Who are some of your favorite visual, literary or performance artists?
I guess some of my favorite literary artists would be those that have inspired my writing. Most of my older poetry, the darker stuff, was inspired by Poe and Lovecraft. Other inspirational writers for me have been Jack Kerouac, Susanna Kaysen, Kim Harrison and Kelley Armstrong.
Do you have any technical/formal training to do what you do?
I do not have any training, although I did take a technical writing class last year in college. My experience in editorial and freelance writing make up for my lack of schooling and general training. I have been writing on a professional level since 2000.
When was the day you realized that this was what you needed to be doing with your life?
When I wrote my first article for Music Review in 2000. I love being a freelance writer and a book author. I love the deadlines. I love the excitement and the research.
What projects are you currently working on?
Oh my gosh. Let’s see; as far as freelancing I just took on three new gigs in the last couple months. Two for online work and the other is doing reporting for a local newspaper. I am also working on a few books. I am finishing up on a self-help book, nearly done with a book on divination and then I have the first chapters done on two fiction pieces. One of them is about real life haunting experiences I have had, but written as a fictional tale. And the other is filled with witches, vampires and other supernatural creatures.
Within the next year I would also like to start working on my roadside attractions books for Michigan and for southern Indiana.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Hopefully in the next five years I am able to get a little farther than this last five. I would like to have all of my current book projects finished and published and be working on something totally new. I will also be done with my Early Childhood Education degree, and hopefully also have been able to finish my Health & Wellness degree.
Do you have any pre-writing rituals? How do you get yourself started?
I don’t really have any rituals, unless you count procrastination as a ritual. If it’s something I need to do research on I’ll start there. I also like to get the title typed up so I have a good visual. With book writing it helps to have a layout of what each chapter is going to be, when it comes to non-fiction. With fiction I just let the story develop itself as I write.
When I am feeling writers block I have a Spotify file of “music to write to” that helps get me in the mood. It contains mostly industrial music; like Combichrist, Chiasm and Collide.
How has the digital age affected your writing? Do you see much with physical sales or is there greater success with digital editions?
With freelance digital has given me more work options. But in book writing I do see a difference. It’s unfortunate that they make it difficult for the layman to format their books for digital media though. And the places that will do it for you charge far to much for a starving artist to afford.
If you could be on the cover of any magazine, which one would it be? Why?
I want to be on the cover of Oprah’s magazine. Why? Because it is one of the most inspirational magazines I have ever read. I think it would just be me, with some of my books in my hand or something.
Which cancelled TV show do you miss the most? Why?
Tru Calling. They just never gave it a proper ending and it was an awesome show.
What was the last movie you saw in a theater?
Umm, wow, we haven’t paid to see a movie in a while. I can’t even remember. Maybe True Grit, the remake. We paid like $40 total between tickets and snacks. It was insane. But at least it was a great flick.
Which film do you think should have had a sequel, but didn’t?
Drag Me To Hell. I want to know how Justin Long’s character dealt with the loss of his girlfriend to the curse.
What now deceased celebrity or other person of note do you miss the most? Why?
James Stewart and Cary Grant are a tie. I love their films.
If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be? Why?
A chameleon. Anyone that knows me can figure out why.
If you were a cocktail, what kind of cocktail would you be? Why?
Rum and Coke. It’s smooth, simple, relaxed and everyone loves them.
Is there a question you have been waiting to be asked, that you feel is always forgotten and needs to be addressed?
What do you want on your tombstone? And I don’t mean the pizza. I would like mine to stay “She inspired many.”
What is your favorite/least favorite part of the interview process?
I hate phone interviews, but that’s coming from the interviewer part of me. I prefer in person or email. If it’s someone totally cool I’d want to interview them in person (like the laid back Butch Walker tour bus interview).