She has a background in art, and on a dare from her two sons, started creating her own book covers as well as her own book trailers and website as well.
She lives in the suburbs of Chicago, but loves the country and the outdoors. She is attracted to castles, swords, and anything medieval, as well as anything out of the ordinary, and paranormal.
What inspires you to write?
I have always written stories, ever since I was young. But let me tell you how I started writing romance.
We received one of those book club mailings where they said we won money and free books. My husband was convinced we won ‘real’ money, so although I would usually throw it in the garbage, I sent it in. Well, we received our ’50 cent check’ in the mail along with 4 free historical romances. I had never read romance, always hearing they were cheap and trashy. So I planned on mailing them to my mother-in-law in Florida, but didn’t want to be embarrassed if they were really that bad. So I read one to make sure. It was a medieval. I loved it! From that day on I was hooked, and needless to say my mother-in-law never received a one of the books.
Then when my cousin suggested I try writing romance, I decided I would try it. And here I am – over 66 books later.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am not a planner by any means. I believe in doing things spur of the moment and just winging it.
I get an idea for the basis of the story, and basically let my characters write whatever they want to do. Lots of times, my characters are unruly and won’t listen to me anyway, so why fight it?
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
If I decide I am getting writer’s block – I go for a walk and talk to my characters in the process. People on the street might think I’m a little weird, but I swear this really helps.
My characters have helped me get out of jams or writing situations, and told me backstories about themselves that I couldn’t possibly make up on my own.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have faith in yourself and in your work. Don’t let others or a possible bad review keep you from doing what you love.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was traditionally published for the first time 15 years ago. That followed with four more books, then I had to go back to the working world in order to pay my bills and raise my kids.
I got away from writing for 10 years, but had a good back-stock of written manuscripts under the bed so to speak. Then 2 1/2 years ago, I got let go from a job I’d been at for 7 years. Another writer friend of mine suggested I started self-publishing my works as e-books. Since I had plenty of free time on my hands, I decided to give it a try. I love being my own boss, and would never go back to working for someone else now.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think e-books and audio books are really taking off. Although I like holding a print book in my hands as much as anyone, I love having a kindle e-reader in my purse with thousands of books on it, instead of having to dust and store thousands of books on my shelves.
Yes, e-books, in my opinion are already replacing print books and will do so even more in the future.
What genres do you write?: Medieval, Contemporary, Western and Paranormal romance.
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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