I live in Texas with my husband and our four sons. We love the outdoors – riding on our four wheelers or on our boat. We enjoy visiting amusement parks and sitting around a fire telling scary stories.
I taught middle school for a few years before staying home with my boys.
I like to read and I love to write…when I get the chance!
What inspires you to write?
What doesn’t? People watching, overhearing conversations, dreams, old homes and buildings, cemeteries, the weather…the list goes on and on.
Tell us about your writing process.
My stories usually begin with me sitting in front of my computer and just writing to see what happens. A character begins to develop and then his/her background story. When I get a number of characters, sometimes I have to go online to find someone who I think looks like them so that I can have a clearer image in my head. I will outline some with pen and paper, but I think I work best when I have a general idea of where I’m heading and then let the story play out in my head like a movie. This works best when I have a lengthy amount of uninterrupted time…which isn’t often.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I watch them. They are a mental movie and I am the recorder.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am an aspiring writer! I queried and was rejected until I felt like giving up. But…I didn’t. That’s the trick. Don’t quit!
Find what you love and do it. Don’t let others’ opinions decide your fate. I still have a LONG way to go.
Read. Write. Read. Write!!!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I wasn’t very familiar with self-publishing. I queried every agency in the US, I think. I had a few agents show some interests, but it always ended with a rejection.
I continued to write even though I felt like no one liked me – I loved writing too much to stop. I stumbled upon CreateSpace and never looked back. I’ve only been self-publishing for a short while, but I’ve accomplished a lot because I am a hard worker. I am having lots of fun too!
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-publishing is going to take over. E-books are what people prefer and they are here to stay.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
middle school and YA (mystery/paranormal romance)
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print