Trying to keep it rated PG. LOL. It was important for me to deliver sensual moments that had passion to them, but maintaining the importance of waiting before going all the way. There is so much time for that. I believe young adults should appreciate the innocence of young love and explore one another mentally and spiritually, achieving true oneness. There are some very sexy/close moments in Protostar, with more to come across the series, while valuing the power of non-physical intimacy.
What media influenced your writing? What were your favorite things to read (or watch) as a kid?
Movies are my big vice. I’m a big time “Movie Buff,” but I also love music, especially love songs. Huge fan of John Mayer and Babyface. My favorite shows are all on the Syfy channel and The CW.
Who has been your favorite character to write about and why?
William Derry, from Protostar. He’s a complicated character to write because he has lived this very structured, pristine life with everything he wants at his fingertips. Yet, he decides to venture out on this crusade to salvage his family name. The strength of his character is that he has strong conviction and he is very accountable of his actions. His morale ethics are a big part of the dilemma he must face when choosing between duty and love.
Do you plan to or would you like to write novels in other genres besides YA? If so, what?
Right now I have plans to do a number of different projects. One is a Witch story that revolves around a young girl that is grows up for a majority of her life not knowing that she possesses supernatural powers, until someone comes knocking at her door one day. I also have what I call a “Spiritual-Thriller” on tap that deals with demons. There are also plans for a graphic novel with a different take on Werewolves and Vampires; just to name a few.
Why do you write for young adults? What do you think is different about writing for teens than for other audiences?
Teens read — a lot! They still appreciate a good story and they commune with one another around the excitement of experiencing a fresh, new story. You can pitch a new idea to teens and they can listen without the cynicism of old adults.