Borrowed Wings, has received the Children’s Literary Classics Seal of Approval.
Memories won first place in the WSBR International Poetry Contest. It is included in her book of poetry, Tilting at Windmills and Words,
She has been writing for over forty-five years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years. She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren.
She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, picture books and poetry. There are several projects in various stages of completion and there are always characters and stories waiting for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
What inspires you to write?
Every place, person or experience is subject to being written into one of my short stories, poems or books. I have a very short attention span, so when other people are talking, my mind is off somewhere else plotting someone’s murder or romance.
Tell us about your writing process.
I work a full time job so I write whenever I get the chance. I used to shut myself in my office, turn my music up full blast and work until I ran out of words. Since purchasing my laptop, I put my headsets on, turn my music up and write until I run out of words. I don’t have a set number of words to do every day like so many other writers do. Some days I don’t write anything. Writing is my sinful pleasure, so why would I want to make it into a chore?
I’m a fly by the seat of my pants type of writer. The outline is in my head. My habit is to change the plot, if the new plot will be a bigger surprise or make it into a more powerful story. I do have a list I keep tacked to a corkboard above my computer with my characters’ names and their profiles. I’m forever forgetting someone’s hair or eye color. It’s easier looking at that list than flipping through the manuscript trying to see how I had described a person.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters keep me awake at night with the conversations they have with each other. I don’t mind though because that’s when I know my story is going well.
What advice would you give other writers?
Never give up. The only way you can fail is if you stop writing. The publishing world is not going to come knocking on your door. So write your book and knock on their door instead.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I went through traditional publishers with my first five books, but after fighting to receive my royalties I decided to publish through Amazon. I love the freedom of choosing my own book covers and prices. Of course, all of the costs for editing falls squarely on my shoulders, but it has been worth having my books under my control.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As popular as ebooks are, I believe print books will always be available. Traditional publishers will have to change how they do things if they are going to stay alive though. Indie authors are changing the face of the publishing world with their great books and lower prices.
If you are thinking of publishing your own books, use a good editor. You may only get one chance at winning new readers. If they choose your book, and it’s filled with mistakes, they may not give you another chance.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
romance poetry, horror, inspirational, picture book
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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