Frequently Asked Questions
Here you'll find answers to the most common questions I get asked. Anything from what my book is about, to what sort of things inspire me, to where I've traveled. If you have a question, shoot me a message!
What is your book about?
The first book is centered around eighteen year old Jen Monroe. She’s part human and part dragon (referred to as a hybrid), giving her several different abilities like raw energy manifestation, wings, and rapid cellular regeneration. A group of warriors called Zaheri, also hybrids, have been training her in the various skills she has for about a year. One day, as Jen is on her way into school, enemy hybrids attack, forcing her and her Zaheri to protect against their efforts.
You said your book was the first in a series. How many books do you anticipate the series will be?
The Human-Born Era will consist of five books. There are (at present) to be 4 Eras within Tilion's world that we will explore as time goes on.
How long do you estimate your book will be?
It’s safe to assume that book one will sit somewhere around 350 pages for the standard print version. The dyslexic friendly edition will likely sit around 390 pages.
Who would you recommend your book for?
I wrote The Human-Born Era: The Rise of the Raidin with the age group of 16-20 in mind. Any teen to young adult that loves fantasy and action would likely be looking to pick up this book. Since this story deals with warfare, there are several battles that I have written throughout the series.
What was your inspiration for your book?
I grew up absolutely living and breathing fantastical worlds. I was that kid that would play make-believe all the time. My friends and I were prone to play acting out scenes from our favorite movies and TV shows in my backyard. The worlds of Disney, Pokémon, Narnia, Digimon, and Middle Earth were ours to explore and build upon. If we knew that fanfiction was a thing back then, we probably would have been all over it. I adored these worlds, reveling in their magic and fantasy.
As I grew up, the daydreams never left me and I began to dive into video games like Kingdom Hearts, Mass Effect, Dragon Age, and Skyrim. The idea that I could go save galaxies and worlds was fantastic. Each of them inspired me to dive deeper into my own world and extract histories and ancient lore for my own fantasy world.
What makes you most excited about your book?
Quite honestly, seeing the fanart, fanfiction, and other fan inspired work! I get super stoked when I think about how they'll see my characters and to witness talent across artistic mediums. I’m a huge fan of people who can take an image in their head and make it come out in a drawing or a painting or a 3D rendering. I can’t do any of those things, so when I see someone pull something out of thin air, I stand agape at their talent. I am STUPID excited to see what the fans come up with.
Stuff like the image to the right!
Did you always want to write stories?
Not really. There was a period of time where I had a great desire to be a photographer to National Geographic. I love traveling and I like to think I have some semblance of skill with photography. That didn’t stop me from playing around with this little world that was brewing in my mind since middle school though. It was my brother who got me to talk about the framework of the story and encouraged me to write.
I started writing seriously during my Freshman year of college and officially made it my area of study when I arrived at Houghton College in 2009.
When you need to buckle down and get some writing done, what gives you the gumption to get moving?
Nine times out of ten, all I need is a good playlist of music. Thomas Bergersen is one of my favorite composers, and two of his songs always get me pumped to write; “Promise” and “Creation of Earth”. Most ‘epic’ trailer music gets my creative juices flowing, and images can start to fly to mind.
Also, I love driving. I used to do a lot of story building while commuting from home to college since I was almost always alone and had five hours to myself to just think. I miss that drive and have been prone to take up long car rides for people solely so I have time to be stationary and listen to music.
Where have you traveled?
I’ve had the privilege to travel through most of the USA (recently I got the pleasure of traveling to Alaska!), and explore other countries as well. To date, I’ve been able to visit Italy, Greece, Canada, Ireland, France, England and a very tiny amount of Scotland.
Where do you want to travel?
I really want to get to Scotland and properly explore the northern part of the country – particularly the Isle of Skye. Look up photos of the area and tell me you don’t agree. My bucket list grows almost daily. Norway, Switzerland, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Tanzania, Tokyo, Argentina, Sydney, and Antarctica to name a few. Yes, I really, REALLY want to visit Antarctica someday. It may never happen. But dangit wouldn’t it be cool (no pun intended)?!
Do you have a place you travel to frequently?
Yes. Disney World. If it hasn’t been apparent, I’m prone to child-like tendencies. Loving Disney is only one of the things that makes people laugh at me. Having yearly trips has become part of my life, though not always intentionally. Last year I had no plans to visit, just as I never planned to visit Disneyland this year. But then I was told I had to go to San Diego for a convention and said, “Well, I’m only two hours away from Disneyland so…twist my arm why don’tcha.”
Do you write solely on the computer, or do you like to handwrite your books?
As a whole, I write primarily on my computers. I’m faster on a keyboard than with a pen. Though I do have a myriad of notebooks lying around that are filled with scenes, ideas, and general questions I’ve asked of myself, my characters, and my world. They’re also the things I have so that I don’t always need to have my digital copies on hand for referencing. Since the world I’m writing involves an ensemble cast of characters, I need to remind myself rather frequently who is where doing what so that I don’t lose track of people.
Regarding your books, do you have a favorite character?
Much like a parent, I do love each of my characters for different reasons. Who's my favorite to write for? Krelien, hands down. Coming up with his mix-ups and his general tomfoolery causes me to channel my much wittier siblings in the hope that I'll be true to Krelien's character. I often find myself giggling at him as I reread the story, and I hope you find some of his antics as entertaining as I do.