Thanks so much for joining me, Belle! I’m very excited to host you on my blog. So let’s get down to business!
1. I really liked the originality of Cicada. How did you come up with the subject matter? Have you always been interested in aliens, or were you just inspired one day?
Thank you! I aimed at making Cicada a unique sci-fi/paranormal experience for readers. I wanted it to be a breath of fresh air for those who are tired of reading the same story told in a different way.
I’ve always been interested in science fiction and aliens! For as long as I can remember, I’ve been intrigued by the idea of intelligent life existing somewhere among the twinkling stars in the sky. As an avid daydreamer, I get inspiration from all sorts of places. And many of the places I mentioned in Cicada actually exist…only under different names, of course. :-) Even the haunted forest exists!
Growing up in Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas, afforded me summers full of adventure with my friends. I call on those adventures and memories a great deal for my YA stories. Cicada has a lot of the energy of those childhood adventures spun throughout. One of them is something that actually happened to me when I was thirteen years old. I was on one of my adventures in the woods with my dog, Dusty. We made our way through the woods to a neighboring pasture and crawled through the barbed wire fence. When we got to the top of one of the rolling hills in the grassy field, I realized I was standing in the middle of a giant circle imprinted in the pasture grass. No one had ever told me about crop circles at that time in my life, so I just thought it was an odd occurrence that there was a strange circle in the tall grass. Now that circle is forever memorialized in a YA novel, Cicada!
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