This is the story of Teague and Cailin, two teenagers who have been brought together by fate. Teague, a human, struggles to come to terms with the consequences of a recent accident that has destroyed the happy life that he had once enjoyed. Cailin, a pixi, is trying to stay true to herself while fighting against forces beyond her control that have exiled her from her home into this strange world of humans. She fears the darkness. He cannot escape it. But when the two of them are thrown together, they begin to discover the light inside of themselves
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1.) How did you come up with the idea for this story?
Oath of Servitude was born when I first saw an amazing picture on DeviantArt by an artist called Blacklight29. Here is a link: http://fav.me/d3j4yh7. When I saw this picture I suddenly thought up an opening scene and pictured a character who I wanted to be the focus of the story. I wanted a character who used to have it all but was now left with nothing and was adjusting to the changes. This picture started everything in my mind and it is what I hope readers will picture after reading the first chapter of Oath of Servitude.
2.) Was there one particular scene you enjoyed writing more than the rest? Why?
My favorite scene to write was the one where Cailin first ‘shows’ Teague that she is a pixi. Cailin and Teague have been living in the same house for a while now, but Teague still doesn’t know who (or what) she truly is. When she finally decides to tell Teague what she is, it was a fun scene because there was such an awkwardness and tenseness during the situation. Not only is Cailin not a human, but Teague cannot see, so it only makes things more complicated and strange. I wanted to make sure that I captured the confusion that Teague must have felt along with Cailin’s nervousness. I hope I did the scene justice. J
3.) If you could pick one character from your book to be a friend/or enemy or yours in real life, who would it be? Why?
I would love to have Owen as a friend because he seems to have a good grasp of what is going on in this world created in The Punishment Sequence. There are so many questions in the story that I wish I could walk up to him and ask “how is this going to happen?” Haha, I suppose that it’s cheating to say that I would use him to help me with the flow of the story.
4.) What's your writing process like? Do you tend to take lots of notes, or just go with the flow?
I wish that I took more notes because it would probably help me keep organized when I’m writing. I usually sit down at the computer and just kinda go and see where the story takes me. It doesn’t always work, but that’s what first and second…and third drafts are for.
5.) How often would you guess you write a week?
I try to get in about three or four good days of writing a week. When I really get in a groove I can go about five days a week, but I really try not to write on the weekends. Weekends (to me) are a time to spend time with my husband and have movie nights and hang out with my pug.
6.) How long have you known that writing is what you wanted to do?
I kind of always hoped that I could be a writer/author one day but I think that I only began to consider it an achievable dream about a year or so ago when I first started to post my stories on DeviantArt. I didn’t know that other people outside of my family would enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them and it was a surprise. DeviantArt gave me the confidence to try out writing as a career and not just as a hobby.