Q: How long have you been writing?
A: I've always kept a journal and written stories, but it wasn't until a few years ago when I took a couple online college courses that I contemplated writing an actual manuscript. A few nice contest wins fresh out of the starting gate, and I was off to the race for publication!
Q: What is a routine writing day for you?
A: With a couple of teenagers, two demanding dogs, an ornery cat and a home based business; I wish I had a routine day. Typically I try and take care of the business, family and house concerns early in the day so once I settle at the computer I usually have a good three to four hour run before everyone gets home and the evening insanity starts. Once in a while if I'm really submerged or on a deadline I keep writing long into the evening. Luckily all the family favorite take-out joints are on speed dial!
Q: How would you describe your writing voice?
A: Off key? Oops, you mean writing voice! Off beat then, a little funny, a little sarcastic and snarky.
Q: Do you write in silence or listen to music?
A: First draft I always listen to music but I usually cut to absolute silence when I go into edit mode so I can read things aloud. The little brown dog who never leaves my side is convinced I'm talking to her.
Q: Readers are always curious to know about authors' lives. What is the worst job (non-writing related) you've ever held?
A: Whoa. I've had some dirty ones. I'd have to say the worst was the season I spent in Holland packing and shipping flower bulbs. The warehouse was hot, some of the bulbs stunk and hyacinth bulbs in particular make you wickedly itchy when you're dealing with hundreds of them a day.
Q: Do you find love scenes easy or hard to write?
A: Well, you know, if it's not hardsorry. If the scene is difficult for me to write it's usually an indication that I'm trying to put it in at the wrong point in the story. When the timing is right, love scenes come quite easily. I really enjoy writing teasing foreplay.
Q: Do you ever act out your scenes?
A: The love scenes? Again, sorry. I often read the dialogue and act it out in my head to add in the kind of actions that would accompany the words. This helps me eliminate a lot of unnecessary dialogue tags.
Q: Where do you see your writing path taking you?
A: Hmm, I'm probably supposed to say bestseller lists or fame and fortune. Money is great but I'm too much a homebody to crave fame. I'd just like to keep on keeping on. To be able to publish and bring a hit of love and laughter into a readers life while I derive the same level of joy and satisfaction out of writing as I get right now.
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