I live in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. I’ve been a writer as long as I can recall and I love writing the stories of strong heroines ~ women whose mettle is tested in times of crisis. In daily life I believe we all have the ability to be our own strong heroines. My characters make mistakes but they always act with integrity. They also realize the importance of family in these times of major shifts in the world. I hope you like my stories as much as I enjoyed writing them.
I am a court transcriptionist and business owner. I love to swing dance and enjoy hiking the mountains where I live. Enjoying versatility, I also custom paint shoes!
What inspires you to write?
I’ve always been a writer, intent on putting into writing the stories I hear inside. I love happy endings, and doesn’t everyone deserve one!
Life can be tough, but when you can step into a story and let it wind around you and you root for the heroine and hero, that’s escape of a premium sort. I love strong heroines and the sexy guys that love them. My stories generally contain little bits of life and wisdom I’ve picked up along the way. I love horses so they usually also find a way into my stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
Sometimes I see something in the news, perhaps hear a story and I start the ‘what if’ process. What if that person had done something different? It sparks a story idea that I write down and let stew for a bit, thinking about it, until I decide if it’s something I’d like to write about. I like to put some social issues and struggles into the stories that people face everyday, without weighing the story down. For me, these stories feel personal and sometimes it’s hard letting them go when the story is complete.
My 2013 work in progress is a Faerie Lost trilogy. I had no intention of writing romance about faeries, but then one day I read about a story in Iceland where a road crew for 60 years had been avoiding a known faerie spot and constructed a major highway around it. So I began to think, what if there are modern day faeries and we just can’t see them…
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I’ve been on both sides of the line when creating new stories and characters. In the early days, sometimes I would start a story with nothing more than a small idea and it grows from there. Now I like to do a pretty detailed character sketch, putting down information the reader will never see but it all plays into me as the writer understanding who the characters are and what motivates them.
I also like to have a brief outline of how things begin and then progress, the points of conflict and even some scenes pop into my head. Other than that I keep it pretty loose. When I began the Faerie Lost series, I actually didn’t know it was going to be a trilogy, and I started with what is now Book 2, but then suddenly I realized there were two other books (and characters) who needed their own story. And so it goes….
What advice would you give other writers?
If you love writing, write. Even if at times things seem to go slow, keep at it. The story is just waiting to be heard and read. There’s no guarantee everyone will love it, but you’ve done your job if you’ve put it all down, done the best job you can to present it grammatically and story wise, and put it out there for everyone to read.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I was traditionally published in 2001 by Silhouette Books under a different pseudonym. A lot of life happened around that time, and when I got back into writing in 2012, I had a lot of back stories I really wanted to see the light of day.
I began to read more and more about the self-publishing opportunities that were available today, so I decided to jump in and try that route myself. I hired professional editors to go over my books, one of whom was a former Silhouette editor, and then I hired a professional cover artist to design my covers.
I did a lot of research on the internet about how to go about this endeavor, and it took me about eight months before I really got a good handle on it. I experimented with prices, covers and genre. I also taught myself to format for digital for Amazon, Smashwords and Barnes and Noble and then to format my books for paperback.
In the end I formed my own publishing house, Questor Books, bought my own block of ISBN’s and currently I have 9 romances out in ebooks and 4 of the contemporary romances are also in paperback format.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s a wide open market and the stories people love will stay around while the other stories may fall to the wayside (Due to lack of polish, etc.). Right now the market is a level playing field. New indie, traditionally published authors or authors that haven’t been able to catch a traditional publisher’s eye, all get an even chance to shine in this new era. The reader is going to decide who they love and the chips will fall where they may.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Romance, contemporary, time travel, fantasy romance
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print