storytelling was through theatre. I loved reading from a very early age but I never seriously considered writing until the year 2015 when I found myself spiraling into a dark place, discovered NaNoWriMo (which I insist on pronouncing incorrectly), and stumbled upon writing my first novel. I had no idea what I was doing but I went full conspiracy mode for it (meaning my wall was covered in sticky notes, pictures, maps, string, tape, note cards, etc. so I looked a bit mental ha) and I “won” (after which I spent months editing and agonizing over whether what I had created was garbage or not). Three years later and that first draft is finally a published manuscript! It turns out I love writing. Color me shocked.

Why did you decide to self-publish your books?

Honestly I tried the traditional route first like most people do. For years. It’s still a dream to see my books being sold in bonafide bookshops but when it comes down to it I simply got tired of waiting. I was done waiting for the world to hand me success on a silver platter. Instead I decided that what I wanted most out of writing wasn’t the money or conventional success it could potentially bring me, but to connect with readers who understood and enjoyed the stories I had to share. That’s it. If I can make someone lose track of time while reading then I’ve achieved true magic and I can live happy. I’ve worked hard on the books I’ve written and want to do them justice by publishing them, not shoving them into a drawer of failure.

(So if someone offered me say a six-figure book deal I’d turn it down? Ha! No, I’m not crazy and I’d like to afford food on the regular. New York, Hollywood, London, email me please.)

Who else is on your publishing team?

Nobody. Ha. I come up with the ideas, I plot them out, I research the details, I write the drafts, I edit those drafts, I format the final draft for both paperback and eBook, I upload my books onto Amazon’s publishing platforms, I create all my own promotional graphics, swag, and posts, I manage all my own social media accounts, etc. Other than hiring my brother to help with my cover design I am a ONE WOMAN SHOW. Which can be incredibly stressful because I don’t have a degree in Publishing, English, Literature, Business, or the like. I’ve had a steep learning curve, plenty of frustrating trial-and-error lessons, several deep Internet “HELP ME” searches, and basically it was almost like throwing a toddler into a lake and simply saying “Swim.” All this to say, if you find a typo in one of my books then a) I’m embarrassed and more upset over it than you possibly could be and b) sorry I’m not professionally trained so… *shrug*

What inspires you to write?

Everything. I get most of my inspiration while driving or hiking in silence, taking a long hot shower, playing the piano, or during prayer at church. Once I get a spark I tend to scribble it down, create music playlists, Pinterest boards, etc. Sometimes I get snippets of dialogue, a scene, or just a vague overall idea in my head and after I write it down it never gets used (I have plenty of ideas gathering dust in a folder on my computer) but sometimes it triggers my next book.

What is your favorite genre to read and/or write?

I read all genres except horror. My favorite genre fluctuates but I can rely pretty steadily on fantasy (the Harry Potter series and the Chronicles of Narnia shaped my entire childhood) or any dystopian with some good moral ambiguity. I love gritty worlds, real characters, happy endings, and plots that make you think. As for writing…I love to write what I like to read which is almost everything. I don’t go into writing with a specific genre in mind, instead a character knocks on my brain, sits down for tea, and starts sharing their story with the request that I write it down to share with others and whatever genre that falls into is what I write.


10 Things I Love or Hate

  1. I love cloudy skies
  2. I hate spicy food
  3. I love the smell of earth and pavement after it rains
  4. I hate know-it-alls
  5. I love the sound of stilettos walking on the tiled shopping mall floor
  6. I hate the sound of babies crying
  7. I love the smell of bonfire smoke
  8. I hate mosquitos
  9. I love the taste of cotton candy as it dissolves on my tongue
  10. I hate the pulling tides of self-doubt

(Some) Favorite Stories

BOOKS

And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie)♢Animal Farm (George Orwell)♢Deathtrap (Ira Levin)♢The Giver (Lois Lowry)♢Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (J.K. Rowling)♢The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis)♢The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)♢The Knife of Never Letting Go (Patrick Ness)♢The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)♢The Paper Swan (Leylah Attar)♢Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)♢Red Rising (Pierce Brown)♢The Scorpio Races (Maggie Stiefvater)♢Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)♢Vicious (V.E. Schwab)

MOVIES

Austenland (2013)♢Beastly (2011)♢Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away (2012)♢Freedom Writers (2007)♢Harry Potter (2001-2011)♢The Hunger Games (2012-2015)♢The Huntsman: Winter’s War (2016)♢Lion King II: Simba’s Pride (1998)♢The Martian (2015)♢Memento (2000)♢Monsters University (2013)♢Mulan (1998)♢The Phantom of the Opera (2004)♢The Prestige (2006)♢Rango (2011)♢The Secret Garden (1993)♢The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)♢Sister Act (1992)♢Rogue One (2016)♢White Christmas (1954)

TV SHOWS

The Crown♢Dollhouse♢Downton Abbey♢Hogan’s Heroes♢I Love Lucy♢MacGyver♢Magnum P.I.♢Man in the High Castle♢Marvelous Mrs. Maisel♢Merlin♢Monk♢Monty Python’s Flying Circus♢Mr. Bean♢Nikita♢Once Upon a Time♢Parks and Recreation♢Psych♢Smash♢Veronica Mars♢White Collar

MUSIC

ABBA♢AC-DC♢Andrew Lloyd Webber♢AWOLNATION♢Celtic Woman♢Delta Rae♢Elvis♢Ludovico Einaudi♢Nat King Cole♢NF♢Queen♢Rend Collective♢Trans-Siberian Orchestra♢Twenty One Pilots♢Wardruna

…and far too many more to list here.