Life is a story, but I’m the worst at telling my own. I was born in Wyoming, and moved to Washington State in my late teens. The juxtaposition of a rural upbringing and an urban environment left me with a sharpened sense of irony and a wide pallet of stories to draw from. I spent my youth dabbling in different tech support positions, and I told my stories through a tight-knit group of artists and actors. Recently I discovered my love of writing, and since then everything has been gliding into place.
What inspires you to write?
Too many things inspire me to write. I will walk down the street and notice something shiny and stop to see what it is. I will hear a busker playing music and let them take me on their journey. A young woman will hand me a white rose for no reason before going on her way with her dog, and I will want to capture the entire scene immediately.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process is all over the place. I used to demand silence and solitude, but as I have a husband and son and a terrifically small condo, I have had to learn how to ignore Digimon and my husband’s board game nights. I’m also staring to make the switch from “pantser” to “plotter..” I used to write from the hip and push forward until I stopped. Now, I am learning how to write up character bios, setting work-ups, and plot arcs. It’s all very new, despite the fact that I’ve been a writer forever. It’s hard, making such a dramatic change. Or, really, it’s challenging. I told my son that the difference between “challenging” and “hard” is whether or not you’re still having fun. I’m still having fun learning all these new techniques.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Communications is a one-way street for me. I can hear my characters sometimes, telling me exactly what they think. Much like real people, they never listen to a thing I suggest and insist on going their own way, no matter what I had planned originally.
What advice would you give other writers?
Try new things. If something isn’t working, try something new. You don’t have to abandon your process, sometimes a small shift is enough to get the flow back. On the other hand, you could abandon your process and restructure everything about how you write. Whatever the story demands.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
My decision was slapdash and made with almost no research at all. A friend of mine came to the realization that he had all of these writer friends, but no one was doing the publishing. He decided then and there that he was going to be our go-to guy. He asked me for a manuscript, and I just happened to have a finished work. I spent three months polishing the heck out of it, and we put out The Corsican on Amazon. Unfortunately his dream got derailed by some life circumstances, but we learned so much.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
If I had a crystal ball, I don’t think it would help. I hear that reading is on it’s way out, but then I see books being churned out at an all time high. Someone’s got to be funding these writers. Even if they aren’t all making a living wage, they’re making enough to think it’s worth it. I read an article stating that self-publishing is replacing the slush pile in a publishing house. Given how easy Amazon makes self-publishing, I think many are going to be outing their work to the public, and that publishing houses are going to have to become more agile if they’re going to keep up. It’s a heck of a morass to be wading into, that is for sure.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Science Fiction, Urban Fantasy, Post-Apocalyptic
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print