I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble when I would try to convince others that my stories were real.
When I’m not busy writing, I spend time with my family. I also run a home preschool and educate my kids from home.
What inspires you to write?
I have always loved telling stories. All kinds of things inspire stories, and I will never have enough time to write them all. Walking through a neighborhood can inspire stories: Why is that house abandoned? Why is that one foreclosed? What happened to the people? What’s that strange noise? It doesn’t take much for my imagination to run wild!
Tell us about your writing process.
I started out as a pantser, but am more in the middle now, seeing how important it is to outline and have a road map. If I know where I’m going, I can get there a lot faster. I still like to find the story as I write, so my outlining is pretty bare bones, giving me a lot of room for allowing the story to go where it wants.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I give them full control when I’m writing. I can’t tell you how many times one has done something that I never saw coming. That’s one reason I like to write loose outlines. My characters have minds of their own!
What advice would you give other writers?
Listen to others who have achieved success that you haven’t, but don’t take it as law. Do what works for you. There’s not much that everyone has to do and what works for one person won’t necessarily work for another. There are a lot of variables, including genre, which can mean you need to follow a different of rules. A horror writer will have a much different writing and marketing experience than a sweet romance author.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’ve never had any interest in dealing with agents and publishers, so when I heard about the indie revolution, I jumped on it, eager to start writing fiction again. I love that I can write the books I want to write and get it directly out to the readers without the middle men.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m excited about the direction it’s going.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Paranormal, Romance, Suspense
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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