Q: What's your typical writing day like?
A: Wake up, get the kids to school, work on the (at-home) day job, squeeze in a few minutes of editing during breaks. Retrieve kids from school, take kids to piano lessons, type on laptop in the car while youngest watches a DVD. Sports practice/game, dinner, bath, bedtime, work on writing/editing/promo/etc. until the wee hours. Fall into bed, wake up the next day, lather-rinse-repeat.
Q: How long have you been writing?
A: About as long as I've been able to hold a pencil! My mom still has my first "published" work, an illustrated story titled When Mommy is Cold, I Have to Wear a Sweater. I've always written, from essays to stories to really maudlin poetry (the high school years). I even won a college scholarship for a quarter's tuition for a personal essay about a boy I had a crush on during a Knowledge Bowl tournament. Hmm, maybe that should have been my first clue I would end up writing romance!
Q: Okay then, why romance?
A: I came late to the romance genre, both as a reader and a writer. My first published works were fantasy. It wasn't until my second child was born that I started exploring romance as a genre both to read and to write. In no time at all, I was hookedand I haven't stopped reading or writing romance since!
Q: What do you like to read?
A: Everything! I love most subgenres of romance: contemporary, historical, suspense, paranormal, erotic, and "sweet," not to mention sci-fi/fantasy, mystery, biographies, cereal boxes, instruction manuals. You name it, I'll probably read it.
Q: What's the best writing advice you've ever received?
A: It's an acronym I try to keep in mind on a daily basis BICHOK. It stands for Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. The only way the writing will get done is to sit down and do it.
Q: What's your favorite thing about writing?
A: Can I say everything? No? Okay, I'll narrow it down. For me, it's that moment when the characters do something completely unexpected that changes the course of the book. That's when the book and characters really come alive for me.
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