We welcome you to My Bookish Pleasures! Can you tell us how you got started writing fiction?
Thank you for having me! I started writing when I was ten years old at a sleepover with my best friend at the time, and something about it just clicked. I loved writing worlds I could escape to where I had the control to make whatever happen, happen. It was an escape and it was fun. Fast forward twenty years and lots of back and forth with it, I finally decided to take the plunge into making it my career (or actually just realizing it probably always was). So in 2014, I published my first novel under my other pen name, RM Alexander. In 2019, Melody Ash was born and so was the Web of Echoes series.
Describe your writing process. Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? When and where do you write?
I am a plotter, although how much depends on the series. Web of Echoes has taken on a whole new dimension of plotting with actual story boards made from construction paper along with two notebooks of outlines, character bibles – it’s been pretty intense. LOL!
Can you tell us about your most recent release?
Southern Echoes (book 6 in the Web of Echoes series) released in July. I can’t say too much about it without giving away pieces of the storyline , but it’s found Caitlin in a very dark space with more challenges to fight through.
How did you get the idea for the book?
I’ll have to answer this question for the series. LOL! I’ve always loved adventure stories and tall tales and things like Atlantis and discovering lost civilizations. There’s something romantic and fascinating about it all. And I also love gaming, especially games like Resident Evil and Tomb Raider -games where you really get to explore. So one day I was sitting in my room, after the kiddos went to bed, and had this idea of a character who was really kinda tough and smart and thought she had it all figured out. But what if there was something she still needed to learn? Something that only going back in time could teach her? The story ended up being a little bit Tomb Raider, a little bit Indiana Jones, a little bit Outlander, a little bit Da Vinci Code, and mostly just a whole lot of fun to write.
Of all your characters, which one is your favorite? Why?
Caitlin is my favorite because she’s such a strong female lead, even when she’s at her lowest points.
What was the most challenging aspect of writing your book?
The most difficult thing about writing seems to changes with every project – sometimes it’s a particular scene, sometimes it’s a character that isn’t working out the way I thought they would. It’s always changing.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m working on the last two books of this series, and then also have some projects under my other pen name along with projects I’m working on within the new Vella platform.
What advice would you offer to new or aspiring fiction authors?
My biggest advice is that you can’t expect overnight success in this business. It’s a long-haul venture. With that in mind, always keep learning, always keep writing, and find yourself a supportive community – whether that’s one person, five people, or many more – who can cheer you on when it gets tough, root for you when you suffer a setback, and celebrate with you when you win.