As any parent would understand, I don't have a ton of time for writing, but I squeeze in a chapter here and a chapter there as I can. Rather than being distracting, the background noise helps me focus!
After spending several years living in Asia, our family has (at least temporarily) settled in Missouri. It's the flattest place I've ever lived.
What inspires you to write?
I love to write because it's fun. I love to create beautiful things.
My current series (very much a work in progress) was largely inspired by my experiences in Asia, and those of friends and colleagues. However, instead of being set in Asia, it's set in the fictional country of Sevia.
What authors do you read when you aren’t writing?
C.S. Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, G.K. Chesterton, Dostoevsky, Charles Dickens…the list goes on.
Tell us about your writing process.
I usually have a sort of "skeleton" in mind when I begin on a story–generally a beginning and a climatic scene, and then perhaps a handful of intermediate scenes, but I don't do a lot of detailed outlining.
And that's pretty much the same way I develop characters. I begin with a name and a few personality and background details, and then flesh out the character based on what makes sense with those details.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I can't say I listen to, or talk with, my characters. When I'm writing any given scene, I just think about the character's personality and background, and decide how he or she would be likely to respond in that situation. I suppose I'm more logical than intuitive, even when writing fiction.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write a lot, have fun, don't get discouraged if it doesn't come out the way you wanted it to the first time. Finding a writing community, either online or in real life, has been immensely helpful for me too. There are a lot of good ones out there. See what you can find!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I didn't start out writing with the goal of publishing, but when I finally decided I was going to give it a try, I thought self-publishing sounded more fun and creative, with fewer restrictions.
I self-published through Draft2Digital, which does a great job of making a beautiful, professional-looking ebook.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Hmm, I really don't know. I'd venture to guess that ebooks will continue to rise in popularity (at least I hope so, since that's how I'm selling my novels.)
What genres do you write?: Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Suspense, Romantic Suspense
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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