Tell us about yourself and how many books you have written.
My name is Omni, and yes, I love my name. I was born, raised, and still live in the Tulsa area of Oklahoma, even though I moved around a lot as a child. I have three teenagers who consistently make me proud to be their mom. We have two pit bulls, one a rescue and the other an 18yr old who thinks he’s still my lapdog puppy (which he is). We also have a cat and a rabbit, they can both be little assholes sometimes but we love them anyway. Since I am unable to work a traditional job, I became a caregiver for my grandfather and an author.
What is the name of your latest book and what inspired it?
Lily is the first of six women of prophecy. She is destined to sacrifice her heart to save the Guardian Dragon, but first, she must survive long enough to discover her abilities and the truth of her past. After losing her mother in a violent attack, Lily is forced to flee her home into the hidden land of the Eavalds, a people born of magic. As her past threatens to take everything she cares for away, Lily must find a way to fight for a world she never knew existed, with a man she doesn’t trust, and a destiny she can’t run away from.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I still write things down with pencil and paper before typing it out.
What authors, or books have influenced you?
So many authors have a special talent for expressing their story. But I read such a wide variety of genre I couldn’t compare one to another. I read everything from urban fantasy, sci-fi and dramatic romances, to horror novels, true crimes, and classical dramas. There have only been a handful of books that were too dull or didn’t keep my interest enough to even finish it.
What are you working on now?
I have a series to finish and a horror novel in the future.
What is your best method or website when it comes to promoting your books?
I tend to zone into my writing. I have found myself writing or typing away for six hours and it only feel as if and hour had gone by. I began by rough outlining the whole series, then rough outlining the first book. It wasn’t until ¼ of the way through when I did a detailed outline, but I was still learning. I attended a critique meeting group twice a month that helped immensely. Once the first draft was finished I did a hard edit. Re-reading the first few chapters made me realize just how much I learned in such a short amount of time. After a few rounds of doubt and “what the f**k is this crap?” did I get through the edit. Finally, happy with my work, and after a ton of research, I found Keidi Keating and along with her and her team, started the professional process of editing and publishing.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Keep writing. Finish the first draft, then edit. Otherwise, you will get stuck re-writing the first few chapter forever.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
“Show, don’t tell”
What’s next for you as a writer?
I am working on book two of the Elemental Guardian series and a stand-alone novel that is a psychological thinker.
What is your favorite book of all time?
Impossible to say.