Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: I have always wanted to be a writer from the time I was a pre-teen. Unfortunately, surviving life got in the way, though. So did having children. A mom’s life is not her own until the kids are grown and gone. I’ve had to work jobs that I didn’t particularly enjoy just to be able to support us. Despite the day jobs, I continued to write when I could steal time away from my responsibilities when I got home. I never gave up on my dream of becoming a published author.
Q: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
A: I’ve always had stories swirling around in my head. Sometimes I dream ideas and stories. Sometimes a series idea pops into my head out of nowhere. I remember writing stories from the time I was twelve or so. I used to present them to my siblings when we would play outside as children.
Q: Do you see writing as a career?
A: I do. I also see being able to write as a wonderful gift. I value every moment that I’m able to write, and I love every bit of the writing process.
Q: Are there messages in your novels that you want readers to grasp?
A: Absolutely. I want everyone to realize that they should wait for that one person who values them. We all deserve to be loved completely and respected without question. Too many of us settle and accept disrespect and abuse because we think we’re not worthy of any other treatment. We have to recognize that we deserve love, respect, and kindness, and not settle for anything less.
Q: Why do you write M/M novels?
A: Well, I have to say that I don’t think of what I write as M/M novels. I think of them as love stories. They just happen to be about men who fall in love with other men and commit themselves to each other. If the world would just accept that love is love, regardless of the genders of those involved, it would be a much better place.
Q: What is the hardest part of writing?
A: Besides finding the time to write, I think the hardest thing about writing any series is to create the world and the characters who belong in that world. I use a spreadsheet to keep all the facts organized so that what is unique to that world and to those characters remains constant.
Q: Do you have any advice to other writers?
A: Do NOT give up. Do NOT compromise your ideals or morals. Write because you have to. Write because you have something to say. Make sure your writing skills are ready to accept the challenges that await them.
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