Q: How did you get started writing?
A: After years of wanting to be a writer, dreaming, I just started typing one night on a story idea I had in my head a long time. I stopped thinking about writing and started doing it. Sometimes you have to just go for it, jump in feet first, and see what happens.
Q: What is an average day writing like?
A: Actually, I rarely write during the weekday because I work a full-time job that keeps me busy. I do most of my writing on the weekends, starting around midnight until 6:00 in the morning when my husband and kids go to bed.
Q: Do you do an outline of your story idea before starting?
A: No, I never do a story outline. I tried it one time, and it drove me crazy because I prefer to let the story flow as I write. If I outline, I feel obligated to follow the outline, and that sometimes makes for a dull story. I usually start a manuscript by sitting down at my laptop and start typing. If I do any prep work, it's usually to jot down the character names, one sentence storyline, and then go from there. I do a lot of free-form writing. I just go with whatever I feel at the time. I get the entire story down first, and then change and edit afterwards to make sure it all makes sense.
Q: How long did it take you to write your first novel?
A: I wrote the rough draft for Pure Distraction in 6 weeks, then went through multiple weeks, editing the manuscript. In all, I would say it took me three months from beginning to submission.
Q: How do you keep the storyline/chapters together in your head?
A: I haven't figured that out yet. I use notes sometimes, but mostly I scribble on any piece of paper available. When I feel like I need to get organized (smile) I will use Notepad to jot down thoughts. But mostly I just type, type, and type some more. I worry about how the chapters flow and the story comes together during the editing phase.
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