Q: What is your writing day like?
A: I work nightshift three nights a week in the real world and it can be hell on my writing schedule. I fit writing into whatever piece of quiet I can carve out for myself. I often take my laptop odd places, (I think the grocery store is the only place I haven’t taken it) and always carry a pen and notebook in my purse. I never know when an idea or random conversation between characters will come to me.
Q: What do you consider your biggest writing weakness?
< p>A: I love my characters and often talk about them as if they are real people. I want them to live in perfect worlds and live happily ever after right from the start. I have to remind myself that conflict is a necessary ingredient for each story. Turmoil strengthens both characters and real people.
Q: What do you consider one of your writing strengths to be?
A: I believe my characters have a great deal of heart and goodness within them. It’s my goal to show that heart to the reader and share what wonderful people these characters are.
Q: Do you read and what are your favorite types of books to read?
A: I love to read. I used to read at least four or five books a week. If I had to pick one, I would probably choose paranormal romance as my favorite. I love seeing the characters and beings that “go bump in the night” find love and Happily-Ever-Afters. I love a good romantic suspense, historical (bring on the kilts and swords please) or contemporary romance. Now, my reading time has taken a backseat to my writing time.
Q: What do you do for fun, other than writing and reading?
A: I like to cook and try new recipes, especially if they require chocolate or caramel. I spend the majority of my free time with my kids, but a couple times a year I make time to go on a weekend trip with my friends to a book-signing or reader conference. There’s never a shortage of laughter when we get together. I listen to metal and hard rock music and am an internet shopping freak. Wow, wild and crazy, huh? Lol.
Q: What are your writing vices?
A: Snacking. I have the horrible “need” to snack while I write. Chips and salsa, jelly beans or dark chocolate. It’s a routine I need to break but those jelly beans are just so damn good.
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