Q. Have You always wanted to be an author?
A. Yes. When I was in school, I loved writing my biography, not realizing what I really loved was writing. Later I got involved in genealogy and found myself drawn to writing stories about my parents and grandparents. Today, it’s my passion. It’s so fun to write a story and see the enjoyment my readers get from it.
Q. What is your writing day like?
A. I wish I could say I have a regular schedule, up at 5:00 etc, but I can’t. I take the time to write when I can get it between watching grandkids, going with my husband and accomplishing all the other day to day things that must be done. Normally, I find an hour or so in the afternoon and you can find me writing away at my computer. Late at night (I’m a night owl) after my husband has gone to bed and the house is quiet, I seclude myself in my computer room which my husband calls “my hole”. That’s when I seem to get the most done away from any interruptions.
Q. Where do you get ideas for your stories?
A. Everywhere. My husband and I can be out for a drive and pass an old house and immediately my mind starts to whirl. The first story I wrote started as a result of a camping trip we took near the Great Salt Lake and we passed an abandoned ranch house. It intrigued me and became the scene for the beginning of my story. Sometimes it’s a newspaper article that strikes something and I have to create a story that seems to dance around in my head.
Q. What are some of your other interests?
A. My husband and I have ATVs and I love to ride in the mountains as well as the sand dunes. We go camping and fishing. I love the outdoors and seeing wildlife. I generally have season tickets to the theater. Spending time with family and especially my four little grandkids is time I cherish. I’m an avid reader and I love to travel, especially to Colorado to visit my sister.
Q. What is the first book you read that made you love reading romance?
A. I think Kathleen Woodiwiss’ books, The Wolf and The Dove and The Flame and The Flower made everyone fall in love with romance. They were wonderful.
Q. Who is your favorite author today?
A. Oh my, I don’t know how to pick a favorite as there are so many choose from. Near the top of my list would be Danielle Steel, LaVeryl Spencer and Lisa Jackson. I met RaeAnn Thayne and have started reading her books, and she is a fantastic writer.
Q. Do you have any advice for new authors?
A. Don’t give up. I remember a saying I found and I think it is so true. If it is to be, it’s up to me. You have to learn the craft, keep writing, take classes, but most of all don’t give up. You’re the only one who can make or break your destiny.
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