Q: Where do you get your ideas?
For me, ideas come from everywhere — headlines and song lyrics are great for sparking them. One of my favorite things to do is people watch. I like to make up backstories for the people I see at the park or the grocery store. Some of them have even become characters in my books!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write! I know that’s not very helpful, but it’s the best advice I can give. Writing is a skill like any other, and if you practice it, you’ll improve. No one else can tell the story you have in your head as well as you can, and if it’s something that interests you, there’s sure to be an audience for it. As you’re telling your story, don’t worry about grammar or style because you can always tweak it later. For now, just write.
Q: Do you ever get writer’s block?
Of course! I think all authors do, and it’s incredibly frustrating. My trick is to walk away from whatever I’m stuck on and find something else to do. If I sit and stare at the paper, I start to worry that I’ll never be able to write a coherent sentence again, but if I go fold a load of laundry, that gives my subconscious a chance to work on the problem while my hands are busy. Usually a new idea will present itself, which is why I always keep a notebook with me.
Q: What is your writing process?
I start with a basic scenario that I don’t commit to paper. In the early stages, I just think about the idea and let it develop in the back of my mind. When I feel like I have main gist of the story, I’ll jot down the basic structure, which is mostly a list of character beats and plot points, so I have a rough map for where the book is going. However, once I start writing, I find that my characters don’t always follow the outline! They have a tendency to do their own thing, so I have to revise as I go along.
Q: What’s the best thing about being an author?
For me, the best thing is all the wonderful people I’ve met through my writing. I’ve found a whole community of readers and writers who support each other and generously share ideas and feedback. There’s nothing better than hearing that reading one of my books helped make someone’s day a little brighter.
Q: When and why did you start writing?
I think I’ve always been a writer. Even in elementary school, I was jotting down stories for my teachers and classmates. Their encouragement gave me the confidence to keep at it, and I’ve never stopped. I have so many stories in my head that I want to share that I plan to keep writing for a very long time.
Q: Which is more important: characters or plot?
I think characters are the most important thing, especially in romance. If the reader doesn’t care about a character, nothing that happens to that character will have any emotional resonance, but when you love a character, even their most mundane activities become interesting. I fall in love with every character I write, and I hope my readers love them too.
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