Hi Jensen, thanks so much for taking time to join us!

First things first, can you tell us a little bit about you and where in the world you’re from?

 

Of course! I’m from Nebraska. We lived on my mom’s family’s ranch and for about a decade ran a horse rescue. It was amazing! I met my husband in high school and we have been together for a decade now, but married for eight years in January. We lived in Iowa for about six years and are now in Minnesota! We have two boys, ages 5 and 3, and they definitely keep me on my toes! 

I always label myself as an all-around nerd because I’m a part of so many fandoms from Supernatural to Harry Potter to Buffy. I could go on and on and on. I love connecting over shows, movies, and books. 

In April of 2018 I co-founded Pixie Forest Publishing. So far we have one published anthology, one that is in editing, and two announced for submissions. We offer monthly book boxes full of indie books and swag. It’s been so much fun and I really enjoy all the people I’ve met and been able to help through it. 

I’m lead admin for the Writing Bad groups on Facebook and writingbad.org.  It’s designed to help writers who live in a state on constant chaos. I’ve learned so much and started writing flash fiction and short stories because of that group!

I also recently started offering promotional graphics for book teasers or self-promotion and such. It’s something I enjoy making and most of my writer-tribe keep telling me to offer the service so I finally took the plunge and did!

Wow! You’re a busy lady! When did you realize you were getting serious about your writing?

About 2011. I had a dream that ended up sparking a book idea and my brain won’t stop since. I honestly can’t go more than a few days without doing SOMETHING writing related or the characters will consume my thoughts. Or my brain creates a new story to get me writing.

 

What was the first book you had published?

Shards of Survival by the Writing Bad group. I was the driving force behind editing, formatting, and publishing. It’s a short little anthology centered on the theme of survival. My story “Thirsty” is about caveman zombies. You can buy the ebook for just $0.99  🙂

 

Can you give us an overview of the books you write? And tell us why you love this genre(s)?

Ooh. Well I dabble in genres. I love being able to write whatever comes to me and not being confined to one genre.  So far I only have published short stories (and poetry floating around somewhere in a coffee shop book) but my main goal for 2019 is to publish either book one of my zombie series or a modern magic book I started for NaNO this year. 

I have three published horror stories, one in Shards of Survival, in Fangs and Broken Bones, and in Full Metal Horror. I have published romances in Love Dust by Pixie Forest Publishing, Cocky-Tales by Erin Crocker, and one coming up in Salty Tales by Stormy Island Publishing. I have a modern magic story in Pixie Forest’s upcoming anthology Magical Reality, and another horror/ghost story in PFP’s following anthology. I have another but I don’t really know how to classify it HA. Let’s just say it’s sad as hell. You can find that one in The Flatwater Rises anthology.

 

That’s really impressive, well done! That said, I’m slightly in awe here… tell me, how the heck do you find time to write when you’re a mum and a busy business owner?

As soon as my kiddos are in bed. I save a few nights of the week to watch shows/movies with my husband but he’s usually drawing so I’m writing. I’ve tried doing it during the day when they’re preoccupied or one is at school and it just never works and ends up stressing me out, which stresses them out.

I have a great business partner who is also a mom so she understands. We make things work and make the time for PFP, but our families always come first.

Of course, families always come first. They’re usually our ‘Why’ we do everything, too.  Do you have any more books in the pipeline for the future? 

Besides the anthologies listed above, I plan to publish my four book zombie apocalypse series titled ”The Refuge Series.” I want to publish the modern magic novella, “Painted Hearts.” I have a contemporary/slice of life romance I call “Amy&Cain.” I started a dark fantasy( you can find the first few chapters on my blog) titled “Unicorn Meat” and an elemental elves fantasy “Everild”  Not to mention about six other WIP that could easily be fleshed out into novellas or books.  

 

Please share your social links so we can carry on the conversation!

You can find me at all things Pixie Forest Publishing or Writing Bad too! Thank you for this opportunity.

 

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