Q: How important to you is reader appreciation of your stories?
A: I strive to write stories that my readers will enjoy. Even though I've always wanted to be a writer, in the back of my mind is ever the question, "Will the reader love this story?"
Q: How do your ideas for stories come to you?
A: My characters appear to me with a problem they need to solve, or trouble they're involved in, and pester me until I write their story. Of course it depends on what genre of story I want to write at the time as to which characters I take on. Some of my characters have had to wait a while, and they're very impatient. Many of my stories are inspired by family stories my Texas grandmother told me when I was very young. From those seeds of inspiration, I expand on my fictional stories using research for historical accuracy and additional story conflict. My novels and novellas take place in the southwest, mainly in Texas. One of my award winning stories was inspired by the discovery of dinosaur tracks near where I live. Standing with your toes at the edge of a thirty inch dinosaur footprint can change your life.
Q: What is your writing day like?
A: I'm a night owl, so I generally start my day of writing after I feed the pets, at about 10 am. I spend an hour or so reading and answering email to warm up. If I have writing related business to take care of I do that next. Afterwards, I work on writing and editing my current project, until my husband comes home in the evening. I stop for lunch and try to take breaks about every hour to keep the muse fresh. My dog and cat help with that when they ask to go outside or come inside. Sometimes I take a break for a photo op if I notice a dragonfly hovering over the koi pond, or amazing clouds above the mountains.
Q: When did you decide to be a writer?
A: My Texas grandmother inspired me with her storytelling, and my mother inspired me by reading to us kids every afternoon when we were little. So as soon as I learned how to spell, I started writing stories. I think that's when I decided to be a writer.
Q: Why do you write?
A: I've always been creative, whether in art, gardening, or writing. I think we're born with creative abilities, and a desire to expand on the ability that draws us and challenges us the most. I believe we're given desires and dreams for a reason, so that we may help and inspire others. I like stories with a happy ending, that's why I read and write romance. I hope my romance stories leave my readers with smiles on their faces.
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