Book that started your love of Reading: The Flame and the Flower
Number of times you were still reading into dawn: At least 10
Favorite Movie that could should have been a book first: Gladiator
Favorite Book that was adapted into a movie: They really don’t translate 100%
What inspires you to write?
Like many other authors, I loved reading, diving into new worlds, and following different characters. The inspiration to write was a natural progression as there were worlds I wanted to create and characters only I could bring to life.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am an aspiring outliner but will probably never outgrow my pantser tendencies. When I begin a novel I see flashes of scenes and compelling narratives but when winding the story together I feel like writing in a direction that I hadn’t intended adds a needed unpredictable twist to my stories.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I think of it as my characters already have goals, motivation, and conflict. Their character traits are pretty predictable. My job is to throw in road blocks, unthinkable challenges, and take them on an emotional roller coaster.
So, I listen but … they have to work for the happily ever after.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write to your Muse. In today’s publishing world you can speak to so many people without a filter. It is the most freeing thing as an artist. Write what’s in your head. It’s your story first and foremost.
Then Invest in yourself and your craft. Think of your editor as a sidekick and your cover designer as your road-dog.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went through the agent query and submission process. The wait times are astronomical with no guarantee of results. Then I researched self-publishing and never looked back. I like that I don’t have to write to imprint guidelines or fit a category. I don’t need someone else to believe in my work. I believe in myself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The story of book publishing will continue to push the envelope for authors and readers. Books will be around long after I’m gone but the market will definitely change many times before then. I don’t think print nor ebooks will go obsolete but there will be highs and lows for traditional and indie publishers alike.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense, Historical Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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