- What does your writing process look like?
To watch me write a book, you’d probably think I’ve gone insane. I write out of order. Post-it notes everywhere. Sometimes I write at the computer, other times I have to write in a notebook. Maybe I need a change of scenery? I’ll go to the park and scribble my thoughts done. To the outsider’s eye, my process is a chaotic mess, but somehow, I make it work ☺
2.Do you have any strange writing habits (like standing on your head or writing in the shower)? When I’m writing a mystery novel, my darkest scenes are written in the middle of the night by candlelight. I love writing during storms, especially rain and snow storms. It always sets the perfect tone. When the whether won’t cooperate, sometimes I listen to Rainy Mood. Also, I cannot write without music.
- What book do you wish you could have written?
I wish I had the guts to write a memoir of my actual life. Sometimes truth is much stranger than fiction.
- Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you to write?
Stephen King, JK Rowling, Nicholas Sparks, Sharon Sala
- How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
Names are very important to me. I pick names based on meanings, based on what sounds right, the family’s heritage and their personality.
- What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Aside from being a mother to beautiful, respectful boys? Hitting the top 100 list on Amazon.
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Writing full time
- Have you always liked to write? Yes. I’ve been writing since I was six years old.
- What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
Don’t quit and don’t be afraid to make up your own rules.
- If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living? This is an impossible question for me. I can’t bend my mind around the not writing thing.
- Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?
I think every author does, but it’s rare these days. Critical reviews can be incredibly helpful to growing as an author. I take each review with a grain of salt. I don’t let the good ones go to my head, and I don’t let the bad ones dampen my spirit. I keep it moving.
- What is your best marketing tip?
Start a newsletter. Grow a mailing list. Get social with your readers.
- What is your least favorite part of the publishing / writing process?
- Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
Nothing is off limits.
- Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy? Not really. I write the book as it comes to me.
- How many books have you written? I have fully written 17 books, with 10 more partially written works. I am working on my 18th full novel. I have 10 projects published.
- What are you working on now? What is your next project? I am working on re-releasing Black Horse through Booktrope! I am also working on a top secret manuscript behind the scenes ☺