Q: What is your day like?
A: My day consists of getting up before the break of dawn to open my latest work and write until my kids get up. The rest of the day is spent cleaning house, playing with kids, repairing and building computers, and cooking up my latest edible experiment. It’s family time in the evening until my wee one goes to bed. Then it’s time to break out a movie, watch my favorite Japanese anime, or play a little World of Warcraft. I sometimes find a little time at night to write or edit, and then it’s off to bed. Rinse. Repeat.
Q: How do you keep your creative cup filled?
A: I studied music in college and hoped to get my music education degree, but I ended up moving and never got to finish. But I love listening to music and find it one of my biggest inspirations and motivators to write through certain scenes.
Q: Do you outline your books or just start writing?
A: My stories usually begin with dreams. From there, I let memories stir inside my head until I develop a working plot. Then I sit down and begin to write. I love writing on a whim rather than outlining. For me, it holds surprise factor. Instead of, “This goes in this chapter, and that goes in that chapter” it’s “Oh wow, that’s a great twist! I’m going to write it down!”
Q: Tell us why you write the genre(s) that you write?
A: When I began writing, I set out for the horror and fantasy genres, but a love story always came into the picture. It was frustrating at first. I even quit writing, believing that I’d failed; at least until one person pointed out that my stories belonged in romance. Once I realized this, I found enjoyment in writing again and allowed whatever came to mind to pour out through my fingers.
Q: What or who inspired you to become a writer?
A: I read The Darksword Trilogy by Margaret Weiss and Tracy Hickman when I was younger, and several times since. It’s such a spectacular story that really got me interested in writing.
Q: Do you belong to a critique group? If so, how does this help you?
A: I think it’s very important for all authors to join a trusted critique group. I’m very lucky to have my critique partner, Kimberly Adkins. She keeps me going with constructive criticism and uplifting comments. She’s such a wonderful person and friend. I don’t think I would’ve made it this far as an author if it wasn’t for her rooting me on.
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