I am an author living in Newnan, Georgia with my family. I have carried on a love affair with books since I read my first novel in the second grade. I enjoy reading and hiking with my family during the cooler weather and slumming it on the weekends in pajamas, even in public. During the summer you will find me doing the appropriate Southern Belle thing and spending the time barbecuing, enjoying a possibly-alcoholic beverage and playing yard games with my kids. My heroes include my parents, all three of them, and a few literary giants that I refuse to name on the grounds that I can’t choose one over the others. I love cheering on the Atlanta Falcons and I would probably resort to violence if you ever dared to question her integrity. I love life and I am a true believer in each persons ability to shape the path their future lies upon. Feel free to contact me if you any questions or just want to shoot the breeze. Be well!
What inspires you to write?
My first novel was inspired by the death of my father at the hands of a supposed friend. I was angry that someone would take him away from us so soon and instead of letting the hatred consume me I channeled it into creating a monster in print…and then killing him. The novel I am working on now is mostly inspired by my vivid imagination but it does pull in some experiences from my life and the lives of some of my fellow humans.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I start out I choose a name from the endless imaginary characters rolling through my head. I take that name and begin brainstorming, internally, who this person is and what they are about. It happens pretty much unconsciously and I sit down and let the words flow out through my fingertips. My characters are real in my mind. It’s my job to introduce them to the world and I just write what is occurring in their lives as it happens. I’m just the funnel. During a story it consumes me. I feel as if I am living two lives. One that is my true life and the other is bought to consciousness by my overactive mind.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I feel my characters lurking beneath the surface of my mind almost always. If I get stuck I will sit down with my laptop and usually out-loud I’ll ask he or she what is going on with them today.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t give up or get frustrated when you can’t figure out a way to transition between plot points or characters. Stop and ask yourself, Who? What? When? Where? Answering those questions about each character, action, plot point, novel, etc… can help you stay focused.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to self publish because I have a sibling that is also an author and she has seen a nice degree of success in getting her name out from that. I think it’s a personal choice. My first novel wasn’t as strong as the one I am currently working on so I feel like self publishing really gave me a chance to view the finished product and to get over that “First Published Novel” excitement while also allowing me to see the changes I needed to make and how I could approach my next book more effectively.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I feel that a lot of authors will be self publishing going forward because it has become so easy to do. Unfortunately the market will be inundated with poorly written material because there is no buffer.
What genres do you write?
Crime, Suspense, Horror, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print