1. Tell us about your upcoming novel Crimson Forest due out this summer with Pandamoon Publishing.
Crimson Forest is the first book in the Crimson Chronicles Series. It focuses on eighteen year old Angelina Adams who is lives in the small town of Buffalo, Wisconsin which is famous for its eerie moss covered forest. The novel focuses on age old myths and shows that no matter how average you are, wonderful, amazing things can happen to you. The series has an awesome love triangle, devastating losses that will most certainly make you tear up, and of course action that will hopefully put you to the edge of your seat.
2. What are your top ten novels of all time? Why do you love them?
Ooo, top ten novels of all time. Well let's see:
- Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas - James Patterson - I love this book because it's packed full of emotion. I literally went through an entire box of Kleenex as I read it.
- Eightysixed - Emily Belden - I'd never read a memoir until this book. I laughed, cried, and got so mad I threw a pencil across the room.
- The Secret - Rhonda Byrne - It taught me that all the positive energy you put out into the universe manifests itself and rewards you with what you ask for.
- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee - I read this in 8th grade English and even got to see the play at a college theater. I adore this book.
- The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien - It's just my size, what can I say?
- IT - Stephen King - Scariest book I've ever read...I now have a huge fear of clowns. Thank you for being that awesome that you've incited a true fear in me Mr. King.
- Sunday's at Tiffany's - James Patterson - This is a great book about an imaginary friend who she ends up falling in love with. (swoon)
- The Sookie Stackhouse Collection - Charlaine Harris - What can I say? I love this series(having Joe Manganiello play Alcide...enough said.)
- All of the R.L. Stine books - That's right, I read the entire series growing up and they've stuck with me. (I think that should count as 9 and 10 haha)
3. You talk a bit on your blog about being bullied in high school. This is something that, unfortunately, affects a lot of people and can stay with them for a while (myself included). What advice do you have to give to teenagers who are dealing with this right now?
You know Alisse, growing up was extremely difficult for me. Being bullied is something that has stuck with me throughout the years. My advice for teenagers would be this: Never lower your standards to please others. You're a beautiful soul and embrace that. People only bully others because they're jealous of their own insecurities. Never try to be someone you're not because the person you are is AMAZING. Hold your head high and know you're NEVER alone. Be proud of yourself and know that the future holds great things for you, don't believe me? Just take a look at me now :)
4. Your novel Crimson Forest is a New Adult novel. Why did you choose to write for this age group?
I love the New Adult genre because it appeals to so many different ages - from young girls hitting their teenage years to women in their twenties. It makes me smile to know they're all able to read it and understand the emotion behind my words.
5. Who are your top ten authors for new adults?
Top Ten? Whew, I don't really have a top 10 list for new adult authors because I have such a vast taste in books. If I had to narrow it down to one however; it would be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
6. You say that you grew up in a small rural town. What was it like? Are you still there?
Oh yes!! The Village of Monroeville, population 1394. What was it like? Well, it was your typical small town with everyone knowing everyone else's business :) If you didn't have a "certain last name" you were dubbed a geek (yes I'm proud of my last name and yes I'm proud to be a geek.) Monroeville has 2 stop lights, a gas station, a subway, pizza place, and now a Dollar General(woohoo) all within half a mile. It's surrounded by cornfields and they even have their own events such as - Tractor Day(everyone drives their best/dirtiest/oldest/smallest tractors to school where they're judged and awarded) and the famous St. Joseph's Festival which is held every summer.
I promised myself that as soon as I moved out I would leave that small town...and I did :) I now live like 10 minutes away in Norwalk...still close enough to my parents, but just far enough away that the smell of cow manure won't overwhelm me.
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