I’m an author, a wife, a mother, a friend, a sister, a daughter, and so much more! I’ve always loved reading and found myself wanting to continue the stories I loved so much, which is how I started writing. Now I’ve finally reached my dream of being published. My novels are mainly romance, though there are a lot of other elements as well. My books prove that you can have the romance and the passion without having to sacrifice great plot lines or strong character personalities.
What inspires you to write?
I find inspiration from a lot of sources. Initially, I was inspired by other authors. As an avid reader, I wanted to create stories of my own that people would love to read. My family, friends, and personal life experiences inspire me as well. I chose the romance genre to be my main genre because I wanted to prove that romance books can be hot and steamy but still have strong characters and a good plot as well.
Tell us about your writing process.
I actually have what I think is a pretty unique process that helps me to get ideas for my books. I have written down 100 or so different plot points, ideas for character personalities, settings, and things like that. They’re a mix between things I like to see or think would be fun to write about, and things that have been used in some of my favorite romance novels. So when I want to write a new book, I will pick 5-10 of them out of a hat and challenge myself to write a story that incorporates all of those things. It makes the writing difficult and exciting but also really fun!
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I would say yes, I listen to them. Not sure about talking to them because well, that might look kinda weird 😉 But I definitely feel like I know their personalities and I listen as far as if I start to write something that just doesn’t feel like something that character’s personality would have them say or do, I definitely would change it based on that.
What advice would you give other writers?
My advice for other writers would simply be to go for it. Finishing an entire book is the first step. A lot of people start and never even finish, so if you get that far, you’re already on the right track! Also never give up and never let anyone make you feel like you’re anything less than awesome.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I made the decision to self publish through Amazon because for one, I love the control that it gives me. I get to set all of the details and really go through the entire process from beginning to end and see all of it, which I wouldn’t get to do with traditional publishing. Also, it gives me the chance to get my book out there right away versus waiting months or longer.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think it’s a really exciting time for authors right now because self publishing is no longer the suicide that it used to be. E-books are so popular right now that there are plenty of authors that are almost as successful via self publishing than some traditionally published authors. I think that’s awesome and I see it continuing to expand even more in the coming years.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
romance, erotica, mystery, thriller
What formats are your books in?