Publisher: Author House
Publication Date: Jax & Marbles: August 17, 2012 / Pick-up Stix: June 10, 2013
Jax & Marbles: Amazon / Barnes & Noble // Pick-up Stix: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Jax & Marbles Synopsis: Things in life don't always go as planned, especially when it comes to certain life events. That was something Julian and Alexia were learning the hard way. Passing away at a young age was something that had caught Julian off guard. Losing touch with her best friend had left Alexia feeling lonely and confused. Both felt alone in two completely different worlds, not sure if they would ever come across someone they could truly trust and depend on. But then one fateful evening, Julian was given the chance of a lifetime to fill an empty void in someone's life - while getting a second chance to live the one he'd lost.
Pick-up Stix Synopsis: Things were going well for Alora-with the exception of her stagnant relationship with Jordan. She was hoping that her usual beach ritual would bring something to fruition and save her from her current situation. But with their junior year of college approaching, her hope was starting to feel like a pipe dream. Little did she know, her beach ritual wasn't in vain . . . For what felt like an eternity, James had waited patiently for Alora's toxic relationship to dissipate as he kept a safe distance. He didn't know how much longer he'd be able to stand idly by, when without warning, his patience paid off. Alora's situation took a turn for the better from his perspective, which finally gave him the chance to step in and help Alora start fresh. But soon after James was introduced to her, he realized that swooping in to save the day isn't always as easy as it seems.
My inspiration for my current release was the want to share my story with others. Both of my current books, Jax & Marbles and Pick-up Stix, has been one ongoing story for so many years. Last year I was ready to make my dream of being a published author a reality.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
Writing the books didn’t affect me as much as the self-publishing process did, to be honest. It’s not a walk in the park like many writers may think it is. It takes a lot of patience with the people you chose to publish with.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part of writing for me is leaving what I originally put down as it is. For me, there’s always a way something can read better, so I’m constantly making changes until I’m not thinking about the sentence, paragraph, or chapter anymore. It can slow my process down quite a bit.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
People are always surprised when they find out that I prefer a work area where there’s noise. I guess a lot of people need or prefer silence as they write. Listening to music, having chatty people around, leaving a TV on in the background, etc., actually helps me to focus on what I’m writing. Listening to a special playlist helps stir up emotions, so that’s usually what I do when I’m trying to knock out a few chapters in a day.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
A third and fourth book are in the works currently.
Q. What are you currently reading?
Right now I’m working on the Game of Thrones series. I’m trying to get through them before the new season starts next year. So far, the books are as good as, if not better, than the show itself.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
I’m holding a book signing for Pick-up Stix at my place of employment this month. My job likes to acknowledge their employees that have hobbies / talents they work on outside of the office; which is nice, because it helps get the word out about my book. Last year’s book signing for Jax & Marbles was a success.
Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!
Pieces of who I am as an individual, or of people that I know personally, are what helped me to build my characters. Some people think they’re all me exclusively, lol, but my characters are their own people in a sense as well.