Meet HLWW Guest:
How would you describe yourself as a writer?
I love writing genre fiction, whether that’s romance, speculative fiction, or mystery. There’s something freeing about working within the conventions of a genre and it’s exciting to find a new take on it each time.
What is your favorite romance trope?
I will always pick up a fake relationship trope. It’s been done over and over, and yet I still love it. My most recent favorite fake relationship read was Pretend Girlfriend by Lily Craig, and Change of Heart by Clare Lydon is waiting patiently on my TBR pile. I haven’t written a fake relationship novel yet, but it’s only a matter of time.
What made you set Painted Over in Indianapolis?
Both my novels Painted Over and False Starts & Artichoke Hearts are set in my home city of Indianapolis. I intentionally chose this city for my novels because I love it and want to share it with the world. We have plenty of stories set in NYC. I want to show people my home the way I see it: as a place where there’s anything you could want to do or get involved in, but small enough that community isn’t hard to find.
What are your favorite books/pieces of writing?
In the romance genre, Paper Love by Jae is one of my absolute favorites because the relationship between the two main characters develops slowly and believably and because it’s set in a small stationery store in Germany. It made me want to go visit!
For poetry, I love anything by Andrea Gibson but especially Lord of the Butterflies. Their words are beautifully crafted and whether they’re writing about something terrible or beautiful, it’s impossible not to be drawn in.
One of my all-time favorite novels is The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk because it’s the story of an American society that works together to turn dystopia around and create a hopeful future.
What advice would you give other aspiring writers?
You’re allowed to love your writing, whether or not it’s perfect. I can get hung up on whether I’ve achieved enough, or what criticisms people might have of what I’ve written, and I have to remind myself that I write because I love it, and because I want to see where the story leads.