Q: In your bio you say you’ve always wanted to be published. Have you always wanted to write romance?
A: Actually I have story ideas for different genres floating around in my “Work in Progress” folder. I hope to get to tell some of these stories eventually. Not all of them will be full romances, but all will have romance in them. I fell in love with romance when my mom gave me my first Barbara Cartland romance in 8th grade. After that I started writing mostly happily-ever-after stories.
Q: Do you have a “ritual” for when you are writing?
A: Actually, yes I do. I put on music, depending on the type of scene I’m writing. It could be Counting Crows to Mozart. And the second part is that I eat wasabi peas. They give me that little burn that keeps me going, I guess.
Q: What has been the hardest obstacle to overcome in your writing?
A: I would have to say fear. I have written for years. I completed my first book in 1995. I started many others but when I would get close to the end I would get “distracted” by something, anything. I had to conquer my fear of rejection. I did that with the help of a great bunch of writers who are part of my local RWA chapter.
Q: What is your favorite part of being an author?
A: To finally be able to share my stories with others. After all, isn’t that what it is all about?
Q: Do you have any advice for others who have the same dream as you?
A: Don’t give up! Seriously, you’ll want to, you’ll tell yourself you’re not good enough or a thousand other things. But it’s not true. If you truly want to write and be published, don’t give up. Find some friends or a writer’s group you can join to give you support. But don’t let the fear psych you out.
Q: What’s next for you?
A: I’m working on the next stories in the Vampire of Eternity series. So many vampires, so little time! After that I have another series that is begging to be written.
Q: How do you get your ideas?
A: Actually I get a lot of them from dreams. I have the weirdest and most amazing dreams. I’ve gotten up in the middle of the night and written them down so I don’t forget them. Sometimes, I’ll hear something in a newscast or see something in my surroundings and my brain starts percolating, and then it goes from there. I have to admit that my characters do “talk” to me. I’ve started writing and found the story ends up in a completely different direction after several chapters.
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