Where did you get the idea for this book?
This is a little weird, but bear with me. I think the idea for this series has been simmering for over 10 years. I actually know a set of 3 brothers from my high school who were direct inspiration for the Grechs in MANY ways (Though if you met the real life brothers, you'd realize they are not the Grechs. There are just some similarities.). The real people who inspired the Grech brother characters were/are an awesome group of people and I found them fascinating. Still, I couldn't just write about three brothers. I needed something else. Well, I've always thought that if I held my hand out at just the right time, at just the right moment, I might be able to push through to the other side of reality – to something more or different. This is an ancient idea that comes up in many myths and legends around the world. The Scots call places where you can see through this veil “thin places.” Just because we can't see these things, doesn't mean they aren't there. From that idea, it seemed a short step to a girl with connections behind that veil and Khloe was born.
What traits and other tidbits do you share with your main character?
Ha! Khloe and I have probably too many similarities. The outfit she wears in the first chapter is actually one I wore quite often in high school. We both sing. We both paint. We both have dark hair and hazel eyes. I wrote her this way because as a little girl I hated how many main characters, dolls, actresses were blond or had blue eyes. I wanted someone who looked like me – so I wrote Khloe to look like me. As far as her lack of confidence in her appearance, I think that is not just something I shared with her as a teen, but something that most teenage girls (and women!) struggle with regularly, even when they're gorgeous. Beyond that, I think Khloe's less snarky than I am and my family has always been perfectly in tact.
Did any of your inspiration for this book originate in your real life experiences?
The high school is actually based on my high school in Albany, NY. Anyone who went to Albany High will probably recognize pieces of the school in the descriptions of the place. The town is just a generic New England town. There are tons of little places like this in New England where I spent many nights performing in music venues or days exploring museums or other little known attractions. The mythological references come straight out of descriptions of myth and legend.
What made you decide to self-publish?
I wanted to finish something myself. This was the first book I wrote and the first I published. I have said it before, and I'll say it again, I'm an impatient person and I like to wait for no one. Besides, the idea of doing all this work just to have it shaved down to something not remotely resembling my vision for the story was unappealing. I like keeping creative control.
Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspired your book?
I mentioned it a few times, but this series heavily draws from myth and legend. I've always loved the old stories – from pretty much everywhere. Researching ancient cultures and specific myths, gods, and goddesses was one of the most enjoyable parts of writing THE BROTHERS. There is so much overlap between different cultures (like thunder gods – seems everyone has a thunder god) it made the concept of different ethnic Seelie easy to create.