I began writing at the age of seven, while watching my mother compose poetry at the kitchen table. I already loved books, so I thought I'd give it a try myself. I've continued writing ever since. I still write poetry and short stories occasionally, but nowadays my focus is mainly on fantasy novels.
Most of my work could be loosely grouped under the genre of Young Adult, if only because many of my characters are young and I keep my writing clean. But in spite of that, I never write bland books with nothing to say. They always include a deeper level for more experienced readers to think about.
I've always been something of a dreamer and a lover of bright and beautiful things, and that's reflected in my writing at times. I've also had more than my share of sorrows in life, and that shows up sometimes too. So does the Southern flavor that comes from my youth in Arkansas and Texas. I'm also a Christian author who will never write a single word that dishonors God. That doesn't mean I won't write about cruelty or evil. . . just that I'll never portray it to be appealing or enticing. Tolkien said the same.
Story-seeds grow from the smallest beginnings, and they often put out the most interesting branches along the way to maturity. I am not the type of writer who begins with a plot already worked out ahead of time before I sit down at the word processor. More often, I begin with a single image or idea, and then grab the bit between my teeth and run with it. From there, I might make landfall anywhere in the whole wide world. When I begin, I usually haven't got the faintest idea how a story will end or what will happen along the way. In fact, one of the greatest pleasures of writing (for me) is that I have an endless supply of new stories to tell myself.
People sometimes like to know where the particular inspiration for a story came from, and I usually discuss that subject in the Author's Note at the end of each book I write.
It's always encouraging to talk to anyone who took pleasure in my work, and I like talking to fans. So if anyone has questions or comments about anything, please feel free to message me.