I was born in Phoenix, AZ, where I still reside, despite the horrendous summer months. I currently live in a suburb of Phoenix with my husband (a truly wonderful man), two dogs, two cats, and three newts (I love love love animals).
Right out of high school, I got recruited into the corporate world and found I had a knack for accounting. I spent seventeen years in various divisions of accounting, but never felt fully satisfied by the turn my life had taken. Of all I had imagined my future to be, chained to a desk was not in any of my plans. In one of those wild moments where you’re ready to bungee jump off a building, I quit my job and went to work on opening a dog daycare business, with all the support and love of my husband. As I was planning, I used my free time to start a story. I’d read a book and was rather unhappy with the ending, so I decided to write something I would enjoy. It started out as a secret. It was a side hobby, a release, an escape. But one day, my husband came home early and caught me. Instead of allowing me to continue on in secrecy, he planted a seed of publishing in my mind.
The thought of being an author went against everything I had made of my life. Security. Stability. Debit and credits. Cars and houses. Textbook accounting. Writing was creativity; no rules, no certainties of success. And I found it…addicting, exhilarating, and something I absolutely loved doing.
The dog daycare idea was unattainable for us, but the writing blossomed into a dream I never bothered to dream. So here I am. Two years later with a published book. Who would’ve thought?
What inspires you to write?
Anything and everything. I love visiting a new world full of whatever I decide to plant there based on what I’ve seen or wish I had seen. I can sit and stare at nothing while allowing my imagination to run with ideas and situations. Things that irritate or make me happy find a way into my writing. Personalities traits that I love and hate embed themselves into each character. Life is full of inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
Um…I haven’t found the perfect process yet. I’ve tried outlines, just diving in, rough drafts, and staring at my computer screen in hopes that it will magically make a scene appear. I think my preferred, but not always best, method is just going on the journey with my characters. What is around them? How does the conversation flow? What obstacle will they run into next? And during this adventure, my characters change, so sketching them out never seems to work. I look back at my character sheet and think: Oh yeah, I meant them to feel that way when situation X happened.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think it’s a little of both. And I think it depends on the character. I’m more attached to some characters, so I tend to let them do all the talking. I’m comfortable with where they’re going in life. Others, I need to help them along, therefore, I talk to them.
What advice would you give other writers?
Allow your characters to grow–don’t stuff them into a tiny box and expect them to be happy. Be patient with yourself. Hire an editor (you’re just too close to it).
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Initially, I had no intention of publishing. I was writing because I loved to write. It was my husband who gave me the idea. I read about traditional publishing and self-publishing. I read some more. Then some more. There’s no clear direction out there. It’s a choice like any other. I chose self-publishing because I wanted control over my work. I didn’t want to wait for months or years to hear back from a publishing house. I have enough faith in my story that it will hopefully touch a few lives, shed a few tears, and prompt a few smiles. I could ask for nothing more.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Oh my. That’s a tricky one. I’m torn right down the middle. I think printed books will fade and become a rarity. I’m not opposed to the idea, though I do love the smell of books. I think like anything, we’ll see a pendulum swing. A huge rise of self-published, swing back to traditionally published, and hopefully soon it will find a balance. I think there is a place for both and I support both. My hope is that both survive.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Link To Author Page On Amazon