There was never one book that really grabbed me growing up. I was the girl checking out twenty to thirty books at the time from the library (and possibly losing one or two of them in my messy room but NEVER folding the corners of the pages). From V.C. Andrews and R.L. Stine to Danielle Steele and Stephen King, I read everything I could get my hands on. In between books, I was out playing sports, basketball mostly, and hanging out with my friends, but books were always my first love.
I am the youngest of four children, born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago. My closest sibling is five years older than me, so during family vacations I would often play by myself. I had a deeply developed imagination, such that my imaginary friends had friends. Once I finished a book, I would pretend to be a part of that world, while walking around doing my normal day to day things. I loved being able to disappear into another world for a while, and I loved magic, which may be why I like paranormal or fantasy books so much.
I’ve wanted to write a novel pretty much all my life. I still have notebooks and loose pieces of paper from high school and college with story lines, characters and chapter ones. But I never got past those first few chapters until I started working with my fellow Rebels. I wouldn’t have been able to finish my first draft without them. Yep, you read that right! My first draft is finally completed. I still have a long road ahead of me to get this book ready for its hopeful December 2014 release, but I can’t wait to bring Sophia and her story to all of you.
Who is Sophia, you ask? Sophia is the main character in my young adult paranormal novel and my constant companion these past 7 months. She has quite a bit to say about her sudden move to Illinois and finding out she comes from a family of witches. As I get closer to publication, I’ll share some of those things with you. I can't wait.