Q: How do you create and define your characters?
A: Once I have an idea for a story, I try to figure out who my characters are before I go any further. Is he strong and compassionate? Is she spoiling for a fight? Why? I want to know how they will react when life gets tough for them. Still, my characters have been known to surprise me with a completely different reaction than I expected. Watching my characters grow is probably the thing I love most about writing.
Q: Have you always been creative?
A: Actually, no. At least, I never thought I was. I just about flunked art in school and you do not want to see my attempts at pottery. Demi Moore, I'm not. But I do have fun with the very addictive hobby of scrap-booking. And I've always loved weaving stories. While I may not be able to paint that scene in front of me, there's a real satisfaction that comes from nailing a description with words.
Q: Do you have any words of wisdom for aspiring writers?
A: Just do it. Seriously. Sit down and write. Get those stories that are whirling around your brain and circling your heart typed up. Then join a critique group and polish, polish, polish.
Q: What was it like to get "the call"?
A: Ahthe call. Did bells just softly chime around my head? That first sale is something I don't think I will ever forget. I was at a medical appointment with my mother when it came in, so I let it go to voicemail. I was so excited when I listened to it that everyone around me (in the waiting room) ended up hearing the story. My one regret? I should have had business cards with me to hand out! What a great promo moment!
Q: Do you ever work on more than one story at a time?
A: I don't like to. I get into my characters heads, so it's hard to switch back and forth. It's a part of the job, though. You finish one book and start the next. Invariably, you end up editing the one you sold while you are writing the one you hope to sell.
Q: Do you write at the same time each day?
A: Not necessarily. I have to fight the urge to have everything else (chores, errands, etc.) done before I write. Some days I win and I write most of the day. Sometimes, though, life gets in the way. I try to do something in relation to my writing each and every day. My favorite time to write is in the evening. The ambiance (my favorite word, by the way) is better for me. I can light my candles, put on whatever music is currently inspiring me and let the artistic side of me loose.
Q: What's next for you?
A: I'm currently working on more stories in my pirate series, which began with Stolen Treasures. After that, well, I've got a notebook full of ideas to inspire me.
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